India Vs Australia 2019/20: Third ODI – Toss Report
The hosts India are playing the third and final game of the ODI series against Australia at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bengaluru). Australia won the toss and chose to bat first.
Ahead of this last game of the three-match ODI series, both teams won one each in this series. Australia thrashed the hosts by 10 wickets in the first match of this series at Mumbai on last Tuesday (14th January), where the visitors chased down the 256 runs target in 37.4 overs without losing any wicket.
India returned to this series after a comfortable 36-run victory in the second ODI of this series at Rajkot on last Friday (17th January). While the hosts scored 340/6 in first batting, Australia were bowled out for 304 runs (49.1 overs).
Coming back to the series decider, Australian captain Aaron Finch again won the toss and decided to bat first. They have made only one change in the playing XI as the pacer Josh Hazlewood replaced Kane Richardson.
Finch said after winning the toss, “We’re going to bat first. Hopefully we can post a good score and defend it later. It’s based on conditions and history. Hopefully we can get some early wickets defending and get into the Indian middle order. It looks like a bloody good wicket, and it will play good for a hundred overs. We were just one wicket too far down in the last game, but credit to India, they played really well. Hazlewood in for Richardson.”
India maintain last winning combination
After losing the toss, Indian captain Virat Kohli confirmed that they fielded same playing XI for this match, like the previous ODI at Rajkot.
Kohli said, “It’s a dry pitch, we wanted to chase too. It’s been a difficult ground to defend on. We need to put pressure on the batsmen and keep the total in check. I think against a side like Australia we would take that kind of victory any day. We could have restricted them a little more towards the end, but at 275/9, it was done and dusted. KL’s innings was the game-changer and today we’re looking for similar contributions. He will play in front of his home crowd today. We’re going in with the same team as Rajkot.”
Here are the playing XIs of both the teams:
Indian playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Australian playing XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
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