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England Tour Of South Africa Called Off Without Playing ODI Series Due To COVID-19 Outbreak
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Second ODI Between South Africa And England Postponed Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

The outbreak of coronavirus in the hotel where both England and South African players are staying has forced Cricket South Africa (CSA) to postpone the second ODI which was scheduled on December 7 in Cape Town. The decision has also been taken after two members of the England touring party have returned unconfirmed positive tests for COVID-19.

The opening match of the ODI series was postponed after a member in the South African squad, whose name has not been disclosed, turned out positive for the virus. Currently, he has been isolated from the group,, but the rest of the home squad returned negative tests on Friday evening.

2 member in England squad returns unconfirmed positive COVID-19 tests: Cricket South Africa

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Cricket South Africa and England and Wales Cricket Board chalked out a new schedule according to which the first game was set for Sunday at Boland Park in Paarl, which was originally due to be the second match of the series, and further matches on Monday and Wednesday at Newlands.

However, the match in Paarl was initially delayed and then eventually cancelled on Sunday after two members of staff at the Vineyard Hotel, where both teams are staying, returned positive test results for COVID-19 the previous day. Following that development, England’s touring party was tested on Saturday evening,, and the ECB confirmed on Sunday morning that those tests had returned two “unconfirmed” positive results.

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Thus, both the boards have taken the final decision to postpone the second ODI match for their players’ safety.

“The decision has been taken by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) whilst they await the outcome of the independent ratification of the two unconfirmed positive COVID-19 tests from the England camp and the continued health and wellbeing of both playing groups,” CSA said in an official release.

Once the two unconfirmed results come in, then it will be decided as to what happens with the remaining two matches of the ODI series between England and South Africa.

Australia vs India 2020-21: No Way You Should Be That Far Within The Boundary- Michael Holding Criticises India's Poor Fielding In 1st ODI
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Australia vs India, 2nd ODI – Sydney: Australia Thump India By 51 Runs To Take An Unassailable 2-0 Lead

In Sydney, Indian bowlers were once again hapless against Australia in the second ODI as the hosts led by Aaron Finch set up another monstrous 390-run target. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami failed to get wickets with the new ball while Yuzvendra Chahal and Navdeep Saini proved expensive.

The dearth of bowling options came to hurt India again. Although Hardik Pandya came to bowl four overs, Australia on the other side scored runs quickly. Eventually, India lost the match by 51 runs after managing to get 338 on the board.

Opting to bat first, Australia had a slow but steady start. The opening pair Aaron Finch and David Warner brought up the fifty runs partnership in eight overs. And few overs later, Warner completed his fifty.

As India went wicketless in the powerplay, the host was set to give another nightmare to them. In the 14th over, a chance of run-out was created, but Warner’s full-length dive saved him. The pair continued to make merry and completed a 100-run stand in the 16th over.

Finally, India got the much-needed breakthrough in 23rd over off Mohammed Shami’s bowl as Aaron Finch gave an easy catch to Virat Kohli. And in the next three overs, Warner was run-out. Although he dived full, Shreyas Iyer direct hit sent him to hut for 83.

Steve Smith scores consecutive second century:

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Steve Smith. Image Credit: Twitter.

Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne continued to damaged India’s bowling attack. The former amassed 50 runs off 38 balls while the latter played second fiddle. In 39th over, Smith and Labuschange completed another 100 runs stand, and Australia was set to give more than 300+ targets.

Soon after Smith brought his second hundred, Hardik Pandya, who finally returned to bowl, took his wicket. Labuschagne went on to score fifty before he was dropped on 44 by Ravindra Jadeja off Hardik’s bowling. Finally, in the 49th over, Bumrah sent him to the pavilion.

In the last over, Glenn Maxwell was also dropped on 49 by Mohammed Shami off Saini’s over. He then, hit two sixes to complete his half-century and took Australia’s score to 389 runs.

Virat Kohli and KL Rahul half-centuries went into vain:

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Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan gave a fiery start, taking India’s score past 50 in seven overs. But in the 8th over, Josh Hazlewood notched the southpaw’s wicket, and in the very next over, Agarwal was sent back.

Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer had to start the rebuilding process and took time to settle in. The latter struggled to face short balls and bouncers, but he attacked the spinner. The duo’s partnership starting fruiting but Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell chocked them in the middle.

Soon after Kohli completed his half-century, Iyer gave away his wicket to the allrounder Moises Henriques as Steve Smith took a stunning catch.

