India tour of Australia: Virat Kohli has expressed his aim to capitalise on the opposition captain Aaron Finch’s absence in the 2nd T20I in Syndey.
India captain Virat Kohli in Australia T20Is. (AP Photo)
- Virat Kohli chose to field and restrict Australia in Finch’s absence
- Australia head coach Justin Langer informed about Finch’s injury
- India are 1-0 ahead in the 3-match T20I series in Australia
Virat Kohli’s India, who already have a 1-0 lead from the 1st T20I, are eyeing a series win in Sydney where they are set to lock horns with the Australian side. Kohli won the toss at the start of the 2nd T20I and chose to field first, but to everyone’s surprise, Australia captain Aaron Finch was replaced by Matthew Wade at the Syndey Cricket Ground.
“Finch texted me this morning and said he was 70-30 to play. He was close but he started moving and it wasn’t right. He has a small tear in his glute. He is a chance to play Tuesday,” Australia head coach Justin Langer explained the reason for Finch’s absence.
Kohli said that the team is looking forward to capitalising Aaron Finch’s absence and hence chose to restrict Australia and chase the score down. India had won the 1st T20I after successfully defending 161 in Canberra. Both teams announced quite a few changes, forced and unforced, at the toss.
“We will bowl first. Pitch looked really nice in the second half in the previous games we played. They are missing Aaron Finch today, so we want to restrict them and chase it down. Chahal replaces Jadeja. Thakur replaces Shami. Iyer in for Pandey,” Virat Kohli said at the toss.
“Happy to be leading. Well.. someone had to step in (to lead the side, smiles). Happy to be captaining Australia. Finch, Hazlewood, Starc are out. Sams, Stoinis and Tye are in,” Australia’s stand-in captain Matthew Wade said at the toss.