Date & Time: Friday, January 17, 13:30 IST
Venue: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, India
India under pressure to keep the series alive
As expected, Australia has been the strongest opposition for India in the home season. They have not only tested India, but also dominated the hosts all the way to the end.
India’s problems were not just limited to the middle order. Their bowling attack struggled to pick even one wicket. Now with this series on the line, India needs to address their concerns.
On the other hand, Australia is eyeing their second straight series win in India, and if they happen clinch the series, it will be a huge blow for India, given their dominance at home in recent times.
Kedar Jadhav is likely to replace Rishabh Pant, who is recovering from the concussion he suffered during the first ODI. Australia is likely to stick with their winning combination.
India Probable XI:
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul(wk), Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur/Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia possible XI:
Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
Historically Rajkot has been a high scoring venue, and it is expected to be the same way in this crucial match of the series. The weather forecast predicts that there won’t be any dew, hence we expect spinners to play a big role. Batting second might not be as easy as it was in Mumbai.
It will be interesting to see where he will come to bat in Rajkot. There has been a lot of criticism over his move to bat at No.4 in Mumbai. India needs a big knock from him to stay alive in the series. Considering his desire to shine in big moments, we expect an outstanding performance, irrespective of which position he bats in for today’s match.
It is very rare that Rohit fails against the Aussies, given his phenomenal record against them over the past few years. His best knocks have been against Australia. Apart from the first ODI, he has a PPM of 71 in the last 5 matches played in the format.
After the horrible Ashes series, it looks like he is determined to perform well to compensate for it. He has been the leading run-scorer for Australia across formats. His PPM of 74 in the last 5 matches makes him a must-have in today’s match.
He has a phenomenal record when it comes to ODIs, in which he scores at a PPM of close to 70 and has an MDTA of 1.37. In the first match of the series, he displayed his skill with a 3-wicket haul.