Melbourne, January 18 at 7:50 AM IST
Australians threw a surprise with an all-round effort to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. India, under the pump, bounced back in the second to square the series to set up the final.
Shaun Marsh has stood up for the Aussie batting, with the likes of Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stonis and Glenn Maxwell all chipping to silence all the voices questioning their place in the XI. Young Jhye Richardson delivered like a seasoned campaigner to peg the experienced Indian batting order back in the first ODI.
India would be happy to see talismanic Dhoni among the runs. Rohit and Kohli have already racked hundreds while Dhawan has looked in good touch. Bhuvneshwar has found some rhythm with each game.
The stage is set!
Form guide (recent first)
Australia – L W L W L
India – W L W W L
Australia Team News: Australia have announced two changes for the decider. Billy Stanlake replaces paceman Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon makes way for Adam Zampa.
India Team News: India may bring in Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar for Ambati Rayudu seeking a sixth bowling option. Khaleel Ahmed is expected to slot in for Mohammad Siraj.
India Playing 11: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu/Kedar Jadhav/Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami
Australia Playing 11: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake
Team 1, 2: Finch fires, so do Carey and Marsh
– Skipper Aaron Finch is due some runs and can come to the party in the all-important decider. Alex Carey and Shaun Marsh
– Choose captains between these above three.
Team 3, 4, 5: India’s top-order rule the roost
– Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have racked hundreds. Shikhar too can join the party here.
– Choose captain/vice-captain between the three.
Team 6, 7: Middle-order runs the show
– The likes of Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis can be backed to deliver here.
– Punt on the aforementioned players.