India and Australia are set to battle it out for the series in the third ODI at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Will Australia win a second consecutive ODI series in India?
Both the team are at par on talent and firepower and this looks evenly poised. The Australians completely demolished India in the first ODI but the Men in Blue came roaring back in the second to level the series.
The Indian top-order did the bulk of the damage as Indian skipper Kohli also reinstated himself at number three. Shikhar Dhawan just missed out on a century and KL Rahul looks like a player reborn.
Australia, on the other hand, were handed the first defeat of their summer. Their bowling attack has quality but once the batting is dependent on the top-three and they lack a finisher.
The Men in Blue would not like to lose a second consecutive ODI series to the Kangaroos. India has found its match, now its time to show their supremacy.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul (WK), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, 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/ Josh Hazlewood.
Rohit Sharma vs Mitchell Starc
Rohit Sharma has had a quiet series till yet and this can spell trouble for the Aussies. The Hitman is in great touch and he would like to remind everyone why he is so highly rated in ODIs.
The Indian batsman recently won the ICC ODI cricketer of the Year award for his phenomenal performances in ODIs throughout 2019. The Hitman once scored 209 runs in a similar series decider against Australia and that too in Bengaluru and he might want to do an encore.
Starc, on the other hand, went wicketless in the second ODI. But, he has had Rohit’s number in the past and his inswinging delivery may cause plenty of problems to a fidgety Rohit.
Once again, the pacer would like to get rid of Rohit early in the innings as this would boost the team’s confidence and put the Baggy Greens in the front.
Jasprit Bumrah vs David Warner
Bumrah recently made a comeback to the Indian team after a long absence due to back injury and is slowly coming back into his rhythm. The spearhead would like to get rid of the dangerous Warner early and get the fragile Australian middle order exposed early.
David Warner grabbed all the headlines after scoring 128 runs not out in the first ODI but fell cheaply in the second, which led to the Australia downfall. He is in tremendous touch and if he gets in, the Men in Blue would be in for a rough night.
The Indian speedster has only taken a solitary wicket in the two ODIs. It can be said that he is a bit rusty and Warner can get away with it again,
Australia outshone India in the first ODI but were outplayed in the second. The Men in Blue, however, will try their best not to tarnish their reputation at home.
This game is going to be played at Bengaluru. Traditionally, the pitch is a batting paradise but as it happens in India, tend to favour the team batting second.
Both India and Australia faced each other at this venue in a series decider in the iconic series of 2013. India, on the back of Rohit Sharma’s first double hundred, clinched the series.
So, keeping everything in mind, Cricwizz believes that this match is going to be an evenly fought contest with both sides not willing to give an inch to the opposition. The Indian team, however, has a great record in series deciders and may emerge victorious to seal the series.