India and Australia ODI series has seen a lot of action, drama and tight finishes.
After two consecutive losses, India would be looking to bounce back and win their last ODI before the World Cup. Indian team has not been able to assess the pitch conditions in the previous two games which have been one of the reasons for their losses.
Indian openers finding their knack would be a great relief for the team management. Rahul and Pant were handy with the bat scoring 26 runs from 31 balls and 36 runs from 24 balls respectively. Bowling is a concern for the team as they were not able to defend a huge total.
On the other side, Aussies have made their way till the last ODI after being 2-0 down at the start. Even though Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh were unable to score and give Australia a solid start, Khwaja and Handscomb did manage to put Aussies in a commanding situation. Later, it was all Ashton Turner show. Bowling might be a concern for Australia as Richardson went 85 in his nine overs at an economy rate of 9.4.
With the World Cup coming up, will the two teams look for changes and try out other players or will they try and win the last ODI before the World Cup to boost up their confidence?
India 5th ODI playing XI prediction
After a defeat in the T-20 series, India would want to win the ODI series. They won’t go for much changes as the team looks in good form especially with the openers. Though Kohli couldn’t contribute much in the last match, you can always rely on him. He might come in as 1st down and Rahul may be offered the 2nd down position.
Delhi wicket is a bit sluggish so they might look for a spinner all-rounder to come in place for Chahal as he has been inconsistent previously. Other than that India might stick to the same playing XI.
Probable XI :
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Kedhar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravinder Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.
Australia 5th ODI playing XI prediction :
The Australian team has been on a good run winning the last two ODI’s. With each player contributing they may not think to change the playing XI.
However, they might look if Marcus Stoinis is back from injury and he might come in for Shaun Marsh which may also give them an option to play Nathan Lyon for Richardson seeing the Delhi wicket.
Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh/Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson/Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorfd, Adam Zampa.
India vs Australia, 5th ODI
March 13th, 2019
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi
What to expect:
India and Australia have played many times at this venue previously. Generally, this pitch is more to the slow side which might help the spinners. But with both the teams scoring huge numbers we might encounter another high scoring game. Dew is unlikely to play a factor on this ground. Spinners will play an essential part in the latter part of the game.