After the second consecutive loss, India now leads the series 2-0 and are just one more win away from taking the series home. Aussies, on the other hand, need a strong comeback if they want the fortunes to turn in their favour.
Let’s take a look at both the teams individually:
Though Indian batting didn’t do that great, it was The Kohli show which helped India on the batting front. Right from the start, Kohli looked strong and determined, ending up with 116 runs in 120 balls. Other then Kohli, Shankar was the only one who looked steady.
Indian openers are still struggling to give a good start. Even the middle order tumbled down in the last ODI except for Shankar. Bowling department looked quite impressive as they took wickets in regular interval and defended a decent score.
On the other side, Australian batsman did get off to starts but couldn’t capitalise on it. Most of the batsman scored 30+ but couldn’t go on to score big.
It’s good news for Australia that Finch was able to find his form. They had a good start and Stoinis scored a 50 in the middle but that was not enough as they fell short by eight runs.
Bowlers did great to stop India’s star-studded batting lineup to just 250. Pat Cummins was impressive with his line and length.
With selectors eyeing for players to fit into the upcoming world cup squads for their respective teams each player must be under enormous pressure, but they have to fight to find their spot in the final 15.
India vs Australia 3rd Match Playing XI updates:
India might go with a couple of changes. Both the openers have not given solid starts. This might provide a chance for Rahul who performed well in both the T-20’s. Maybe Rahul comes in for Rohit, and Rishabh Pant may come in for Rayudu who has not clicked in both the matches.
Probable XI: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan/Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedhar Jadhav, Ravinder Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.
Australian players looked in good form but were not able to convert their innings into a big one.
The bowling department seems excellent and requires minimal changes. They might play will both the spinners seeing the condition of the pitch.
Probable XI: Aaron Finch(C), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glen Maxwell, Alex Carrey(wk), Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Nathom Lyon.
India vs Australia, 3rd ODI
March 8, 2019, 13: 30 IST
JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
What to Expect:
Spinners tend to play an essential role at this ground as it is relatively a big stadium. However, much can’t be said as this stadium has hosted 3 ODI matches since 2013 after the inauguration. The average score here is 249.
Under the scorching sun during the day players will have to put in a lot of effort. The track offers spinners grip and turn.