Australia won the toss and decided to bat first against India in the fifth and final One-Day International at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
Here is what the captains said:
Batting first. Looks like a dry wicket. Hopefully we can get a big score and defend it later. The wicket and the squares have been “re-laid over the last few years, so we can’t look into the numbers much. Shaun Marsh misses out for Stoinis, Lyon comes in for Behrendorff.”
“Kohli: We have to first restrict them with the ball, and we are the one of the best chasing sides in the world and we have to show that today. In terms of team composition, we know which way we are going. Chahal misses out and Jadeja comes in as an all-rounder, and KL misses out to make way for Shami. An extra bowling option for us, and this, we feel is our most balanced side.”
The way India and Australia had performed in ODIs in recent times, not many would have predicted such an end to the series especially after India stormed into a two-nil lead. However, Australia came up with two stunning performances to level the series and push it to decider. India will definitely be low on confidence as they aim to avoid their ODI series defeat at home since 2015. Australia, on the other hand, have not won an ODI series since 2017 and will be looking to make the most of their momentum.
India, on the other hand, will take confidence from their track record against Australia in Delhi. Both the teams have played against each other on four occasions in the national capital with India winning three of them. Their last match, however, came in 2009. India generally have a good record at the Kotla. So far, they have won 12 of the 19 ODIs they have played at this venue.
Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah