Battle for survival for Team India in the 2nd ODI
Australia to win
As India takes on Australia in the second game of the 3-match ODI series at Sydney pressure would clearly be on the visitors to win this game and level the series. The Australians thrashed them by 66 runs in the first game in what as a one sided affair. Indians playing their first ODI in close to 10 months looked completely out of plan in the game as their bowlers were all over the place. With their backs to the wall the visitors have to fight back in this game.
The Indian team would be troubled by their poor record at the Sydney Cricket Ground where they have managed to defeat the hosts only twice in the past. It will require a complete turnaround for the side to win in this game. As for the Australians they would look to continue with the same momentum and win this game. The stakes would be high for the Indians and they aren’t likely to let the hosts have a walk in the park.
Aaron Finch couldn’t have asked for a better start to the summer at home. His team dominated the last game right from the start and never allowed the Indians to make their way into it. Having tasted first blood he would like his players to go for the kill and settle the series in two straight games. Finch would look for slightly better show from his bowling attack in this game.
Openers David Warner and Aaron Finch broke the back of Indian attack in the last game with the skipper making a well-deserved hundred. They will look to repeat the show in the next game. Steven Smith impressed with his quick-fire ton and so did Glenn Maxwell. Marnus Labuschagne missed out and shall be looking to do well in this game down the order along with Alex Carey and Marcus Stoinis.
The team would look for better efforts with the ball in the next game. Mitchell Starc looked in poor shape and shall need to do well with the new ball. Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood troubled the Indians and shall look to continue with the same form. Adam Zampa made good use of the conditions. With Marcus Stoinis and Maxwell in the set-up they have a good bowling attack to take on the Indians.
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, Steven Smith, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Virat Kohli would be upset with the show his side put up in the last game. Their bowling attack didn’t seem to have any answers for the Australian onslaught. The side looked rusty after the long break they have had with this format of the game. While there were some positives as far as batting is concerned but the side would need to come up with a much improved show to defeat the confident Aussies in this game.
Mayank Agarwal looked good and shall look to provide a good start along with Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan did top score for the side but he will have to improve on his scoring rate. Kohli and Shreyas Iyer missed out in the middle and the side would be expecting better show from them in the next game. Hardik Pandya played a good cameo and he will look to dominate the bowling towards the end with Ravindra Jadeja.
It was a nightmare for the Indian bowlers in the last game and they would be expecting a better start with the new ball from Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah after their failure in the last game especially from Bumrah. Jadeja did fare well but the side would need improved show from Yuzvendra Chahal and Navdeep Saini in this game as they leaked runs in the last match.
Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Shami, Ravindra Jadeja
YS Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, NA Saini, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||36||0 mm.||11.39 k/h||From: WNW||34%|
|03h||37||0 mm.||10.52 k/h||From: WNW||76%|
|06h||33||0 mm.||5.43 k/h||From: SSW||89%|
|09h||21||0 mm.||9.5 k/h||From: SSE||99%|
|12h||20||0 mm.||8.31 k/h||From: SSE||76%|
|15h||19||0 mm.||6.89 k/h||From: S||23%|
|18h||18||0 mm.||5.57 k/h||From: SSE||25%|
|21h||19||0 mm.||3.88 k/h||From: SSE||91%|
The skies over Sydney would be under thick cloud cover on November 29 and batting conditions are likely to be challenging. There was little for the fast bowlers in the previous game off the surface but the weather conditions would help them here. Spinners would come into the game in the second innings. The side batting first would target a score in excess of 320 runs to feel safe.
Sydney Cricket Ground is one of the most competitive venues for ODI cricket. The large size of the ground allows lots of run scoring opportunities. The outfield is fast that allows stroke making. Fast bowlers do get rewards when the pitch the ball up on this surface. This is the best wicket for spinners in Australia as there is lot of turn and bounce on offer.
The pitch here is tricky to bat in the second innings as the ball tends to start turning and the wicket slows down. In the last 10 games played here the side chasing the score has won only twice. Thus the side winning the toss would have no hesitation in batting first and putting up a big score on the board.
India would be clearly under pressure in this game after the massive loss in the last game. Their poor show with the ball would have hurt their confidence as the Australians dominated right from the very start. However, this team has the ability to bounce back and level the series. Australia would be supremely confident after their show in the previous game and in their home conditions they would definitely start as favorites.
Australia to win