After India were defeated in the Third ODI in Ranchi, both the teams now lock their horns against each other in Mohali, the same venue wherein India ousted the Kangaroos in the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Cup and hence went on to win the World Trophy for the second time in their cricketing history.
While a win for India would ensure a series victory, Australia would try and look to win this match and make the series decider an all-important one. India would look to bring in Bhuvneshwar Kumar in place of Mohammed Shami who was injured in the last match, while Australia would look to go on with the same team with which they won the third ODI.
Daunting bowling attack – India possesses a world-class bowling attack that consists of a fiery pace-attack along with world-class spinners. The pace-attack consists of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami, while Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ravindra Jadeja are the spinners. All of these bowlers look for wickets even if the situation doesn’t suit them just like the last match wherein even after the Indian bowlers were hit all round the park, they crawled back into the game by picking up wickets in the death overs.
Virat Kohli in form – The Indian captain, Virat Kohli, is in red-hot form and has already scored two centuries in the match. In the present series, he averages 94.33, and it is a mountainous task for the Australian bowlers to get him out cheaply. He is the sole reason why India has remained competitive in the series despite being in pressure most of the time while batting. In this match too he is expected to play a captain’s knock to let India win another series before the start of the World Cup.
Openers not in form – Both of the Indian Openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are not amongst the runs in this entire tour and this may be a cause of concern for team India considering the World Cup is approaching and in recent times it is the top-3 that used to score the majority of the runs for the team. They both should try to spend some time in the crease and get set and after that look to play shots just like Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja, who were also out of touch but are now back amongst scoring runs.
Bowlers picking up wickets consistently – What has been astonishing in this ODI series is that the Australian bowlers have been able to get Indian batsmen out consistently. In all of the ODIs in the series, the Australian bowlers have picked up early wickets of the Indian top-order batsmen and have complimented it well by picking up further wickets in the middle-stages and in the death-overs as well, and thus have restricted the Indians in scoring hefty amount of runs in their innings.
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, while in the 3rd ODI after they were handed over a great start by the openers and then Glenn Maxwell, the middle-order bottled up and collapsed, and again were unable to convert the start into a big total. Thus, the Kangaroos have to rectify this issue before the start of the World Cup if they are to be one of the serious contenders for the trophy.
After India faced defeat in Ranchi, we expect them to have grouped together and addressed their problems and thus bounce back in this game and win the series before the final match. A win in the present match would ensure the Indians to try out their bench players before the World Cup.