With a comfortable victory in the first ODI against India, Australia is leading in three-match series. They will play the second ODI match on Sunday (November 27) at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) to clinch the series their name.
Australia entered with a well-balanced side with six bowling options. Opting to bat first, they gave a monstrous 375 runs target courtesy of Aaron Finch and Steve Smith scored centuries. While defending the target, Mitchell Starc went expensive, but Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa stepped in to dismantle India’s batting line up. Eventually, they won the match by 66 runs.
But the bad news for Australia is that their pivotal all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has picked up a side injury. He is likely to be rested for the penultimate ODI, but the host has several young replacement options. Here, let’s take a look at how their playing XI will shape in.
Australia’s Predicted XI:
David Warner played a quick-firing knock of 69 runs while stitched up 156 runs partnership with Aaron Finch to bedrock Australia’s victory. If southpaw once again plays a similar knock in the second ODI, India will be in trouble.
Aaron Finch (C):
Australia’s white-ball captain Aaron Finch, who had a poor form in IPL, bamboozle India’s bowler. He went on to score 114 runs before Mohammed Shami picked his wicket. His strong comeback is a piece of big positive news for Australia.
Marnus Labuschagne was pushed down the order as the top-order batsman had already built good innings. However, he could not play a big knock as Navdeep Saini picked his wicket for two runs.
The mainstay of Australia’s batting Steven Smith murdered India’s bowling attack. He went on to play a gun-blazing knock of 105 runs off 66 balls and was adjudged with Man of the match. His innings was the difference-maker.
Glenn Maxwell, who was also a big flop in the IPL 2020, played a rocket-fueling knock of 45 runs off 19 balls. He accelerated the innings as soon he came in the field and guided Australia to set a mammoth total.
Alex Carey (wk):
Although Matthew Wade has returned to Australia’s squad, the team has gone with Alex Carey for the wicketkeeper-batsman position, who has been with the team in the past matches. He has good hands while also gave a good contribution with the bat.
Marcus Stoinis was out for a duck, but he left his presence with the ball, leaking away only 25 runs in his 6.2 over. But as he has picked up an injury, Cameron Green is likely to replace him. The youngster will play his first debut match.
The leg-spinner Adam Zampa demolished India’s middle-order batsman. He picked up the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya, who was taking away the game from Australia. Overall, he picked up four wickets in his 10 overs quota.
Pat Cummins is also among the list of Australians, who didn’t prove their worth in the IPL 2020. In his eight overs, he conceded 52 runs at the economy rate of 6.50 while went wicketless.
As Mitchell Starc is playing international cricket after three months, he was not in his rhythm during the first ODI match. In his first over, he conceded 20 runs as he bowled three wides while a no-ball. But his poor outing didn’t affect Australia as they won the match.
Josh Hazlewood ran through India’s top-order. He picked the wicket of Mayank Agarwal and consecutively, sent Virat Kohli early to hut. Shreyas Iyer also got trapped in his bowling. The early wickets made sure that pressure ratcheted up on India while chasing a mammoth 375 runs target.