After a successful start to their preparations for the T20 World Cup, India will try to finalise their batting order for the tournament properly when they face Australia in their second and last warm-up game in Dubai on Wednesday. On Sunday, India will face Pakistan in their Super-12 season opener. The event will mark Virat Kohli’s final appearance as captain in the format, as well as Ravi Shastri’s final appearance as head coach.

India’s top three is already established, as Kohli stated before the warm-up game against England on Monday, with KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma starting the batting and the skipper coming in at the vital No. 3 position. Ishan Kishan has staked his cause for a position in the playing eleven after making a stroke-filled 70 before retiring in the seven-wicket win over England.

Rishabh Pant (29 not out) was promoted ahead of Suryakumar Yadav, and where the latter bats on Wednesday remains to be seen. Rohit did not bat against England, but the right-hander is anticipated to bat against Australia on Wednesday.

The talk of the town is all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who didn’t look at ease during his brief appearance against England. It’s unclear whether the Indian think-tank would use Pandya only as a hitter now that he’s not bowling.

In the event that one of the five-man attack has a bad day on the field, India will be without a sixth bowling option. On Monday, Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck against England, but Jasprit Bumrah was at his best. India have been unbeaten in eight series in a row since losing the home series against Australia 2-0 before the 2019 ODI World Cup. India has played 72 T20 matches since the 2016 T20 World Cup, winning 45 of them.