Virat Kohli’s 39th ODI ton and MS Dhoni’s vintage knock steered India to a series-levelling win on Tuesday and set up a fitting series finale at MCG on Friday.
In the second ODI, Australian batsmen carried on from where they had left and piled runs at a good rate. Shaun Marsh, slamming 6th ton in the last nine innings, did the bulk of scoring for the hosts. Chasing 299, India needed a special from one of the top-3. The master of chases, captain Kohli, put his hand up and made sure India are on course at all times.
Coming into the series decider, both the sides would be content with their batting performances in the two outings so far but have qualms about their bowling. With the series at stake, both Australia and India would want to come out firing on all cylinders to seal the series.
Peter Siddle did not have the best of ODI series and could make way for Billy Stanlake. Adam Zampa is another who can slot in for Nathan Lyon. Meanwhile, India would consider getting in Khaleel Ahmed for Mohammad Siraj after the latter had a forgetful debut. There is an outside chance of Kedar Jadhav getting in for Ambati Rayudu.
bet365: India – 4/7, Australia – 11/8
Skybet: India – 4/7, Australia – 11/8
betfair: India – 8/13, Australia – 5/4
The books are predicting India’s WIN.
Top Australia batsmen – Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh
Top India batsmen – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Top Australia bowlers – Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff
Top India bowler – Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Australia Playing 11: Finch, Carey (wk), Khawaja, Marsh, Handscomb, Stoinis, Maxwell, Jhye, Lyon/Zampa, Siddle/Stanlake, Behrendorff.
India Playing 11: Dhawan, Rohit, Virat, Rayudu/Jadhav, Dhoni (wk), Karthik, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Kuldeep, Shami, Khaleel.