KL Rahul, who came after Iyer’s departure, got the rhythm back in India’s favour. The pair stitched up 72 runs partnership before Hazlewood got Team India’s captain wicket. Henriques stretched full on his left to pick Kohli’s catch while he was trying the pull shot.

Hardik Pandya and Rahul took the game forward. The duo kept ticking the scoreboard, but the asking rate had mounted to above 17. To make amends, Rahul started smacking, but Zampa trapped him in the 44th over. The 72-runs stands between the two ended with India’s chances to win more narrowed down.

Consecutively, Ravindra Jadeja (24 off 10) and Hardik Pandya (28 off 31) lost their wicket in 47th over. Further, the lower order batsman came and went out of the field. And with second ODI defeat, India has also lost the series.

Australia’s innings:

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India’s innings:

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Adil Rashid celebrating with English teammates after picking up a wicket (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)
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England Vs Ireland 2020, 2nd ODI: Adil Rashid Becomes England’s First Spinner To Take 150 ODI Wickets

During the second game of the three-match home ODI series against Ireland at Southampton, England leg-spinner Adil Rashid created history by becoming the first English spinner to claim 150 ODI wickets.

Before this day/night ODI on Saturday (1st August), Adil Rashid was three wickets behind from the 150 ODI wickets. Playing his 102nd ODI, Rashid took the wickets of Kevin O’Brien (3), Harry Tector (28) and wicketkeeper-batsman Lorcan Tucker (21) and finished with the bowling figures of 10-0-34-3.

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Adil Rashid (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

On the first ball of the 28th over of the first innings of that match, Rashid completed his 150 ODI wickets after Reece Topley successfully took a catch to dismiss the Irish middle-order batsman Tucker.

Some crucial stats after Adil Rashid completed 150 ODI wickets

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Adil Rashid after picking up a wicket (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)
  • Rashid became the first England spinner to claim 150 ODI wickets.
  • Playing his 102nd ODI, Rashid became the third-fastest English bowler (in terms of the number of ODI matches) to claim 150 ODI wickets. Stuart Broad and Darren Gough reached this milestone in 95 and 97 ODIs respectively.
  • Rashid became the fifth England bowler to claim 150 ODI wickets.

England bowlers with 150 ODI wickets

Player ODI wickets
James Anderson 269
Darren Gough 234
Stuart Broad 178
Andrew Flintoff 168
Adil Rashid 150

Among the English spinners, apart from Adil Rashid, only the former England off-spinner Graeme Swann (104 ODI wickets) managed to pick up 100+ ODI wickets. Among the active England spinners, off-spinner Moeen Ali is behind of Rashid with 85 wickets in 104 ODIs.

Earlier in that match, Ireland decided to bat first after winning the toss. However, the Irish batting once again struggled and they were battling on 44/4 and 91/6. But Curtis Campher once again rescued the Irish batting and put some strong fight with some crucial late partnerships along with the lower-order batsmen. Campher’s 68 runs massively helped the Ireland team to manage the first innings total of 212/9 (50 overs).

Curtis Campher
Curtis Campher (Image Credit: Twitter)

Apart from Rashid, left-arm pacer David Willey (2/48) and right-arm pacer Saqib Mahmood (2/45) bagged two wickets each in that innings.

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Indian Team Spotted Wearing Masks Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Following the Coronavirus scare, the Indian team was wearing the mask as they were welcomed in the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow to play the second ODI against South Africa. The first game of the three-match ODI series was abandoned due to rain, without playing a ball, in Dharmashala.

Meanwhile, the Ekana stadium will be empty, with no fan present, while the two teams will play the game. The step is taken to curb the spread of the COVID19. According to the last update, UP has 11 coronavirus cases as of now. So, it is important for the BCCI to take steps to assure the safety of all players.

Indian players; Virat Kohli and Co. wearing the mask:

The coronavirus threat has triggered sporting events around the world. The respective boards of the team are halting their players to send for the tour. As per reports, England is planning to cancel the tour of Sri Lanka. There is also a threat over the delay of the upcoming edition of IPL 2020 which was scheduled to start from 29th March, but now it might start from mid of April.

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Meanwhile, in the ODI series, three major players have made a comeback in the Indian squad. Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have recovered from long hanging injuries, and all the three cricketers are back in the team for the ongoing series.

Here is the squad of both the team:

India’s ODI squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli (C ), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill.

