Man of the Match: AJ Turner
Can India seal the ODI series?
Our prediction is that India will win the 4th ODI against Australia to seal the series at Chandigarh.
India and Australia are battling it out in the 5-match ODI series. Australia kept the series alive by winning the 3rd ODI at Ranchi to make it 2-1 in the series so far. The crucial 4th ODI will be played at Mohali on 10th of March 2019.
Australia found voice with their batting again as the guests managed to set a target of above 300 for India to chase. Even after Kohli's heroic efforts, India could not get over the line. Eventually, they fell short by 32 runs. Australian bowling has been consistent through the series but their batting prospered at the critical point to keep them in the series.
India's top order is a bit of a concern right now. The fielding wasn't up to their usual standards as they dropped catches and let the runs go through. Interesting to see how a top team comes back in the 4th ODI.
India isn’t used to their top order failing so frequently. Add to it the fact that their fielding was at the worst in the third ODI and we have the recipe for a defeat. Chasing 314 was not an easy task but India eventually fell short by 32 runs as Australia kept the series alive.
Winning the toss electing to bowl first India could not contain the Australian openers. The opening partnership was broken at 193 in the 32 over when Kuldeep Yadav got Finch. India pulled back well in the back end of the innings to restrict Australia to 313 when it looked like they will reach somewhere around 350. Kuldeep Yadav got 3 for 64 that helped out the breaks on the Australian innings. In the chase, Indian chase master Virat Kohli scored a consecutive century, his 41st, but could not get India over the line. The failure of openers and lack of support from the middle order meant India failed to seal the series in the 3rd ODI.
India batting concerns have been hiding behind the wins recently. India must be keen to get their act together as they look to seal the series in the 4th ODI. MS Dhoni has been rested for the last 2 ODIs and Rishabh Pant will replace him.
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan/KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Jarprit Bumrah, Rabindra Jadeja, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal
YS Chahal, Virat Kohli, Lokesh Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, JJ Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan
Australia had a perfect outing in the middle in the 3rd ODI at Ranchi. The batsmen, especially Finch, got back to form in addition to their already good bowling attack. They have managed to save the series and now must look to build on this.
Losing the Toss batting first Australia had their best opening partnership of the series for 193 runs by the 32nd over. Finch (93) just missed the century but Khawaja (104) didn’t. Some late wickets pegged them down but they were still able to set an above par score for India to chase. Australia bowlers did not let any of the Indian batsmen settle down except for Kohli played a gem of an innings. Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, and Adam Zampa took 3 wickets each to help Australia win the match by 32 runs.
Australia must be keen to repeat such a performance at Mohali but they know that India will come back harder. It will be interesting to see how Australia build on the win at Ranchi.
Aaron Finch (capt), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Usman Khwaja, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh
AJ Turner, Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Adam Zampa, Shaun Marsh
Out of the total 24 ODIs played at Mohali the team batting first have 62% of the matches winning 15 of the 24 ODIs played here. Traditionally the pitch has enough pace and bounce for the seamers to trouble the opposition. It has slowed down a bit in the recent times though.
The team winning the toss should look to Bat first at Mohali and then should plan to defend the total under lights on a quickened up the surface.
Australia did win the third ODI at Ranchi, but they are not without their share of problems. They were set to reach 350 batting first but could only manage 313. The lack of predicted dew later in the day and India’s abysmal fielding in addition to bad batting helped them get over the line. India are a top side, especially at home, and have shown a tendency to bounce back all summer.
Thus, our prediction is that India will seal the series with a win at the fourth ODI on 10th March 2019 at Mohali.
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