Ind vs Aus, 3rd ODI: Preview
A hat-trick, a 2-0 lead exactly what India wanted to start off. This series has so far been in the favour of India not because of home conditions but because of all-round performance and an average Australian side. Now 3rd ODI automatically becomes a finale for Aussies, if they lose the ODI they lose the series, having already lost Aaron Finch due to injury Australia has been struggling with the opening pair the new boy Cartwright so far has been disappointing and Warner has not shown as positive sign yet, the only Positives which Australia would take from the last game is Coulter-Nile’s 3 wickets, Stoinis’s 50 and Smith’s resistance. Whereas India played very well despite short off 20-30 runs they showed all-round abilities and clinched the match by 50 runs. Batting first India again lost one of their openers early, this time it was Rohit then Kohli and Rahane made a partnership of 100 plus but soon after Rahane got run-out, India lost wickets regularly and Virat also missed his 31st hundred by 8 runs and in the end Pandya and Bhuvi took India to a total of 252 for 10 in 50 overs. India started well as Bhuvneshwar took wickets of both Aussie openers and Aussies slipped to 9 for 2 then Australia showed some resistance but when Smith got out while trying to pull a delivery from Hardik Pandya soon after that the Aussies were vicitimed by Kuldeep’s hat-trick, his first victim was Wade who got bowled due to inside edge, second was Ashton Agar who was lbw and third was Cummins caught by Dhoni. Kuldeep becomes 3rd Indian to acheive this feat in ODI for India.
Ground and Pitch Conditions:
The match will be played at Madhaya Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Indore. The ground has hosted it’s first Test last year during New-Zealand’s tour of India. The ground is well known for Sehwag’s double century which came way back in 2011 against West Indies. The Stadium is officially Known as Holkar Stadium. The pitch at this stadium is considered as a batsman friendly surface and so far it is true as India chased down a target of 289 runs against England way back in 2006 with 7 wickets in hand. The stadium also has shorter boundaries so finally we can expect a high-scoring game in the series.
No changes are expected from the Indian side unless or until there is any forced change.
Rohit, Rahane, Virat(C), Dhoni(Wk), Pandey, Jadhav, Pandya, Kuldeep, B.Kumar, Chahal, Bumrah
After a poor performance from bat Cartwright is expected to be dropped and Peter Handscomb might be included in the side and Travis Head can be promoted up the order to open with Warner, rest of the team is expected to remain same. and Stoinis may be promoted up the order in place of Maxwell.
Head, Warner, Smith(C), Handscomb, Wade(Wk), Stoinis, Maxwell, Agar, Cummins, Coulter-Nile, Richardson