India’s battle to restore pride against Australia in 3rd ODI
Australia to win
It was a repeat of the same script in the 2nd ODI as India went down once again by a huge margin after allowing the Australians to put up a mammoth total on the board. With two straight losses the Indians have lost the ODI series 0-2 and shall have to play for pride in the next game. It has been an absolute disaster for the side so far in the series and they will have to execute their plans well to win this game.
Indian team has been let down by its bowling attack which has conceded 374 and 389 runs in the two ODIs respectively. The absence of a quality 6th bowler the team has been under immense pressure. The Australians have so far had little hiccups in the two games and they shall look to dominate the Indians here as well. It will be Interesting to see if the Indians are able to bounce back in this game.
Aaron Finch would be extremely pleased with the performance of his side in the two games so far. They have not only won both the games convincingly but broken the back of Indian’s bowling. Having won the series the Aussie skipper would look to whitewash India in what would serve as a good preparation for the T20 series. He would know India’s ability to bounce back and shall look for an aggressive show from his side.
Injury to opener David Warner is a big blow for the side and but their batting still looks dominating. Finch would look to provide a good start alongside Marnus Labuschagne. Steven Smith is at his best at the moment and along with Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell makes this batting line-up very strong in the middle. Moises Henriques and Alex Carey with their hitting abilities down the order shall look to make most of India’s misery with death bowling.
Mitchell Starc hasn’t looked at his best with the new ball so far and he will look for a better start with the new ball alongside Josh Hazlewood who is looking in good form. Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa have also troubled the Indians in the two games so far and they will look to repeat the same show here. In Henriques and Maxwell the side has good variety in its bowling attack.
Aaron Finch (c), Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Adam Zampa, Ashton Agar, Sean Abbott, Josh Hazlewood
Virat Kohli’s side has looked completely out of place in the two games so far. Their bowlers have been all over the place and don’t seem to have got used to the demands of ODI cricket after the IPL. They have failed with the new ball and also with it in death overs. Having already lost the series Kohli would be looking for a consolation win here which will add to their confidence ahead of the T20 series.
Mayank Agarwal has got his starts but failed to convert them into big scores. The side would need a good opening stand from him and Shikhar Dhawan. Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul looked in good form in the last game and the make the middle order formidable for the side. With Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja down the order the side will look for big hitting towards the end.
Indian bowling attack has been torn apart in both the games and the side would need early wickets from Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah which is one area where the side has failed. Shradul Thakur is likely to make his way in this game in place of Navdeep Saini and shall be expected to bowl tight lines. Yuzvendra Chahal, Pandya and Jadeja have bowled well and they will have to assume additional responsibilities with the ball given India’s poor show with the new ball.
Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Shradul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Ravindra Jadeja
Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, T Natarajan, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, SN Thakur
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||21||0 mm.||2.6 k/h||From: N||71%|
|03h||25||0 mm.||4.56 k/h||From: NNW||93%|
|06h||24||0 mm.||5.56 k/h||From: NNW||95%|
|09h||15||0 mm.||5.07 k/h||From: ENE||100%|
|12h||13||0 mm.||3.42 k/h||From: ESE||99%|
|15h||12||0 mm.||2.99 k/h||From: E||99%|
|18h||12||0 mm.||2.17 k/h||From: E||100%|
|21h||14||0 mm.||1.69 k/h||From: ENE||97%|
Canberra would see partly cloudy weather on December 02 and this would offer some assistance to the fast bowlers early on in the game. Batsmen would have to get their eyes in to do well here. With powerful batting on both the sides we expect the side batting first here to have a target score of 330 or more.
Manuka Oval, Canberra has short square boundaries and this allows plenty of hitting opportunities to the batsmen. Scoring runs is easy here due to the small size of the ground. Fast bowlers do get their early assistance but it can be difficult to bowl here with the old ball. Spinners have little margin for error due to the small size of the ground.
In the last 14 games at this venue no side has ever won a game chasing the score. It is a good wicket to bat on early in the game and the pitch deteriorates as the game progresses. Thus the captains shouldn’t have any hesitation at the toss and the side winning it would definitely want to bat first.
Indians have clearly been overwhelmed so far in the series and failed to execute their plans with the ball. The lack of bowling options is hurting the side and they will have to come up with a better show in this game. The Australians are looking in sublime form at the month and barring few players all others are looking in good form as of now. It is expected to be a tough contest but Australia clearly has the edge.
Australia to win