After gaining a 1-0 lead in the First ODI, India takes on Australia for the second time in the series hoping to go up 2-0. Australia, on the other hand, would look to correct their batting problems and give India a proper fight to at least level the series.
India might opt for one change wherein they would like to replace Vijay Shankar with leg break bowler Yuzvendra Chahal. Australia, on the other hand, would look to bring in Jhye Richardson in the place of underperforming Pat Cummins.
Indian Pace-attack in fine form – Despite Bhuvneshwar Kumar being rested, yet the duo of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah wreaked havoc on the Australian batsmen taking wickets continuously while also bowling economically. Moreover, the Indian pace-attack for the World Cup is settled after Shami’s brilliance in New Zealand and against Australia in the First ODI.
Finishers living up to their bill – The likes of MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav have recently started living up to their finisher’s tag, taking India past the finish line more often in recent outings. Dhoni’s resurgence and Jadhav’s maturity has helped India to not give up when their top-order has failed, which used to be a major concern for the team in the past two years.
Openers are unable to mount big totals – The Indian Openers in the recent T20I series against New Zealand and against Australia have failed miserably to score huge totals. Even though Rohit Sharma has shown promise but he has failed to live up to his true potential and is getting out in the mid-’30s, while Shikhar Dhawan is visibly out of form as he hasn’t been able to touch double-digit score.
Maxwell in red-hot form – Glenn Maxwell is in his form of life with a half-century and century in T20I’s, and almost backing it up with a half-century in ODI. His promotion to number 4/5 has really helped him settle easily initially, and he has also got the license to charge as he wants without fearing of any consequences, and this has really aided his cause to play freely and in an attacking way.
Batsmen not living up to their true potential – The Aussie batsmen have more often than not failed to live up to their true potential by not delivering when needed. In the ODI series in Australia, and also in India against T20I’s and in the first ODI, they have failed to mount huge runs even after getting a good start, and this might play in the minds of the Aussie batsmen when they take the field in Nagpur.
Considering the recent batting display of the Aussies, while also looking at the balanced line-up that the Indians possess both in the bowling and batting department, we expect India to easily win the match and take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Also Read, Match Report|Ind vs Aus|1st ODI