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T20 World Cup: India will play maximum 2 matches in Melbourne, know the record against Pakistan and what will be the challenge?

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T20 World Cup: India to play two matches in Melbourne
Team India’s first match against Pakistan on 23 October
How is India’s record in Melbourne and what will be the challenge?

New Delhi. Rohit Sharma’s Team India will play its first match in the T20 World Cup against Pakistan on 23 October. This match will be played in Melbourne. India has to play another match in Super-12 on this ground. This match will be played on November 6 and in this match, India will compete with the winner team of Group-B of the qualifying round. Scotland, Ireland, Zimbabwe and West Indies are in this group. Out of this, the team that will be on top after the qualifying round will face India in the Super-12 round on 6 November. In such a situation, it becomes necessary to know how India’s record is in Melbourne and what kind of challenge Team India can face in this stadium with a capacity of about one lakh spectators.

Before knowing about the challenge, let us know what is the record of Team India in Melbourne. India has to play its first match at this ground against Pakistan on 23 October. This will be the first T20 between the two countries in Melbourne. Before this, India and Pakistan have never faced each other in T20 at this ground. But, in ODIs, both the teams have definitely clashed.

So far two ODIs have been played between India and Pakistan in Melbourne and India has won both. India won both these matches 37 years ago in the Benson & Hedges World Championship.

India won 50% of T20s in Melbourne
By the way, India has won 50 percent of ODI matches here. India has played a total of 22 ODIs at this ground and won 11 of them. As far as T20 is concerned, India has played 4 T20Is against Australia in Melbourne and won 2 of them while losing one. A match has been fruitless. That is, India has won 50 percent of its T20 matches in Melbourne.

Experience of playing only 3 Indian players in Melbourne
Of the 15 players in the Indian team selected for the T20 World Cup, only 3 have played T20 matches in Melbourne. It includes Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik. Kohli is India’s top scorer. He has scored 90 runs in 2 T20 innings here with the help of a half-century. Rohit has also scored 68 runs in the same innings. He has also scored a half-century.

Melbourne wicket suitable for batting
Now let us know how the mood of the Melbourne wicket can be? Generally, Melbourne wicket is considered to be the most suitable for batting in all the grounds in Australia. Here the ball hits the bat well. In this T20 World Cup, matches are being played or will be played at all the venues. Among them, Melbourne Cricket Ground has the highest run rate.

According to the report of ESPN Cricinfo, from October 1, 2020 to October 1, 2022, all the T20 matches have been played at this ground. Runs have been scored in it at a run rate of 8.30. Not only this, 49 percent of the runs in all T20 matches during this period have come from boundaries. At the same time, the team that chases 50 percent match runs has won. This clearly means that Melbourne’s wicket is good for batting. On average, spin bowlers bowl more overs here.

What is the challenge before Team India?
India has not played too many T20 matches here. At the same time, 12 players out of the 15-member squad do not have experience of playing on this ground. The grounds of Australia are very large and here any batsman or bowler has to bowl considering the size of the field.

If we talk about Melbourne itself, here the boundaries of mid on and mid off are small. In such a situation, in the powerplay over, if the batsmen play more shots with the bat and hit the ball and hit it towards mid on or mid off, then they can score more runs. At the same time, the square boundary on both sides of the wicket is long. In such a situation, it will not be easy for the batsmen of Indian or any other team to hit the square of the wicket six.

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Spinners can be effective as square boundaries are large
Taking advantage of this, bowlers use slower balls in Melbourne, so that the chances of hitting fours and sixes are less. In such a situation, Indian batsmen will have to keep this in mind in Pakistan and then in the match on November 6 and try to play shots towards the short boundary, so that the risk of getting out and getting runs can also be reduced.

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Due to the large square boundary, leg spinners can prove to be effective here. He can change the length of the ball and force the batsman to shoot towards the big boundary. India also have Yuzvendra Chahal in the form of a leg and R Ashwin in the off-spinner. Team India can try to get maximum wickets by using them in the middle overs in both their matches to be held in Melbourne, so that the effect of the death over can be eliminated.

Tags: India vs Paksitan, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rohit Sharma, T20 World Cup, T20 World Cup 2022, Team India, Virat Kohli

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