As expected, India made a strong comeback in Adelaide to win the 2nd ODI against Australia and level the three-match series 1-1. The third and final match will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday to decide who takes the honours.
Australia will gun for a win that makes their home summer look better than what it is now. India, on the other hand, would be keen to continue their ODI domination in the ICC World Cup year.
The national team selections have hampered the sides playing the Big Bash League (BBL08) 2018/19 season. It has been an excellent series for Shaun Marsh (185 runs, SR 95.85), who was consistent throughout. Peter Handscomb also chipped in with vital contributions.
All-rounder Marcus Stoinis (76 runs, three wickets) has been a steady performer for Australia. If you had him in your fantasy XI, he would have already repaid you in good! If you are looking for a pick among bowlers, Jhye Richardson (five wickets, ER 4.25) is one name that pops up.
Batting has always been India’s strong point and Rohit Sharma (176 runs, SR 97.23) leads the charts for the visitors. Virat Kohli (107 runs) scored a match-winning century in Adelaide, so don’t rule him out in delivering an encore.
MS Dhoni (106 runs) has brushed aside concerns around his form, although his strike-rate is going nowhere. Among the bowlers, the clinical Bhuvneswar Kumar and the spin maestro Kuldeep Yadav are the ones to watch out for.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Shaun Marsh has put aside his Test troubles with excellent knocks this series. A fifty and a hundred makes him the player to watch for this game. He can be an excellent pick for your side, thanks to his consistency.
Shikhar Dhawan has looked in excellent touch in Adelaide scoring a 28-ball 32. It was a knock that was laced in boundaries and promised more. The Indian opener could be a good pick for your fantasy XI.
Marcus Stoinis has been very impressive with both bat and the ball so far this series. While his batting has earned some quick runs in the slog overs, he has impressed with his bowling control in the death overs. A sure shot pick for your fantasy XI!
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch (C) 2 Alex Carey (WK) 3 Usman Khawaja 4 Shaun Marsh 5 Peter Handscomb 6 Glenn Maxwell 7 Marcus Stoinis 8 Peter Siddle 9 Nathan Lyon 10 Jhye Richardson 11 Jason Behrendorff
India: 1 Rohit Sharma 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Vijay Shankar 5 MS Dhoni (WK) 6 Dinesh Karthik 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 Kuldeep Yadav 10 Khaleel Ahmed 11 Mohammed Shami
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