India opener Shikhar Dhawan hurt his shoulder during in the first half hour of the ongoing third ODI. The blow saw him walk off the field and he is now unlikely to bat in the second innings of the match. Dhawan injured his shoulder on the third ball of the fifth over while attempting to stop the ball. As per latest reports, he has been taken for an x-ray and might sit out.
The injury scare comes as a big blow to the home team as Team India will be one batsman short if Dhawan does not come out to bat. This will also see the team management shuffling the batting order once again. Virat Kohli might be forced to open the innings if KL Rahul is looked upon as finisher.
Dhawan was already a doubtful starter for the third ODI. The 34-year-old had suffered a blow to his ribs in the second ODI and did not come out to field. The BCCI also confirmed that he and Rohit Sharma weren’t a confirmed selection in the playing XI. Both Rohit and Dhawan were deemed fit ahead of the game and retained their spots in the playing XI.
After winning the toss, Australia took a surprising call to bat first. The visiting team made one change and replaced Kane Richardson with Josh Hazlewood.
The home team made a surprising decision to retain the winning combination, which meant there was no place for fit-again Rishabh Pant.
The Indian bowlers provided a great start to the team as Mohammed Shami got the better of David Warner right in the fourth over. A confusion between Steve Smith and Aaron Finch saw the latter get run out on 19.
Smith and Marnus Labuschagne added 127 runs for the third wicket to put Australia in a strong position but Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc in the 32nd over to mark a comeback for India.
The bowlers would hope to restrict Australia below a score of 300.