Ind vs Aus, 2nd ODI: Preview
A comprehensive win in the first game by India, both the teams now move to Kolkata for the second ODI. With a shameful defeat in the first game Aussies will look to stick to their old tactic of counter-attacking with words rather than good performance. Coming onto the previous game, Aussies looked very good with the bowl in starting but lost their way in the end due to power hitting by Pandya and Dhoni. Their opening bowlers made the way esy by removing India’s mainstays Virat, Rahane and Pandey just for 11 runs on the board, but some resistance from Rohit and Jadhav made Aussies furious and taking further Pandya and Dhoni were outstanding and a small cameo from B.Kumar ensured India reached a respectable target of 281 runs. Coulter-Nile took 3 wickets for Australia in the game and rest of the bowlers were ineffective.
The rain played spoil-sport and shortened the game. The game was reduced to 21 overs with 1 bowler bowling 5 overs max and others bowling 4 overs, the revised target set was 164 and Australia could only manage 137 for 9 in the end, thus losing a game which they had won easily. Maxwell was the only batsman to show some resistance but failed to take his team over the line. Pandya took 2 wickets, Chahal and Kuldeep were outsatnding with the bowl and Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah bowling superbly throughout. H.Pandya was awarded Man of the Match for his all-round performance. Also Dhoni Completed his 100th half-century in International Cricket.
Coming onto the 2nd game no changes are expected for the match from Indian side despite failures. Australian’s would be thinking to drop one of Stoinis or Cartwright and bring in Ashton Agar in the team as the pitch is expected to be good for spinners.
Ground and Pitch:
The match will be played at historic Eden Garden’s Cricket Ground in Kolkata. The Pitch here is considered to be good for spinners but early this year in a ODI between India and England, the pitch showed some bounce and carry with batsman also getting some help. The average 1st innings total here is 251 runs and average 2nd innings total is 211 runs. There are possibilities that the game might be affected due to rain as prediction of a storm hitting West Bengal has been made earlier.
India (Likely XI)-
Rohit, Rahane, Virat(C), Dhoni(Wk), M.Pandey, Jadhav, Hardik, Kuldeep, Chahal, B.Kumar, Bumrah
Australia (Likely XI)-
Warner, Stoinis/Cartwright, Smith(C), Head, Maxwell, Wade, Faulknar, Agar, Zampa, Cummins, Coulter-Nile