Australia and India will take on each other in 3rd ODI at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi Against all odds, India was successful in beating Australia in first two ODIs.
The Virat-Kohli led team ticked all the boxes to thrash Australia by six wickets in the series opener on Saturday. It was a welcome win for India after losing the T20 series 0-2.
Later they went on to thrash Australia by 8 runs in Hyderabad. The 2nd ODI between India and Australia was a great advertisement for ODI cricket despite not being a very high scoring game. The pendulum kept swinging and the match was ultimately decided in the last over.
Although Australia fell shot by eight runs, they can take a lot of positives from the match. The Aussies were not expected to run India this close in their backyard. The way, especially their bowling, has stepped up to the plate, they certainly look like coming into their own before the World Cup.
With only three ODIs remaining before the World Cup, the hosts will look to finalise the remaining two-three spots in an otherwise settled squad for the all-important tournament.
Date: Friday March 08, 2019
Timing: 01:30 PM IST and 01:00 PM PKT
Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
Weather: A sunny day is up ahead with gentle maximum temperatures of 26, as opposed to the ones in the early 30s in the previous two venues.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The Ranchi track is likely to be slow, but the ball will skid onto the bat under lights when the dew sets in later in the evening.
Head to Head:
Matches: 133 | Australia: 74 | India: 49 | NR: 10
Australia: L L L L W (completed matches, most recent first)
India: W W W L W
Skipper Aaron Finch has been struggling for form lately and his inability to provide the team with a solid start at the top of the innings has exposed the inconsistent middle order. Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinus and Peter Handscomb have shown flashes of form so far but the middle order’s lack of a lynchpin is evident.
Australia also have the services of Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey in the middle order but apart from Maxwell, their recent form has been a huge concern for skipper Aaron Finch.
Quite clearly, in this scenario, Australia’s batsmen will be eager to find a modicum of consistency and rhythm in the remaining three games to assuage the concerns of the selectors and team management.
Australia’s Probable XI:
1. Aaron Finch (capt), 2. Usman Khawaja,, 3. Peter Handscomb, 4. Marcus Stoinis, 5. Glenn Maxwell, 6. Shaun Marsh, 7. Alex Carey (wk), 8. Nathan Lyon, 9. Pat Cummins, 10. Adam Zampa, 11. Jhye Richardson
India might possibly make one change to the eleven that took the field in Hyderabad. Bhuvneshwar Kumar might find a place in Playing XI.
KL Rahul, who will likely be India’s back-up opener, played in the T20I series but has yet to feature in the ODIs and will be keen to make a case for himself should he be given the opportunity to do so.
Rishabh Pant is another player who may feature in the fifteen-man squad for the tournament but hasn’t played thus far in the series, although given MS Dhoni’s recent form the youngster would most likely feature in this series as a pure batsman should he be given a game.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was rested for the T20 series and the first couple of ODIS, is part of the squad for the last three ODIs. He hasn’t been at his best in white-ball cricket during recent times but is a genuine threat with the new ball and will be keen to rediscover his rhythm soon.
Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar would be the two frontline seamers while spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will shoulder the responsibility of the spin attack.
India’s Probable XI:
1. KL Rahul, 2. Rohit Sharma, 3. Virat Kohli (c), 4. Kedar Jadhav, 5. KL Rahul / Ambati Rayudu, 6. MS Dhoni (wk), 7. Vijay Shankar, 8. Vijay Shankar, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Yuzvendra Chahal, 11. Jasprit Bumrah
Players to watch:
1. Shikhar Dhawan – Batsman, India
Shikhar Dhawan is always a dangerous player when it comes to the shortest format of the game. One of the most powerful hitters of the ball, Dhawan doesn’t need any time to adjust and can switch gears in an instant. He has been very consistent with the runs for India in the last year and could be one of the most important players in the series.
2. Virat Kohli – Batsman, India
India needs Virat Kohli to be at the very top of his game. And if he manages that, India are definitely on their way to a third World Cup title. Kohli’s form is imperative to India’s success, and the skipper could very well turn the series on its head.
3. Marcus Stoinis – All-rounder, Australia
Arguably the most in-form player in this Australian team, Marcus Stoinis comes to this side after a very successful BBL campaign with Melbourne Stars. He had a good series against India as well in January and will be eager to extend that form in this series as well.
4. Glenn Maxwell – Batsman, Australia
Another player from the Melbourne Stars team, Maxwell too had a great campaign especially towards the later stages as he changed games with his knocks. Maxwell is capable of a huge knock that could have a big impact in the game and is Australia’s trump card in the middle-order.
Stats and Travia:
- Stoinis has seven 50-plus scores in 26 ODIs, but none have resulted in a win for Australia.
- Bhuvneshwar had dismissed Aaron Finch three times in three matches.
- Virat Kohli’s batting average in ODI cricket at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi is 261. Kohli has scored 261 runs across three innings at this venue.