India Vs Australia fifth ODI preview: Everything to Play for in Delhi

India Vs Australia fifth ODI preview and other highlights:

  • India and Australia will play the fifth and final ODI of the series on March 13, Wednesday
  • The match is slated to get underway at 1:30 pm with the toss and team news at 1:00 pm. Star Sports 1, Hindi/HD will broadcast the match
  • With the series level at 2-2 after Australia defeated India in the 3rd and 4th matches, the Feroz Shah Kotla will play host to the decider. Both sides are expected to go in with unchanged squads

India Vs Australia fifth ODI preview

It’s everything to play for as the ODI series between India and Australia enters the last leg. Showing impressive fighting spirit to keep snatching at India’s heels, Australia who find itself having levelled the series 2-2 going into the Delhi decider holding all the momentum. Meanwhile, the home side will be wishing that the Feroz Shah Kotla which has traditionally always been the bearer of good news helps turn over things for them and sees them continue their dominance over Australia in recent times.

Going ahead with India Vs Australia Fifth ODI Preview, it’s been a riveting series, with each and every match of the series turning out to be a close encounter. After India edged past Australia in the first two low scorers, the visitors have trumped India in the ensuing two high scoring matches, taking India’s first choice bowling line-up for over 300 in successive matches.

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With what started off with all smiles and laughter, the mood in the Indian unit has shot down with their recent showings as shoulders slumped and players expressions told a story of how utterly perplexed they were with Australia managing to chase 359 with relative ease. This is an Indian unit that sees itself staring in the face many unanswered questions. Cracks need to be repaired, the team combination needs to be settled on and the team management has to start reading conditions more properly.

One of the most appalling reasons India has been put down in the last two matches is their incoherent inability to read their own home conditions properly. It has cost them opting for the wrong decision at the toss before executing the gameplan that made them lose the match. It’s a problem that’s been their own making and it’s surprising to see how they’ve allowed this to creep into their unit.

 India Vs Australia fifth ODI preview

On the other hand, with the team management shuffling around too much, especially right before the

world cup beckons, not only has the best combination for this unit being unable to nail down on but too much shuffling hasn’t allowed players to settle into their groove either. Come Delhi, we expect India to go in with the same line-up as the previous encounter as they look to give some new faces one last chance.

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With a two days breathing period before the side takes to the field yet again, India has been granted the much needed time to rectify its mistakes. Huge work needs to be done in the fielding department with the side being riddled with inclement displays in the field, dropping three catches and missing out on two stumpings in Mohali itself.

For Australia, while the batting department has shone with performances coming from every batsman throughout the series, they still need to settle down on the bowling-order. Zampa, Maxwell and Lyon are spinners who have perished in Indian conditions, failing to make use of the spin-friendly tracks and it’s an area they need to get answering too.

 India Vs Australia fifth ODI preview

They’ll be the happier of sides though going into the last match. We expect them to field the same unit who’s impressed massively this series, pegging India back in their own country at a time when the cricketing fraternity was only concerned with questioning what’s wrong with this side. 

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India Squad

Kedar Jadhav, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Vijay Shankar, Ambati Rayudu, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal

Australia Squad

Aaron Finch, Ashton Turner, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, D’Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins

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