In a do or die encounter, Australia have to win the 3rd ODI to stay alive in the series. India, on the other hand, would try to win the match and thus seal the series and then try out other combinations before the World Cup.
With Bhuvneshwar Kumar available for the 3rd ODI, the Indian think tank would look to play him alongside Jasprit Bumrah, considering the duo are the first-choice speedsters that India would play in the World Cup. Australia, on the other hand, would look to bring in Jhye Richardson in place of under-performing Nathan Coulter Nile to strengthen their bowling department.
Daunting Pace-attack – Even though Bhuvneshwar Kumar was rested for the first two ODI’s, yet the duo of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah inflicted chaos on the Australian batting order taking wickets continuously while also bowling economically. And this was one of the integral reasons as to why the Indians managed to defend their total in the second ODI even after Australia needing just 21 runs in 18 balls. With Bhuvneshwar back in the squad, the Indians would be more destructive and economical, while Australia would really find it tough to get going.
Presence of quality finishers – India possesses a number of quality finishers in their squad. While Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni partnered to take India home in the First ODI, Virat Kohli single-handedly guided India to post a respectable total in the second ODI. The fact that all of these finishers are back in form and are helping the team in winning matches is a positive sign ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
Openers not in form – 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 scores. This should be a major concern for Team India as the World Cup is just a few months away.
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 the first 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. Although he didn’t perform to his level in the second ODI but considering that he is in prime form, one failure won’t define him as a player.
Struggling middle-order – The Aussie batsmen have all got starts in the series but have been unable to convert those starts into big scores. In the first ODI, it was Usman Khawaja who reached to a half-century, and in the second game it was Peter Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis who scored 48 and 50 respectively, but yet again were unable to convert the start into a big total. If Australia are to win the third ODI, they would need to have a big total from one of their batsmen.
We back India to win the match and go 3-0 up in the series, and then give the other players in the squad a chance to perform. Australia have improved a lot in recent months in white-ball cricket, but the balance and experience that the Indian side possesses will be too much for the Kangaroos to handle.
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