India and Australia will play the third and final game of the ongoing ODI series on Sunday (19th January) at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. While the series is currently standing at 1-1, the Bengaluru ODI is going to decide the India vs Australia 2020 series fate.
While Australia won the first game of this series in Mumbai convincingly by ten wickets, in response, India made a strong comeback to level this series after winning the second ODI at Rajkot by 36 runs.
Here is India’s predicted XI for the impending Bengaluru ODI:
The Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma was the most ODI run-getter and second-most international run-scorer in last calendar year. While he has played two ODIs this year, he scored 10 and 42 runs respectively. Rohit is known for the big scores, and the opener hardly remains quiet with the bat for a long time. His national team is waiting for an exceptional knock in the series decider.
The left-handed experienced opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has given huge relief to the change room. In the last three international matches, he scored three half-centuries. In 2020, Dhawan has scored 32, 52, 74 and 96 runs respectively.
Virat Kohli (C):
Returning to the No. 3 spot, Indian captain Virat Kohli once again played his familiar knock. He scored 78 runs in Rajkot ODI. However, the Indian fans are waiting to see another three-figure ODI knock from the No.1 ranked ODI batsman.
The 25-year-old Shreyas Iyer is now facing a real test. In the last three matches, he had disappointed with the single-digit scores. In fact, he has registered four single-digit scores in the last five international innings.
However, the youngster is a very talented batsman, and he can return to his form by learning from his mistakes.
KL Rahul (wk):
Playing as a designated wicketkeeper in international cricket for the first time during Rajkot ODI, KL Rahul impressed everyone in his given role.
The in-form top-order batsman played at No. 5 position in the Rajkot ODI and scored game-changing 80 runs off 52 balls (6 fours and 3 sixes). As a wicketkeeper, he impressed through one fast stumping and two catches.
The Player of the Match in Rajkot ODI is likely to maintain the same role for the series decider.
The 30-year-old Manish Pandey returned to the ODI side in Rajkot ODI after more than a year. Coming to bat as a middle-order batsman in the 44th over during the last ODI, Pandey only scored two runs.
In the early second innings of that match, he took a superb catch to dismiss the dangerous Australian opener David Warner (15). Pandey is likely to play in the Bengaluru ODI.
The all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja always remains in the game. In the last ODI, he scored 20 not out off 16 balls and put the quickfire 58 runs partnership with KL Rahul for the sixth wicket. Also, later, he picked up two important wickets of the set batsmen; Aaron Finch (33) and Marnus Labuschagne (46). His presence mostly proves useful for his team.
The right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami was expensive in the last game, but he was also the most effective bowler for India (10-0-77-3). Indian captain Virat Kohli praised his bowling performance, while Shami bagged two back-to-back wickets of Ashton Turner and Pat Cummins.
In the last ODI, the right-arm fast bowler Navdeep Saini had the bowling figures of 10-0-62-2. He has impressed in his initial outings in international cricket.
The No.1-ranked ODI bowler Jasprit Bumrah was the most economical bowler for India in the last ODI, and he picked up the last wicket of that match. He is trying to return to his familiar form as soon as possible.
The left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav took two important wickets in the same over of the last ODI as he dismissed Alex Carey (18 runs) and star batter Steven Smith (98 runs). He had the bowling figures of 10-0-65-2. However, Kuldeep needs to perform consistently to secure his place in this team.