India won the toss and decided to bat first against Australia in the fourth One-Day International at the PCA Stadium, Mohali.
Here is what the captains said:
Aaron Finch: “I would have batted first as well. It will stay together for the whole game. We have been expecting dew throughout the whole series but it hasn’t come. We want to win the series.”
Virat Kohli: “We are going to bat first. Looks like a belter of a pitch. Can’t really predict when the dew is going to come, if at all it is going to come at all. Four changes. Rishabh is in for MS. KL is back in place of Rayudu. Bhuvi takes Shami’s place and Chahal replaces Jadeja.”
Ahead of the World Cup, Team India were given a harsh-reality check on Friday when Australia throughly outplayed them in all the departments. After losing two close games, the visitors came up with a clinical effort to win the third ODI and keep the series alive. The India team-management would have been a worried bunch at the end of the game. Their bowlers had an off day, the top-order failed once again while Ambati Rayudu did little to convince that he is the man to solve India’s worries regarding the number four spot.
The performance made it crystal clear that India will have to buckle up and come up with far better performance if they are eyeing the World Cup. Australia, on the other hand, will look to make the most of the momentum as they take on the hosts in another do-or-die clash.
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
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