16th Jan, 2019
India keep series alive, expect a cracker of a finale!
It’s all down to the final ODI as it is do-or-die for both the teams, courtesy India’s thumping win in the second ODI at Adelaide.
India would be pleased after coming back to winning ways, riding on their skipper’s century, who just keeps piling on runs as if he’s having a walk in the park. But it wasn’t Virat Kohli who everyone was talking about. The shutterbugs were all over MS Dhoni, who was back to his vintage ‘Mahi Maar Raha Hai’ days and guided India home unbeaten at 55. Not to forget the able support of Dinesh Karthik, who just loves to flourish under pressure. India’s bowling star was Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was back to being the lethal bowler that he is.
India ticked all the boxes as runs were scored in partnerships and wickets were taken in intervals. The Virat Kohli-led side would like to keep the confidence high and seal the series when they take on Australia in the series-decider on 18 January at the MCG.
Even though Australia lost the match, thanks to a Dhoni special, they wouldn’t be too upset about it as they were exceptional and took the match till the final over.
India is likely to play with the same winning combination and so will field the same eleven unless they want Khaleel Ahmed to be back for Siraj, who was a bit wayward with his line. India could also try Vijay Shankar, just to have an extra all-rounder.
Coming to Australia, they might replace a few players to get the combination right. Peter Siddle might make way for Billy Stanlake and they may also include Adam Zampa, who was superb against India in the T-20 series. Whatever changes they make will only be in the bowling department as their batting department has looked good. Going into the final ODI, they would want their captain Aaron Finch to fire, who has looked totally out of sorts against Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
All in all, be sure to expect a nail-biting finale to what has been a historic tour for team India.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed/Mohammed Siraj
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon/Adam Zampa, Peter Siddle/Billy Stanlake, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff