After historic Test series triumph, India eye 1st ever bilateral ODI series win in Australia

first_imgIndia came to Australia as favourites to dominate across formats. The T20I series ended in a 1-1 draw before India won their first ever Test series in Australia. The ODI series will be decided in the final match of the tour at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where India have not defeated the hosts in 11 years.But then plenty has changed for India and Australia in the last 11 years. Australia are no more a dominant force in world cricket and are reeling from the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner. India have made steady progress and are now the team to beat in any condition. Yes, they floundered in the Tests in South Africa and the Tests and ODIs in England but Virat Kohli would tick most of his boxes as the 2019 World Cup comes closer.Depleted but spirited Australia stand between India and historyIn the ODI series, India have been made to work hard by a depleted but spirited Australia. At the Sydney Cricket Ground last Saturday, Australia’s batsmen came together for a strong show before young Jhye Richardson handed his team a 34-run victory despite Rohit Sharma’s hundred.In Adelaide, it took the combined skills of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik to gun down 299. Riding high on confidence after their 6-wicket win on Tuesday, India will once again look to their batsmen for a strong show but Kohli will be eager to solve the isssue around the third seam bowler in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah who was rested after his sensational performance in the Test [email protected] looking in great touch here at the nets session ahead of the 3rd and final ODI against Australia.What’s your prediction for the game? #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/WLbZP78LiiBCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 2019Can India solve their bowling issues in MCG decider?With eyes set on their first ever bilateral ODI series win in Australia, India will have to look at solving their bowling issues on Friday. Between Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammad Siraj, the third seamer has gone for 131 runs off 18 overs. More significantly, Kuldeep Yadav went for 66 runs off his 10 overs in Adelaide.The MCG is a huge ground and Sunil Gavaskar felt India could play three spinners and two pacers which meant bringing in Yuzvendra Chahal. India might also consider replacing Siraj with Khaleel.It’s time for the series decider tomorrow here at the ‘G.Will #TeamIndia clinch the series? #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/dLx7fg2qUpBCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 2019Besides, India have two all-rounders to pick from. Either of Vijay Shankar or Kedar Jadhav could replace Ambati Rayudu, who has so far scored 0 and 24 in the two matches.Without Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, India’s balance has been affected.Playing three spinners along with Bhuvneshwar and Shami and adding either of their two all-rounders could solve the problem for India.Meanwhile, Australia made two changes to their playing XI for the series decider. Nathan Lyon was dropped after going wicketless in Sydney and Adelaide; he will be replaced by Adam Zampa. Billy Stanlake replaced Jason Behrendorff who has been ruled out because of an injury.Also Read | MS Dhoni back with a bang after Adelaide heroics, says Nikhil ChopraAlso Read | Hardik Pandya brings in crucial balance to Team India: Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Black Caps name strong squad for ODI series vs Virat Kohli’s menAlso See:last_img


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