Australia is all set to lock horns with India in the second ODI at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, today. Will the Men in Blue succeed in levelling the series?
Well, it looks like a tough task, if we look at India’s performance in the first ODI. The Baggy Greens completely outplayed the Men in Blue in all sectors. After an early fall of wicket, India seemed to have the control over the game.
The fall of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul’s wicket, however, changed the game upside down. The visitors took complete control over the game and stricted the hosts to 255 runs. The Aussie openers provided the cherry on top by finishing the game without a fall of wicket and leading the series 1-0.
Both David Warner and Aaron Finch scored centuries that took Australia to a comfortable 10 wickets win against the Men in Blue. This was the highest-ever partnership against India in ODIs and the second-highest successful ODI chase without losing a wicket.
The Men in Blue have now lost four consecutive ODIs against the Baggy Greens in India. The Indian team, which used to dominate against other sides at home have got the taste of their own medicines.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, and Jasprit Bumrah.
Australia: Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, and Kane Richardson.
Rohit Sharma vs Mitchell Starc
In the first ODI, Rohit Sharma failed to provide India a solid start. The Indian opener became prey to Mitchell Starc, who has now dismissed Rohit for two times in six ODIs.
The Indian batsman recently won the ICC ODI cricketer of the Year award for his phenomenal performances in ODIs throughout 2019. Rohit would surely like to continue this rhythm in the second ODI and take his side to victory.
Starc, on the other hand, was the highest wicket-taker for Australia in the first ODI. The Australian pacer picked up three wickets for 56 runs in his 10-overs.
Once again, the pacer would like to get rid of Rohit early in the innings as this would boost team’s confidence and put the Baggy Greens in the front.
Jasprit Bumrah vs David Warner
David Warner grabbed all the headlines after scoring 128 runs not out in the first ODI. The Australian opener also became the fastest Aussie to complete 5000 runs in ODIs.
Warner outplayed Jasprit Bumrah in the first ODI, giving the bowler no chance to pick his wicket. The Indian pacer was quite expensive as well, as he went for 50 runs in his seven overs.
Bumrah recently made a comeback to Indian team after a long absence due to back injury. The Indian pacer must step up in the second ODI because the confidence of bowling unit does depend on how the pacer bowls at the beginning of the match.
The Australian batsman wouldn’t like to lose his wicket early in the game. Instead, he would like to build on the wonderful innings that he played in the first ODI.
Australia outshone India in the first ODI and winning this game would seal the ODI series for them. The Men in Blue, however, will try their best to level the series and make the third ODI the decider for this series.
This game is going to be played at Rajkot. In past, two ODIs have taken place at this stadium and both the times the team batting second have won the game. Also, the pitch is high scoring with an average first innings score 0f 297 runs and average second innings score being 284 runs.
Both India and Australia have faced each other on one occasion at this venue. The game was a T20I, the Baggy Greens scored 201 runs and the Men in Blue chased the score.
So, keeping everything in mind, Cricwizz believes that this match is going to be a high scoring with a neck to neck battle between the two sides. The Indian team, however, will emerge as the winners because this is a must win game for them to keep the series alive.