South Africa’s squad: Quinton de Kock (C), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Janneman Malan, JJ Smuts, George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, Keshav Maharaj

KL Rahul, Sanjay Manjrekar, Batting Style
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India Vs Australia 2019/20: Second ODI – It’s Important To Not Leave Someone Like KL Rahul Out: Virat Kohli

After winning the crucial Rajkot ODI against Australia, the Indian captain Virat Kohli has shown confidence in his selection process. He lauded all the Indian players, including the Player of the Match KL Rahul.

As India suffered a thrashing ten-wicket defeat against Australia in the opening game of this three-match ODI series at Mumbai, the last two matches of this series are the must-win games for the hosts to win this series. India have levelled up this ODI series by winning the second ODI at Rajkot on Friday (17th January) night.

While the hosts set up the target of 341 runs in the Rajkot ODI, the visitors were bowled out for 304 runs (49.1 overs). In the absence of the injured wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul played in this ODI as the designated wicketkeeper-batsman. Coming to bat at the no.5 position, Rahul scored 80 off 52 balls (6 fours and 3 sixes). He also impressed with his wicketkeeping skills as he successfully made one speedy stumping and also grabbed two catches.

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KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

Praising KL Rahul’s batting, Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony, “We live in the days of social media and the panic button was pressed too early. It’s important to not leave someone like KL out. You saw how he batted today. This is probably the best he’s played at the international level. The knock showed maturity and class, and we know exactly what we’re doing in the dressing room.”

Shikhar Dhawan can change the situation for the team – Virat Kohli

The opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan had a hard time last year. However, he has started the new year in a good way as he has scored three consecutive 50s in the last three international matches. After scoring 52 runs in the Pune T20I against Sri Lanka and 74 runs in the Mumbai ODI, he was very close to hitting a century in the Rajkot ODI, but his batting ended on 96 off 90 balls (13 fours and only six). Dhawan not only provided a very good start, but his batting also secured the path for the hosts to set the big first-innings total.

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Shikhar Dhawan (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

Virat Kohli said about Dhawan, “Important couple of games for Shikhar. He was injured for a long time and in ODIs he’s been one of our most consistent and aggressive performers, and he can change the situation for the team. It augurs well when the two openers are so good together.”

The Indian captain gave an update on Rohit Sharma’s shoulder injury

During the 43rd over of the second innings of this ODI, Rohit Sharma suffered an injury on his left shoulder when he tried to save a boundary. The Indian captain expects him to be fit for the next ODI which will be the series decider match. They will play this ODI at Bengaluru on Sunday (19th January).

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Rohit Sharma was injured during the Rajkot ODI (Image Credit: Google)

 

Kohli claimed, “Rohit’s left shoulder has popped out of few times, and he should be good to go in the next game.”

While the Indian bowlers failed to pick up at least one wicket in the Mumbai ODI, this time they combinedly took all the wickets to secure a comfortable victory. The no.1-ranked ODI bowler Jasprit Bumrah (1/32) managed to pick up the last wicket, while Navdeep Saini (2/62), Ravindra Jadeja (2/58) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/65) all got two wickets each. On the other hand, the right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami (3/77) scalped three wickets, and Kohli believes that Shami was the game-changer in this crucial ODI.

Mohammed Shami, ICC World Cup 2019
Mohammed Shami (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Praising his all bowlers, Kohli said, “I asked the bowlers what they wanted to do and they said this was the time to execute the yorkers. All three of them were really good with the yorkers, particularly Shami who changed everything in that over.”

KL Rahul is becoming a multi-dimensional player – Virat Kohli

The Indian captain once again lauded KL Rahul. After watching his latest batting and wicketkeeping performances, Kohli believes that Rahul is growing up as a multi-dimensional player.

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Virat Kohli and KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virat Kohli added, “KL is becoming a multi-dimensional player, and it’s really great when players step up like this.”

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India Vs Australia 2019/20: Second ODI – India Level The Series With 36-Run Victory

The hosts India have brilliantly levelled the three-match ODI series against the visitors Australia after winning the second ODI of this series at Rajkot by 36 runs.

The visiting captain Aaron Finch once again won the toss and chose to field first. While India managed to score 340/6 (50 overs) in the first innings, Australia were bowled out for 304 runs (49.1 overs).

Most of the Australian batsmen failed to play big knocks in that high chasing as only three players reached the 30 runs mark in that innings. Playing his first ODI innings, Marnus Labuschagne scored 46 runs off 47 balls and put the crucial 96 runs partnership with Steven Smith for the third wicket. Smith was unlucky in that innings as he missed a century for just two runs. He scored 98 runs off 102 balls (9 fours and one six). The opening batsman and captain Aaron Finch (33) was the only other man in that innings to reach the 30-run mark in that innings. The late batsmen tried hard but failed to save that match.

