India and Australia lock horns in the decider of three-match ODI series in Bengaluru on Sunday. The visitors kicked off the series with a 10-wicket win over the hosts. Riding on centuries from David Warner and Aaron Finch, Australia chased down a target of 257 to win the match with ease.
Men in Blue made a comeback in the second ODI and successfully defended a total of 340. At one stage, it looked like Steve Smith might scale the chase but his wicket change the course of the game and ruled Australia out of the contest. The fans can expect both the teams to give a strong competition to each other in the decider.
M Chinnaswamy Stadium is a high-scoring ground and both the teams should get a score of 300 plus. Dew factor, like the first ODI, might play a big role in deciding whether the team batting second has an easy job.
Here is the likely playing XI of both the teams –
The home team is sweating over the fitness of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan and a call on their inclusion in the playing XI will be taken ahead of the match. Kohli did hint that Rohit is fit but since the board has confirmed that they aren’t confirmed to play yet, it remains to be seen if both are fit. There should be no change in the playing XI if all the players are available for selection.
Likely playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami
There will be no change in the batting line-up but one can surely expect Australia to rest one of the three pacers. Josh Hazlewood, who made a comeback in ODIs, is likely to walk into the playing XI.
Likely playing XI: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey, Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
My dream11 team for IND vs AUS 3rd ODI
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith (Vice-Captain), Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch, KL Rahul, Marnus Labuschagne, Ravindra Jadeja, Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini