India will look to stretch their winning run to 10 matches when they take on Australia in the fourth ODI at Bengaluru on Thursday. India have taken a 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series and would adopt a ruthless approach to whitewash Australia. The Aussies will play for pride and hope to bag a couple of consolation wins. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams ahead of India vs Australia clash.
In-form batting line-up: The great depth in India batting line-up has made selectors to keep away Shikhar Dhawan from the last two ODIs. It means Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane will open again. India might experiment and bring in KL Rahul in place of Manish Pandey or Kedar Jadhav to give every player in the squad a chance in the series. Skipper Virat Kohli would be motivated to whitewash Australia and he would once again lead from the front. Then, they have the reliable MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. It makes India one of the best batting line-ups in the world in limited-overs cricket.
Bowling firepower: Either Mohammed Shami or Umesh Yadav may get a chance to play. But whom they will replace is the big question. Both Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been brilliant with the ball. Bhuvi may be rested. India’s wrist spin combination of Kuldeep Yadav and YS Chahal is also going places. Axar Patel may get a chance to play.
Winning momentum: India have won 9 ODIs at a stretch and will look to extend their winning run. India are a strong team across all departments. It will be difficult for Australia to beat India at home. India will look to be ruthless in their approach and blank out Australia in the series. Captain Kohli has specifically mentioned that they are not satisfied with just a series win, but the journey will end only after the fifth ODI. Kudos for such aggressive strategies.
Complacency: The only thing that can come in between India and victory is complacency. Australia will come hard at India in the fourth ODI. They will look to bag a couple of consolation wins. But if India’s form is any indication, Australia will find it difficult to force a win. But Australia have been really competitive and tend to raise their game when their backs are against the wall. India should not take Australia lightly at any time.
Opening combo: David Warner and Aaron Finch make for an explosive opening pair and they showed signs of brilliance with a fifty partnership in the third ODI. When the two get going, it’s difficult to stop them. Finch cracked a ton in a losing cause in the third ODI. He and Warner can set up the platform for a big total or chase and both have done that exceedingly well in the past.
Reliable batsmen: They have their best batsman in skipper Steven Smith who is in good form and will be leading from the front in the fourth ODI. Marcus Stoinis is another batsman who can make a difference. Glenn Maxwell has flattered to deceive. If he can control his early aggressiveness and bat according to situations, he can be a dangerous customer.
Letting go of chances: Australia had their chances in the last three ODIs. But they let it go each time, allowing Kohli and his men to bounce back into the game. Good teams need small window of opportunity to turn the tables and India have done it well. Australia need to adopt a ruthless and competitive approach throughout the 100 overs to give a tough fight to India.
Australia squad: Steven Smith, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mathew Wade, Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Peter Handscomb.
Prediction: Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, India have found a new aggressiveness which were not seen before in earlier teams. They are not satisfied with just a series win, but want to blank the opposition out and adopt a ruthless approach that was only synonymous of the Australian teams led by Steven Waugh and Ricky Ponting. And India will be keen to pay back Australia. Steven Smith’s men are struggling with various problems. They are unable to keep the intensity going throughout the match and losing the plot mid-way. Australia would hope India will have a bad day at work on Thursday to pull one back. But our vote goes to India.
Possible winner: India
Who will win the Bangalore ODI between India vs Australia?
- India (76%, 13 Votes)
- Australia (24%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 17