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Steven Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pacer Mohammed Shami (3/77) bagged three wickets while Navdeep Saini (2/62), Ravindra Jadeja (2/58) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/65) all took two wickets each. Another pacer Jasprit Bumrah (1/32) managed to pick up the last wicket of the match.

Indian top-orders provided the good starts, KL Rahul played one of the crucial knocks

Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan put the 81 runs partnership while Rohit scored 42 runs off 44 balls. Then Shikhar Dhawan and captain Virat Kohli had the 103 runs partnership for the second wicket. After completing the half-century in 60 balls, Dhawan batted aggressively to chase the three-figure score but fell four runs short from the century (96 off 90 balls).

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Shikhar Dhawan (Image Credit: Twitter)

While Shreyas Iyer (7) failed once again, Kohli put another strong 78 runs partnership with KL Rahul, who played this ODI as a wicketkeeper-batsman. After Kohli’s dismissal on 78 runs off 76 balls, Rahul batted in a fiery way in the death overs. While Rahul reached the 50 runs mark in 38 balls, he scored 80 off just 52 balls (6 fours and 3 sixes) before losing his wicket on 49.4 overs. Manish Pandey (2) failed to utilise the opportunity while Ravindra Jadeja remained not out on 20 runs (16 balls).

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KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

Among the Australian bowlers, Adam Zampa (3/50) picked up three wickets while Kane Richardson (2/73) bagged two wickets.

Some crucial stats of the match:

i) It was India’s first home ODI victory against Australia after losing the last four ODIs in India.

ii) Rohit Sharma became the fastest batsman (137 innings) to complete 7,000 runs as an opening batsman. He broke the previous record of South African cricket Hashim Amla (147 innings).

iii) KL Rahul became the fourth fastest Indian batsman (27 innings) to complete 1,000 ODI runs. The top three fastest Indians in this list are Virat Kohli (24 ODI innings), Shikhar Dhawan (24 ODI innings) and Navjot Sidhu (25 ODI innings).

iv) Kuldeep Yadav became the fourth Indian left-arm spinner to complete 100 ODI wickets. On the other hand, he became the second-fastest Indian bowler (56 innings), after the pace-bowler Mohammed Shami (55 innings), to complete 100 ODI wickets.

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Watch: Virat Kohli’s Heartfelt Reaction After Shikhar Dhawan Misses Out on 100 at Rajkot

There’s this strong feeling that nobody could beat Shikhar Dhawan when it comes to the 50-over format. More often than not, he bosses the game owing to his significant contribution. Evidently, he was the only Indian cricketer who crossed the margin of 50 runs against Australia in the ODI opener at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Moreover, in the ongoing second ODI in Rajkot, he missed the 100-run milestone by just four runs.

Earlier, Virat Kohli lost the toss and was given the task to set the target for the Aussies. Dhawan was the star performer. He played a majestic knock in the do or die match at Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium. The southpaw looked in good touch right from the start and shared an 81-run stand with an opening partner, Rohit Sharma before Adam Zampa broke the partnership by sending back Sharma to pavilion at 42.

But, it couldn’t stop Dhawan, who opted to play fearlessly. It was looking that he will reach his first century since the ICC World Cup 2019, but unfortunately ended up handing an easy catch to Mitchell Starc on the ball of Kane Richardson. The opener flashes a full-beaming smile after losing his wicket.

Virat Kohli, who was standing at the non-striker’s end, was disappointed to see his partner missing the ton after scoring 96 off 90 balls. Indian skipper Kohli could also not continue his show for longer, losing his wicket off the spinner Adam Zampa at 78.

Virat Kohli upset as Shikhar Dhawan misses a triple-figure mark – watch the video:

The southpaw Dhawan has also impressed with his knock in the first ODI match in Mumbai. On the other side, India kept on losing wickets, but he didn’t stop. He went on to score 74 runs, highest by the Indian batter in that particular match in which the hosts received a 10-wicket drubbing. While India lost the match facing its biggest defeat against Australia in India in terms of wickets.

Meanwhile, India has given the target of 341 runs to the visitors, Australia. KL Rahul had also impressed with his knock by scoring 80 runs.

