A comprehensive and all-round effort in the third ODI got Australia back in the ODI series. India still lead 2-1 and can seal the five-match series with a win in Mohali on Sunday.
Integral to both the sides is preparing for the upcoming World Cup. India are set to rest some of their regulars for the last two ODIs, while Australia will look to keep the improvements coming.
Captain Virat Kohli is in excellent form this series with two centuries already. The poor form of the openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma is a worry for India. Ambati Rayudu is also blowing hot and cold, which could open the doors for KL Rahul.
The upcoming Indian Premier League and the tight schedule mean India have very little time left to finalise their World Cup spots. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal could be looking to slot into the playing XI for this match.
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 Jasprit Bumrah
After the improvements in Nagpur, Australia increased the tempo to win the game in Ranchi. Aaron Finch got back to form, while Usman Khawaja continued his good run. With Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey looking in good touch at the fag end of the innings, Australia look settled with the bat.
It is the bowling that takes the cake, as Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa have been leading the Kangaroos with seven wickets each in the series. Jhye Richardson’s pace is another positive for the Australians. As the series progressed, Australia got into their groove raising hopes of a series-levelling win in Mohali.
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 Jason Behrendorff
Fantasy Players to Watch
Virat Kohli now has eight ODI centuries against Australia in just 34 ODIs. Only Sachin Tendulkar with nine from 71 ODIs has more, so expect the Indian captain to keep scoring runs.
Aaron Finch has hit form after a 93 in Ranchi, that could so easily have been a century. When in form, Finch generally hits the top-gear and is a must in your fantasy side.
Pat Cummins has seven wickets at an economy rate of 4.09 in the series. That makes him the most effective bowler across both sides.
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