Australia vs India 2018/19, 3rd ODI: Toss Report
India won the toss and decided to first against in the third and final One-Day International at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Here is what the captains said:
“It’s been an exciting couple of weeks, a great win in Sydney and a really exciting game in Adelaide. I do hope to just get back to my natural game to be honest”
“We’re having a bowl first. It’s going to be stop-start, with the rain around, and as a batsman we are never in, so that’s the idea. Levelling the series was important, now both the teams are set up for the decider. Siraj makes way for Vijay Shankar, Chahal for Kuldeep, Jadhav for Rayudu.
High-flying Australia came crashing down on earth in the second ODI after upsetting formidable India in the first. Batting first, the hosts rode on Shaun Marsh’s ton to score a competitive 298 for 9, exactly 10 runs more than what they scored in the first game. However, they had no answer with the ball in Adelaide as Indian batsmen led by their inspirational skipper Virat Kohli chased down the total comfortably. Kohli’s 102-run knock set the platform for the chase before MS Dhoni rolled back the clocks with a match-winning fifty. Almost everything went right for India in the second ODI.
On the other hand, Australia will have a lot to ponder about ahead of the series-decider. Their openers, especially skipper Aaron Finch, have looked off-colour while their bowlers also failed to make much of an impact in the second game. They will also miss the services of Jason Behrendorff for the last game as the pacer is suffering with a back problem.
So, while India will look to make the most of the momentum, Australia will be looking to bounce back and utilise the home conditions.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal
Australia (Playing XI): Alex Carey(w), Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa
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