India and Australia will square off in the three-match Twenty20 International series after the ODI series ended with Australia won 2-1. Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team lost two high-scoring encounters at the Sydney Cricket Ground but they narrowly avoided the whitewash when they won the match by 13 runs at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. With this win, the Indian cricket team head into the T20I series high on confidence. Both the sides consist of players who have performed brilliantly in IPL 2020.
India and Australia have played 20 Twenty20 Internationals, with Virat Kohli’s team winning 11 clashes while Australia have won eight. India have won four out six T20Is in Australia since 2016 and they will be favorites heading into the series. Australia, on the other hand, have won three out of the last five T20Is against India in two previous series.
T20I Games played – 20
Won by Australia – 8
Won by India – 11
Matches with no result – 1
Five previous encounters
India vs Australia, February 27, 2019, Bengaluru. Result: Australia won by 7 wickets
Virat Kohli was in fine form as he blasted 74 off 38 balls which included six sixes. MS Dhoni gave the innings a great flourish with 40 off 23 balls. However, Glenn Maxwell stepped up and delivered a brilliant performance as he blasted 113 off 55 balls which included seven fours and nine sixes. His display of big-hitting aptly summed up his moniker ‘Big Show’ and Australia won a T20I series in India for the first time.
India vs Australia, February 24, 2019, Vizag. Result: Australia won by three wickets
In a low-scoring encounter at Vizag, KL Rahul smashed 50 but Nathan Coulter-Nile took three wickets as India were restricted to 126/7. However, Glenn Maxwell smashed 56 and kept Australia in the hunt. Jasprit Bumrah took 3/16 and gave India a glimmer of hope but Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson held their nerve to guide Australia over the line on the last ball of the match.
Australia vs India, November 25, 2018, Sydney. Result: India won by six wickets
Australia’s batsmen got starts but all of them failed to convert it into a big score. Krunal Pandya was the star with 4/36. Shikhar Dhawan got going in style with 41 but it was Virat Kohli who showed his class with a brilliant, unbeaten 61. His knock once again showed his class in a chase as India drew the series.
Australia vs India, November 23, 2018, Melbourne. Result: No result
In a rain-affected game in Melbourne, Australia struggled to get going with Khaleel Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking two wickets apiece. However, persistent rain forced the game to be called off.
Australia vs India, November 21, 2018, Brisbane. Result: Australia won by 4 runs
Glenn Maxwell blasted four sixes and he notched up a brilliant 46 off 24 balls. Marcus Stoinis smashed an unbeaten 33 off 19 balls as Australia notched up 158/4 in a match reduced to 17-overs-per-side due to rain. Shikhar Dhawan smashed 76 off 42 balls but Adam Zampa and Marcus Stoinis took two wickets. Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik kept India in the hunt but a poor shot from Pant resulted in a India collapse that saw them lose by four runs.