After sharing contrasting, yet comfortable wins in the first two matches – India and Australia are level 1-1. Going into the third match at Bengaluru on Sunday, both teams will be confident of clincing the series.
There is enough evidence in the series to show that both teams aren’t perfect. India remain dependent on their top-order batting, while Australia have a brittle middle-order. With so many excellent picks available, this match presents a great opportunity for your fantasy selections.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were injured during the win at Rajkot. Although the word is not yet out, Rohit looks uncertain to participate. Think twice before including him in your side. Otherwise, captain Virat Kohli and KL Rahul loom as ‘certain picks’ for your side.
Jasprit Bumrah took just one wicket, but looked to be nearing his best. Mohammed Shami was among the wickets for India, but his economy rate remains high. Kuldeep Yadav has been close to his best and should be a good choice for your side.
Steve Smith showed his value to this Australian side with an excellent knock at Rajput. There were runs for Marnus Labuschagne as well, and the duo remain good fantasy picks. David Warner is another star player who can’t be ignored.
Adam Zampa is in cracking form and looks set to continue his wicket-taking ways. Among others, Josh Hazlewood can be your dark horse pick. The pacer could be drafted in place of Kane Richardson and can impress with his control.
Fantasy Players to Watch
KL Rahul has been consistent with his scores and is looking at the top of his game. With the batsman set to don the gloves as well, there can be good fantasy points up for grabs.
Steve Smith was in great form in the second ODI and will be itching to score big once again. With India struggling to find ways of dismissing him, he might be among the runs.
Adam Zampa has been excellent with his control in both the ODIs this series. He looks set to grab the ‘Man of the series’ award as well, if he can manage two-three wickets.
India: 1 Shikhar Dhawan 2 KL Rahul (WK) 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Shreyas Iyer 5 Manish Pandey 6 Shivam Dube 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Kuldeep Yadav 9 Mohammed Shami 10 Navdeep Saini 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch (C) 2 David Warner 3 Marnus Labuschagne 4 Steve Smith 5 Ashton Turner 6 Alex Carey (WK) 7 Adam Zampa 8 Mitchell Starc 9 Pat Cummins 10 Ashton Agar 11 Josh Hazlewood
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