India vs Australia 2019: India cricketer Dinesh Karthik looks in ominous touch ahead of the 2nd T20I at Bengaluru. Karthik was out for a golden duck in the T20I opener at Vizag. He knows a lot is at stake when he comes out to bat on Wednesday as the Men in Blue would look to avoid a whitewash. During the latest net session, Karthik was seen spanking the ball and it was coming off well from the middle of the bat. It also indicates Karthik could be playing at Bengaluru as some media houses suggested he could be replaced. Also Read - SA vs ENG 2020, 2nd T20I Match Report: Dawid Malan's Fifty Guides England to Four-Wicket Win vs South Africa; Visitors Take Unassailable 2-0 Lead
Meanwhile, it is an important game for India they could lose the bilateral T20I series at home.
The focus remains firmly on the World Cup but India would also be desperate to ensure that a home series does not slip out of their grip when they take on Australia in the second and final T20 International in Bengaluru on Wednesday. India is 0-1 down after an inexplicably poor batting performance led to a three-wicket loss in the lung-opener in Visakhapatnam. The below-par 126 with the bat on Sunday denied bowlers a decent shot at securing a win even though the Jasprit Bumrah-led attack did all it could to keep the home team in the game till the final over of the match.
India skipper Virat Kohli has already said that his squad composition for the World Cup in May-July is “more or less sorted” but has not ruled out rewarding standout performances over the course of two T20s and five ODIs. Considering the captain’s current frame of mind, both KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant are likely to feature in most of the games against Australia.