Team India looks all set for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, their recent performances have demonstrated and silenced all those who had qualms about middle-order. If not the best ODI batting line-up in the world at the moment, India is not too far away. And, that is the half of the story. In Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav, India have two bowlers that can get a plethora of wickets every game.
There have been two competitive games in the series. The reason being, India have not played as a unit. Kedar Jadhav-MS Dhoni stitched a match-winning partnership in the 1st One Day International after a rare failure of the top-order. In the second, skipper Kohli helped India home with the little help of Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Vijay Shankar.
For the tourists, openers firing at the same time in the last outing was a big positive. They could not convert starts to big ones and bottled the chase. With the ball, they’ve had success against Indian openers and spinners have been among the wickets.
Don’t write tourists off, not just. There is still a lot to play for!
When – March 08, 01:30 PM IST
Where – JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
Pitch condition: Ranchi has not been a typical high-scoring venue. The surface offers assistance for the slow bowlers.
Head-to-head (Last five ODIs)
India – 4, Australia – 1
India Team News: Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes into the squad, Siddarth Kaul makes way.
Australia Team News: Nathan Coulter Nile has been ruled out of the clash today.
IND Playing 11: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami/Ravindra Jadeja/Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
AUS Playing 11: Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye/Jhye Richardson/Jason Behendorrf
Team 1, 2: Tale of two captains
– Indian skipper Virat Kohli slammed another ODI hundred while his counterpart returned to form in the last outing. This could well be the game where the two captains stand up and deliver.
Team 3, 4: End of run-drought for Indian openers
– Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have had a quiet time in the two games. However, the big inning is just around the corner.
Team 5: Bhuvi rules on return
– Bhuvneshwar Kumar has joined Team India squad for the last three games. You can bet on the champion bowler.