India vs Australia 2nd T20I: India captain Virat Kohli is the best when it comes to knocking down a total. It would suit him if the case arises as records suggest that the team batting second has the advantage at the MA Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. With India looking to avoid an embarrassing whitewash, they should win the toss and opt to field first.
Numbers reveal that all six completed matches between India and Australia in India have been won by the team chasing. Moreover, in the last five matches, the team batting first has won just twice so history will be on the side of the team which will be chasing at this venue.
Meanwhile, the current captain and former captain- Kohli and Dhoni – will be looking to get themselves 50 T20I sixes. The 37-year-old Dhoni has 49 sixes while Kohli is just one behind at 48. The race for this unique record will be on when these players get on the pitch in Bengaluru against the Aussies.
102 in 86 innings: Rohit Sharma
74 in 51 innings: Yuvraj Singh
56 in 66 innings: Suresh Raina
49 in 84 innings: MS Dhoni
48 in 61 innings: Virat Kohli
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 are 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.