Man of the Match: Virat Kohli
After a disappointing T20I series, will India dominate the ODIs?
Our prediction is that India will win the second ODI against Australia to go 2-0 up in the ODI series at Nagpur.
The first of the 5-match ODI series happened on a ground that became more difficult to bat on as the game progressed. India still recovered from a tricky situation to pull off an easy win in the end by 6 wickets in the first ODI against the guests. The second ODI will be played at the VCA stadium in Nagpur on the 5th of March.
After the success in the T20I series, the longer format of the game displayed the issues with Australian batting, or the lack of it, in greater details. Except for Khwaja and in-form Maxwell, no one else looked set for a longer inning on tab bit difficult pitch to bat on.
India, back to their full strength, displayed a professional performance on a tricky pitch in the second half to go one up in the series. India are ticking various boxes in the team selection and would want a more dominating performance in the second ODI.
This is how a full strength India looks like. This is how they want to practice coming out of tricky situations. This is how they want to build the players in the role of a finisher. The win in the first ODI must have been a comforting one for the team as they battled the tricky conditions and the spin on offer to make it look like an easy win in the end.
Losing the toss bowling first, the bowlers were excellent throughout. There was a big partnership after the early wicket of Finch but there were no easy runs on offer. Australia eventually started losing wickets could only crawl to 236 on a slowish wicket. Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Shami, picked up two wickets each.
In the chase, India were reeling at 99 for 4. But sedate innings by MS Dhoni (59 of 72) and a more attacking one by Kedar Jadhav (81 of 87) sealed the game for India. India must be looking to strike another blow after the clinical win in the first ODI.
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Jarprit Bumrah, Rabindra Jadeja, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Shami/Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav
Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, JJ Bumrah, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami
Australia find themselves in a spot of bother as far as ODI batting is concerned. In the absence of Smith and Warner, the batting backbone seems to be missing. Captain Aron Finch’s form is not helping either. He is a sitting wicket these days.
Winning the toss batting first Australia lost Finch early. Khawaja and Stoinis built a partnership but were slow at it. Australia lost wickets in search of upping the tempo. Maxwell, who began well, failed to capitalize on a good start. And in the death overs, Aussies looked more concerned about keeping the wickets than going for the kill as they managed just 60-odd runs in last 10 overs to reach 236 for 7.
In defending the total, Australian bowlers bowled well. Adam Zampa was the prime threat for India in turning conditions. He got the big wicket of Kohli and then removed Rayudu to reduce India to 99 for 4. However, that was Australia’s last moment of triumph as India won the match with 6 wickets remaining. Improvement in batting is what Australia must focus to give a tough time to this Indian team.
Aaron Finch (capt), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Usman Khwaja, Jason Behrendorff/Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner
Aaron Finch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Shaun Marsh
A total of 8 ODI matches have been played at the VCA stadium in Jamtha. The team batting second have won 75% of the matches at this venue winning 6 matches. This pitch becomes good to bat on as the day progresses.
the team winning the toss should look to Bowl first at Jamtha and should look to chase the target in better batting conditions.
This is a contest between a team, India, having the highest win-loss percentage in last 2 years against a team, Australia, which is 14th in terms of the win-loss ratio among the 18 teams in last two years winning just 4 out of 25 matches. The teams are a complete mismatch on paper, but this is Australia we are talking about and they can turn the tables on their day. It looks improbable though against a team of the caliber of India.
Thus, our prediction is that India will continue the dominance in ODIs with a win the second ODI on 5th March 2019 at Nagpur.
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