Ind vs Aus, 4th ODI: Preview
A 3-0 series lead, rise to No. 1 position in ODI rankings that was what India wanted. A slight close encounter between two heavy weights and first time on this series Smith won the toss chose to bat and Finch made his way back with a awesome Century and Smith scored a half century but despite their efforts Australia reached a sub-par total of 293. In reply India again was better, this Rohit started taking Aussies out of the park by smashing sixes and fours upfront and made a 100 plus partnership with Rahane. After the openers and Virat departed along with Jadhav, it was again Hardik Pandya who was promoted to No. 4 and yet amazed another half century and ensured India reach the target easily. Manish Pandey too played a handy knock with Pandya to retain his place in the side.
Ground and Pitch Conditions:
Coming to the 4th ODI, it will be played at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. The stadium is small as compare to other stadium’s in India but slightly bigger than Indore’s Stadium. The pitch usually at Chinnaswamy helps batsman more than bowler but Curator of the ground in his recent interview hinted on the possibility of a sporting wicket rather than the usual flat one. Also weather is one of the major concern as heavy rain is expected on match day and day before the match. Also Tohit scored his maiden double century at his very ground when the Indian team last time played Australia here in 2013.
The selectors announced team for the remaining 2 ODI’s in which they added Axar back into the squad after nursing a injury and Jadeja was left out of the squad. Also Kohli hinted on giving chances to rest of the players in the squad.
Rohit, Rahane, Virat(C), Dhoni(Wk), M. Pandey, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Chahal, Shami, Bumrah
Ashton Agar has got injured so he will return home and rest of the squad is fit and Wade has been discarded as a wicket-keeper due to lack of performance- This what Australian Camp revealed after the match.
Warner, Finch, Smith(C), Handscomb(Wk), Head, Maxwell, Stoinis, Zampa, Coulter-Nile, Cummins, Richardson