Dec 8: Australia vs India, 3rd T20I, Sydney

Pro Tip: With Australia missing many of their key players, put more Indian players in your XI, especially if India are chasing again - chasing teams have won the last five completed T20Is played in Sydney.

Our XI: KL Rahul, Matthew Wade, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Steven Smith, Hardik Pandya, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, T Natarajan, Shardul Thakur, Andrew Tye

Substitutes: Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis

Player availability: David Warner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Ravindra Jadeja are not available. Navdeep Saini, Ashton Agar, Aaron Finch and Josh Hazlewood all have injuries. We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.

Captain: Virat Kohli

Kohli scored a 24-ball 40 in the last game. He couldn't finish the game, but we are backing him to do that in this game if the chance arises. Among the players in the current squad, nobody has scored more runs than Kohli in Sydney - 151 in three innings at a strike rate of 149.50.

Vice-captain: KL Rahul

Rahul has carried forward his IPL form, and is leading the chart with 81 runs in two games. In the last 12 months in T20Is, he has scored 568 runs in 12 innings at an average of 51.63 and a strike rate of 144.89, which is the most by any player.

Hot Picks

Matthew Wade: Wade, Australia's stand-in captain, wicketkeeper and opening batsman hit 58 off 32 balls the last time. In the last three Big Bash Leagues, he has averaged 44.25 at a strike rate of 155.94 while opening the batting.

Hardik Pandya: Pandya has been at his best with the bat ever since landing in Australia. He was the highest run-scorer for India in the ODI leg of the tour with 210 in three innings. and in the last T20I, he chased 14 runs in the final over and won the game with a 22-ball 42*.

T Natarajan: Natarajan was already a known death bowler, but he has proved he can bowl in any situation of the game in this series. He is the leading wicket-taker in this T20I series with five strikes at an average of 10.00 and an economy of 6.25.

Differential Picks

Moises Henriques: Henriques returned 4-0-22-3 in the first game of the series but was underbowled in the last game. No other Australian has picked up more than two wickets so far, so they might be tempted to bowl him more in this game. He has also scored 56 runs in the series.

Steven Smith: T20 may not be his favourite format, but Smith certainly knows how to score runs against India in Sydney. In the three games he played against India in this tour at the SCG, he has scored 255 runs.

Alternate Scenarios

  • If Rahul is rested, Wade can be the vice-captain, and Mayank Agarwal can replace Rahul in the XI.

  • Marcus Stoinis might not be fit enough to bowl, but he can still get you points with the bat. He can replace Henriques.