Australia and India will take on each other in 2nd ODI at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur. Against all odds, India was successful in beating Australia in 1st ODI at Hyderabad.
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.
With only four 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: Tuesday March 05, 2019
Timing: 01:30 PM IST and 01:00 PM PKT
Venue: Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur
Weather: A sunny day is on offer when India and Australia face off in the 2nd ODI of the bilateral series in Nagpur. The forecast for Tuesday is partly cloudy with the temperature hovering around the 30-degree Celsius mark.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The pitch has notoriously turned into a haven for spinners since the World T20 in 2016 and the India-South Africa Test before that. The square was re-laid in 2017, but didn’t change its character completely.
Head to Head:
Matches: 132 | Australia: 74 | India: 48 | NR: 10
Australia: L L L W L (completed matches, most recent first)
India: W W L W W
Australia’s senior most batsman in the current setup Shaun Marsh has landed in India after the birth of his second child. The 35-year-old is also recovering from a hamstring injury but is set for a return to the XI for the second ODI.
His return would also mean that Marcus Stoinis, who played at number 3, will slip a position and come in at number 4 for the team’s benefit. They also have the services of Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey and Nathan Coulter-Nile in the middle order but apart from Maxwell, their recent form has been a huge concern for skipper Aaron Finch.
Aaron Finch would desperately like to come in form at the top of the order. The team would look towards Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb to show their limited-overs skills.
Aaron Finch (who is battling poor form currently) and Glenn Maxwell, there are few batsmen in the Australian squad who will give opponents’ bowlers sleepless nights.
Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson would be their leading pacers while Adam Zampa is expected to be given an opportunity. Australia may have won the T20Is but India would certainly start as favourites in their backyard in the 50-over format.
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. Jason Behrendorff, 9. Pat Cummins, 10. Adam Zampa, 11. Jhye Richardson
India are favoured to stick with their combination from the opening match, which would mean another chance for Shankar, but could switch around the spinners with Yuzvendra Chahal coming in for Kuldeep.
India might possibly make one change to the eleven that took the field in Hyderabad. KL Rahul might find a place in Playing XI.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami 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. Mohammed Shami, 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:
- Adam Zampa has now dismissed Kohli four times in all internationals. He hasn’t dismissed any other batsman more the twice
- In the last eight innings, Finch has been dismissed for a single-digit score on seven occasions. He scored only 45 runs at an average of 5.62 in those eight innings.
- In the eight home series for Virat Kohli since 2014, he failed to register a three-figure score only in one rubber – against Australia in 2017.
349 – Number of sixes Rohit Sharma has hit in his international career so far. If Rohit hits one more six, he will be the 2nd Indian after MS Dhoni to hit 350 international sixes. He will also be the first player to achieve this feat for India as Dhoni has only 345 sixes while playing for India.
1990 – Ravindra Jadeja needs ten more runs to complete 2000 runs in ODI cricket. He will be only the 3rd Indian and the 25th player overall in ODI cricket to score 2000+ runs and bag 150+ wickets.