India will be eyeing yet another series win when they take on the completely drained out, clueless looking Australian side in the 3rd ODI at the Holkar Stadium, Indore. The story of the series has been favoured towards India. The hosts have only got better since the series opener in Chennai.
Australia, on the other hand, has a lot of batting problems to deal win, as Steven Smith discussed in Kolkata after the game. Collapses, like the ones in Chennai and Kolkata, do not reflect their true capability. The problem is bothersome and only better planning and an even better execution on the field can bail the Australians out of the current miseries.
India may go in with the same line-up considering the noteworthy performances from Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. But, that being said, voices are supporting the inclusion of Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav. It will be totally up to Kohli to decide whether to experiment or just stick to the winning combinations.
In the batting department too they have very little to worry about. KL Rahul must be hoping for a chance, but the opening combination of Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane may not get tinkered despite the Sharma coring just seven and 28 in the first two games. Manish Pandey’s incapability to get going may make Kohli think about his place and provide an opportunity for Rahul to squeeze in the middle-order. But, whether such step would take place or not, it remains to be seen.
For Australia, time is ticking fast. They are missing Aaron Finch very badly. They would want their batsman to do well. Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis have shown some resilience, and the top order needs to replicate them.
Both the teams got a wet welcome to Indore. But rain doesn’t necessarily mean cool weather which means Australia don’t have much cheer up a bit, as far as weather conditions are concerned. After getting sucked out by the combination of and humidity – described as toughest playing condition by Pat Cummins – they will be once again expected to cope with similar unpleasant factors. The exhaustion will be testing and will likely affect the performance as well as it happens most of the times with almost every team that’s on an away tour.
Pitch and conditions
On Saturday rain lashed out a bit, but for the most of the afternoon, there was no rain which allowed the pitch curator to keep the surface uncovered. The preparations are as per the schedule although dark clouds continue to loom over the venue.
The venue will be hosting an ODI after a gap of almost two years which was between India and South Africa. The said game was low scoring and ended in a victory for India. In fact, the last three games played here have seen below – 250 team totals which indicated that bowler could expect assistance.
Australia (From): David Warner, Hilton Cartwright, Steven Smith ©, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Aaron Finch, Kane Richardson, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Agar
India (From): Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli©, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Lokesh Rahul
Indi will win. Period. Intuition says very convincingly.
But, Australia, if they get their batting sorted and put up a solid show, they potentially deny India a series win for now.
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