India’s prowess in the death overs has given them a significant white-ball advantage over Australia as the hosts face two must-win Twenty20 games in Sydney.
After dropping their first two games of the tour, India’s back-to-back wins in Canberra have kickstarted their summer.
On both occasions Australia looked to have things under control when bowling first.
But India scored a combined 2-140 in the final five overs of both innings, finding the rope 10 times and clearing it on eight additional occasions in the process.
In comparison, Australia have flatlined through the same period as Pat Cummins was rested with the ball and their lower-order exposed with the bat.
Their final five-over figures stand at a combined 6-56 for the two games in Canberra, with just one four and two sixes.
“It could be a bit of both (with India’s strength and poor Australian execution),” Moises Henriques said of India’s late-innings efforts with the bat.
“Maybe we have to adjust our plan … It’s something I am sure each bowler will reflect on individually with what their plans were.
“We will need to have a look at how we can explore and learn from the last couple of games.”
India also have the advantage of coming off more T20 cricket.
Each of their squad featured in the IPL, with several of them among the competition’s best performers.
Meanwhile, just five of Australia’s side from Friday night were in Dubai for the tournament, with the likes of Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell in and out of their teams.
“Playing Twenty20 cricket in Dubai for the past few months gives us that extra preparation,” Sanju Samson, who hit the second most sixes in the IPL, said.
“We are a bit more ready to play in the Twenty20 format.
“I can say that some Australian players have also played in the IPL, so they have equally benefited.”