A sensational batting blitz from Ashton Turner gave Australia a four-wicket win in the fourth ODI. That means the fifth ODI in Delhi is now the series decider, although both India and Australia have their sights set on World Cup team composition.
The winning momentum is clearly with Australia, as they have exposed the chinks in India strategy. The Indian Premier League schedule, that starts right after this series, hampers India’s preparation. That means this series decider is very significant.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma picked up form in the third ODI, and their batting usually has not many worries. Virat Kohli is in prime form, but questions remain over the middle-order. Kedar Jadhav and KL Rahul have still not picked up consistent returns, while Rishabh Pant has been yet to impress.
Back-to-back losses, however, have put question marks over their bowling. Jasprit Bumrah could be given rest, which further weakens their bowling resources. Should there be dew once again, the Indian spinners might feel the heat.
India Predicted XI: 1 Shikhar Dhawan 2 Rohit Sharma 3 Virat Kohli 4 KL Rahul 5 Rishabh Pant (WK) 6 Kedar Jadhav 7 Vijay Shankar 8 Kuldeep Yadav 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10 Yuzvendra Chahal 11 Mohammad Shami
After a poor start to the series, Australia came storming back with two impressive wins. Usman Khawaja continues to hog the limelight with consistent scores. The assured batting of Peter Handscomb and the calculated hitting of Glenn Maxwell and Turner gives confidence to the camp.
Bowling has been Australia’s strongest suit, with Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa enjoying a great series. Nathan Lyon could be drafted back into the side, however, to take advantage of the slow and low Feroz Shah Kotla pitch.
Australia Predicted XI: 1 Aaron Finch 2 Usman Khawaja 3 Shaun Marsh 4 Marcus Stoinis 5 Peter Handscomb 6 Glenn Maxwell 7 Alex Carey (WK) 8 Jhye Richardson 9 Pat Cummins 10 Adam Zampa 11 Nathan Lyon
Fantasy Players to Watch
Usman Khawaja has 283 runs in the series at an average of 70.75. In the four matches he played, Khawaja has two 50+ scores and one century. A good pick for your fantasy side.
Peter Handscomb has been a revelation for Australia this series with 184 runs at a strike rate of 93.87. His assurance against spinners should earn him a place in your fantasy side.
Kuldeep Yadav has been India’s prolific bowler this series with nine wickets. His ability to pick crucial wickets makes him a good fantasy pick for your side.
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