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India Vs Australia 2019/20: Second ODI – Toss Report

India and Australia are playing the second game of the three-match ODI series at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Rajkot). Australia won the toss and chose to bowl first.

The visitors Australia are leading this ODI series by 1-0. They won the first game of this series at Mumbai on last Tuesday (14th January) where they thrashed the hosts by 10 wickets. After bowling out the hosts for 255 runs, Australia chased down that target in 37.4 overs without disturbing the wicket column.

While another victory will secure this ODI series for Australia, the hosts India can’t afford another defeat in this ODI series.

Australia made no changes

Coming back to this second ODI at Rajkot, the Australian captain Aaron Finch once again won the toss and decided to field first. The visitors have fielded the same playing XI as Mumbai ODI.

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Finch said after winning the toss, “We are going to bowl first. It looks like a beautiful wicket, I don’t think it’s going to change. We had success chasing in the last game, hopefully we can do that today as well. They (the spinners) controlled their length really well. Same team for us.”

India made two changes

After losing the toss, Indian captain Virat Kohli has confirmed that they have made two changes from the last playing XI. Manish Pandey has replaced the injured wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini has returned to the squad as a replacement of Shardul Thakur.

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Virat Kohli (Image Credit: AFP)

Indian captain Virat Kohli said, “We would’ve bowled first as well. But the good thing is that there’s not much dew factor here. It looks (the wicket) really nice and hard. If we put enough runs on the board, we have a good chance of putting the opposition under pressure. You will be beaten comprehensively by sides like Australia at the International level.

“It’s about understanding what went wrong, not think too much about that game. We need to focus on the positives. We are going to be more brave than the last game, that’s for sure.

“Couple of changes. One forced change; Rishabh is not playing. He’s still having that concussion assessment going on. KL will keep in place of him and Manish replaces him. And Navdeep Saini replaces Shardul Thakur.”

Here are the playing XIs of both the teams:

Indian playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Australian playing XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa

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India Vs Australia 2019/20: Second ODI – Stats Preview

On Friday (17th January), India will play the second game of the three-match home ODI series against Australia at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Rajkot). At present, the visitors Australia are leading this ODI series by 1-0 with two to go.

They played the opening game of this series at Mumbai on last Tuesday (14th January) where the visiting team won by ten wickets. The Rajkot ODI is important for both the sides as Australia will want to secure this series while India have to utilise their last chance to save this series.

Here are some crucial stats previews before the Rajkot ODI.

Venue stats (Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot)

Before the upcoming ODI, the venue hosted two ODIs.

  • On 11th January 2013, England (325/4) beat India (316/9) at this venue by nine runs.
  • On 18th October 2015, South Africa (270/7) beat India (252/6) at this venue by 18 runs.

 

Teams’ stats

India vs Australia Head-to-Head ODI records

Stats Matches India Won Australia Won Tied/No Result
Overall 138 50 78 0/10
In India 62 27 30 0/5
At Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Rajkot) -/-
In last 5 matches 5 1 4 0/0

 

In last 10 ODIs

Team Matches Won Lost Tied/No Result
India 10 6 3 0/1
Australia 10 7 3 0/0

 

Players’ stats

Indian cricketers’ stats

i) Virat Kohli (4,905 runs) is 95 runs away to complete his 5,000 ODI runs as a captain. He will be the eighth ODI captain to score 5,000 ODI runs. While he has played only 80 ODI innings as a captain, he has a very good opportunity to become the fastest among the captains to reach this milestone as MS Dhoni (India) is holding this fastest record after achieving it in 127 ODI innings as a captain.

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Virat Kohli (Image Credits: Twitter)

ii) Rohit Sharma (8,954 runs) needs to score 46 more runs to complete his 9,000 ODI runs. A total of six Indian batsmen have reached the 9,000 ODI runs milestone.

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Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: BCCI)

iii) Rohit Sharma has scored 6,987 runs in just 136 innings as an ODI opening batsman. He is 13 runs short of completing 7,000 ODI runs as an opener. He can be the fastest opening batsman to achieve this feat as Hashim Amla is currently holding this fastest record by reaching this feat in 147 ODI innings as an opener.

iv) Left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (99 wickets) needs to pick up one more wicket to complete 100 ODI wickets. He will be the fourth Indian left-arm spinner to collect a minimum of 100 ODI wickets.

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

v) In the international career, KL Rahul has never played as a designated wicketkeeper. In the last game, he was the wicketkeeper due to the concussion injury of Rishabh Pant.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Google)

Australian cricketers’ stats

i) The right-arm fast bowler Pat Cummins has taken 98 wickets in 59 ODIs. He is two wickets away to complete his 100 ODI wickets.

