With Australia’s unassailable 4-0 lead there is nothing to lose for them, the only thing they can aim in this series is a whitewash of India and extend their home win streak to 20 matches. But, it remains to be seen how much of the game will be possible as the wet and windy Sydney might face thunderstorm today and rain on the match day. Rain is pouring in Sydney since Thursday. If the match does not take place Australia will be more upset than Indians.
Australia, in the last match, batted first scored 348 runs with the help of Aaron Finch’s 107 runs, David Warner’s 93 runs, Steve Smith’s 51 runs and Glenn Maxwell’s 41 runs. But, Indian batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli built a 212 run partnership and made to think that India will win the match inside forty overs. But, Dhawan’s clumsy stroke at the point triggered a big collapse as India lost nine wickets for 46 runs and lost the match by 25 runs.
Centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli who scored 126 and 106 respectively, went in vain. Australian bowler Kane Richardson took five wickets.
At Sydney Australia might whitewash India and take the psychological edge before the three-match T20 series.
It is expected that Australia will play their best available players as another prestigious record waits ahead. Mitchell Mash could be replaced by Scott Boland. And Glen Maxwell could be given a rest and Shaun Marsh can get a chance for the second time in this series. For Australia area of concern is bowling department. However, it was more a strategy than the need. Selectors rested Josh Halewood while Mitchell Starc is injured for an uncertain time. So they had to choose a second string bowling attack. They were battered by Indian batsmen, but Australian batsmen are strong enough to give Indian bowlers back.
In the last match when Indians were chasing 348, John Hastings and Kane Richardson pulled Australia back in the match. Hastings took two back to back wickets for Dhawan and Dhoni that nailed India’s chance in the match. Richardson swiped Indian long tail.
Predicted XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith (C), Shaun Marsh, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Matthew Wade (Wk), John Hastings, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland