Our prediction is that India will win the third ODI against Australia to go 2-0 up in the ODI series at Nagpur.
The Australia and India now move to Ranchi where the third ODI of the 5-match series will be played. India have won both the matches till now and would be looking to seal the series in the third ODI on 8th of March 2019.
The second ODI was Australia’s game to lose and they lost it in a last over thriller against the relentless Indian bowlers, especially Jasprit Bumrah and Vijay Shankar, who bowled the last over. A Kohli masterclass on a tough pitch meant India could reach a fighting total. However, it was the bowlers who did not let it go until the last moment to pull off a sensational win.
Australia must feel it was their best chance to come back in the series that they could not hold onto. India don’t mind getting in and coming out of dire situations as a preparation for the world cup. An interesting game ahead of us.
The second ODI was not the best performance by India. Apart from Kohli and Vijay Shankar, no other batsmen could make a sizable impact. They started off badly with the ball as well. And yet, India managed to win in the end, speaks a lot about their mindset and the strength of the opposition.
Losing the toss batting first, India were soon reduced to 75 for 3 by the end of 17th over. Vijay Shankar played a quick handy cameo along with Kohli to get India past 150. However, Jadhav and Dhoni fell cheaply to consecutive deliveries from Zampa, keeping India to 171 for 6. Kohli at one end was battling alone to get his 40th ODI century in tough situations. With lower order support he managed to get India to 250. India did not start well with the ball, but the bowlers kept picking wickets at regular intervals. Despite Stoinis’ resistance, Vijay Shankar kept his nerve to defend 10 in the last over.
Bumrah was at his best again who conceded just 10 runs in his last 6 overs picking 2 wickets in all important 46th over and conceded just one in 48th. The form of Shikhar Dhawan is a concern for India and he might make way for KL Rahul in the next match at Ranchi.
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan/KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Jarprit Bumrah, Rabindra Jadeja, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal.
Australia keeps losing ODIs after ODIs. The last two years have been their worst in ODI ever. Only 4 wins in 26 games do not look the stats of a team that has won the ODI world cup 3 times. But that is where they find themselves now.
Winning the toss bowling first on a tricky wicket the Australian bowlers did well to keep India under control. Except Kohli and Shankar to some extent, they did not allow others to settle. Australia would have taken a target of 251 at the start of the day. For a change, Australia started off pretty well with the bat as well but moved from none for 83 to 132 for 4 in a matter of 10 overs. Handscomb and Stoinis resisted well and looked like getting Australia over the line until Jadeja ran Handscomb out. The tail could not stand against Bumrah who Stoinis played out for 1 in the 48th over. 11 needed off the last over Stoinis got out on the first ball. Australia eventually succumbed to an 8 run loss. Australia need to find inspiration from somewhere as they look to save this series and correct their ODI stats.
Aaron Finch (capt), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Usman Khwaja, Jason Behrendorff/Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh.
JSCA International Stadium at Ranchi has hosted 4 ODIs of which India have won two. This is a big ground that offers grip and turn for the spinners. The size and assistance make this an impact ground for the spinners. Both teams will play a couple spinners at this venue.
The team winning the toss should look to Bat first at Ranchi and then should plan to defend in a big ground on a gripping and turning surface.
Australia, especially their batsmen, are performing like a team that have won only 15% of the matches in the last 2 years while India keeps finding ways to dig themselves out of the hole to come on top as a top team should. Despite not being at their best, India managed to hang on till the end and pull off a thrilling win. Australia will look at that as a wasted opportunity.
Thus, our prediction is that India will seal the series with a win the third ODI on 8th March!
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