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Pat Cummins (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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The Indian national cricket team (Image Credits: Twitter)
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India Vs Australia 2019/20: Second ODI – India’s Predicted XI

The home side India will face the visitors Australia in the second ODI of the three-match series at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Rajkot) on Friday (17th January).

The hosts are trailing this ODI series by 1-0 after suffering a destructive defeat in the opening game of this series at Mumbai on last Tuesday (14th January). While India managed to score 255 runs (49.1 overs) in the first innings of that match, Australian openers chased down the target in 37.4 overs without damaging their wickets (258/0).

Here is the predicted XI for India for the upcoming Rajkot ODI.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
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The last year’s most ODI run-scorer, Rohit Sharma has a forgetful start in the new calendar year as the right-handed opening batsman scored only ten runs in the Mumbai ODI. As the second-ranked ODI batsman now hardly remains out of form for a long time, the Australian bowlers can expect a tougher challenge from Rohit in the second ODI of this series.

 

Shikhar Dhawan

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In the last two-three international matches, Shikhar Dhawan batted impressively which has brought a big relief to the Indian fans and a good hectic to the team management. While most of the other batsmen failed in the last game, Dhawan scored 74 runs. The left-handed senior opening batsman is returning to his old form, and the team wants another top performance from him in this upcoming crucial ODI.

 

Virat Kohli (C)

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Indian captain Virat Kohli scored 16 runs in the last ODI after deciding to bat at no.4. Many have opposed this decision because the no.1-ranked ODI batsman generally bats at no.3 position at present. While Kohli will re-think about his batting position, he hardly remains in off form for a long time.

 

KL Rahul (wk)

KL Rahul
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In the absence of Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul is most likely to handle the wicketkeeping role in the Rajkot ODI, just like the Mumbai ODI. Earlier, in that Mumbai ODI, he scored crucial 47 runs and put the 121 runs partnership with Dhawan for the second wicket. The right-handed batsman is currently in very good form as a top-order batsman, so, the team management has to rethink before deciding to drop down his batting order.

 

Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer, batting
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It is the real test for the youngster Shreyas Iyer who scored four runs in the last two limited-overs international matches. He has to handle the top Australian bowling line-up properly, and the youngster has an additional pressure to fit in this team while the team management has a headache to set up the in-form top-order batting line-up.

 

Manish Pandey

Manish Pandey, Indian team

After the impressive domestic season, Manish Pandey recently featured in the Pune T20I against Sri Lanka. When the team was struggling in the Pune T20I, Pandey played an impressive knock of 31 not out off 18 balls (4 fours), and India ultimately won that game easily. As Rishabh Pant is unavailable for the Rajkot ODI, Pandey can be the best choice for the middle-order batting against the mighty Aussie bowlers.

 

Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja, Poonam Yadav, Arjuna Award
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In the last ODI, when the Indian middle-order batting was struggling, Ravindra Jadeja put the 49 runs partnership with Rishabh Pant for the sixth wicket. The left-handed batsman scored 25 runs off 32 balls in the crucial stage but failed to carry on that knock to the big score. In the second innings, he was the most economical bowler (8-0-41-0) for India, but like the other bowlers, he also failed to pick up a wicket.

 

Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami, T20 World Cup
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It was an off-day for the Indian bowlers during the Mumbai ODI and the right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami was no different. He had the bowling figures of 7.4-0-58-0. However, the experienced bowler knows how to make a comeback from this situation.

 

Navdeep Saini

Navdeep Saini, net bowler
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The right-arm fast-bowler Navdeep Saini can replace the other pacer Shardul Thakur, who was an expensive bowler (5-0-43-0) in the last ODI at Mumbai. Saini has impressed in his initial outings in the international career. However, he has played only one ODI, and the present opposition side is mighty Australia.

 

Jasprit Bumrah

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The no.1-ranked ODI bowler Jasprit Bumrah has just returned to the game after recovering from the injury. Expectedly, he is taking time to return to his old form, but he needs to deliver a good performance in the forthcoming crucial ODI at Rajkot.

 

Kuldeep Yadav

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The left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav was the only Indian bowler in the last Mumbai ODI who delivered the full 10-over quota. However, he also failed to pick up a wicket as he had the bowling figures of 10-0-55-0. He has to find his old form very soon as his place is currently not secure anymore.

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