Virat Kohli and his Blue Brigade are on the verge of winning their second T20 international series in Australia as they lock horns with the hosts in the 2nd T2OI at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a few hours from now.
The ‘Men In Blue’ have taken the early lead in the 3-match series courtesy their narrow 11-run win over the hosts at the Manuka Oval in Canberra a few days back.
The ‘Blue Brigade’ are enjoying a 8-match winning streak in the shortest format of sport at the international level riding high on back to back series wins over Sri Lanka (2-0) and New Zealand (5-0) followed by their win against the ‘Aussies’ in the series opener at Canberra.
Upbeat and high on confidence, the visiting Indian team will relish the opportunity of making it nine wins in a row when they play Australia at the SCG. India have won both their previous T20I encounters at the SCG, with their wins coming against hosts Australia.
Pitch Report At The Sydney Cricket Ground
The Sydney Cricket Ground has built a reputation of being a high scoring venue off late with teams notching up massive totals while batting on the batting friendly strips at the SCG.
The last two ODIs played at the SCG saw the Australians racking up totals in excess of 350 and winning the games against the Indians by substantial margins.
The deck at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the 2nd T20 international between India and Australia is likely to play no different and fans can be in for yet another run fest on a true and lively batting strip.
The complexion of the track at the SCG has changed a bit over the years with the decks offering both pace and bounce to the seamers. SCG used to historically be considered one of the most spin friendly wickets across the cricketing landscape of Australia.
Ground Records At SCG In T2OIs
If one were to go by the records at the SCG, teams batting second have come out victorious more than the teams setting up totals batting first. Both of India’s wins against Australia in the T20 encounters at SCG also came while chasing down big totals against the hosts.
Totals T20I Matches played at SCG: 7
Matches won by teams batting first: 2
Matches won by teams batting second: 4
Matches abandoned: 1
Average Batting Score: 164
Highest team score: 221/5 – Australia vs England, 2007
The skies over Sydney is bright and clear and with a clear day devoid of any rain, conditions will be conducive for a T2O international at the SCG. Players too will enjoy playing on the green turf with temperatures expected to hover around the 25-30 degrees Celsius mark all through the game.