Date & Time: Sunday, January 19, 13:30 IST
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India
A cracker of a game awaits in Bengaluru
After a crushing defeat in the first ODI, a comeback is what is expected from a team like India. They were up to the mark in Rajkot to keep the series alive, which made the Bengaluru game a decider on Sunday. Both the games are an indication of how good these two sides are at the moment. Although on Sunday only one will have their final laugh. More than that, how these sides compete once again will be in the forefront.
There are no reports released on the situation of Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant’s respective injuries. So any changes will only be known before the match.
Australia, on the other hand, is likely to stick with the same XI.
What do you expect other than a belter at Chinnaswamy? It is going to be another run-fest of the series. The dew is likely to make life easy for the team batting second and vice-versa for the bowling team.
He just seems to be in the form of his life. His innings at No.5 in Rajkot not only helped India to level the series but also opened new possibilities in the middle order. In the tour, he has a PPM of 91 and in the last five matches he has a PPM of 84.
As expected, the captain shined in Rajkot and now he needs to replicate the same at his second home. He plays cricket all through summer here and he is among the top run-scorer at the venue in ODIs in the present squad. So expect nothing short of his PPM of 83 in today’s match.
If not for Pandey’s stunning catch, it seemed like he is almost about to replicate the heroics of Mumbai in the last game. Given his recent form across formats and the surface in Bengaluru, expect him to bounce back in today’s match, which is the grand finale of the series.
In Rajkot, he almost took the game away from India, and only after his dismissal India breathed easy. In the final match of the series expect nothing different from him given his hunger to score runs and his record against India.