India Vs Australia third ODI Preview: Rapturous India look to seal series

India Vs Australia third ODI Preview Highlights:

  • India and Australia will play the third match of the series on 8th March at 1:30pm
  • The toss is slated for 1:00pm. The match will be telecast on Star Sports 1, Hindi/HD in both English and Hindi
  • India lead the five-match series 2-0 after having defeated Australia by 5 wickets and 8 runs in the first two matches respectively

India Vs Australia third ODI Preview

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India Vs Australia third ODI Preview

After putting on a show to put down a runaway Australian side in the second ODI at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur, the Indian side moves onto Jharkhand for the third match of the series. The five-match series will see the two sides commence their rivalry after a two-day break on Friday, March 8. India looks to win their second ODI series of the year against Australia and continue to build on their framework for the upcoming World Cup.

For Australia though, the way in which they went about to concede the second match to India would have been a tough result to digest. Throwing away the match from a certain win, the visitors not only lost the chance to restore parity in the series but may lose the series altogether if they can’t contain the home side come tomorrow.

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Having gone in with two frontlines, specialist spinners in Lyon and Zampa for the previous match, the gameplan failed to work out in Australia’s favor with Kohli thwarting their efforts of troubling the Indian batters. Adding to their problems is the fact that apart from Cummins, the rest of the Australian pace attack hasn’t looked menacing either and if it wasn’t some poor and lazy shot selection from India, wickets would have been hard to come about for Australia.

India Vs Australia third ODI Preview

On the batting front as well, the Australian side is left facing the languishing ramifications of Finch and Khawaja departing cheaply every match. While Finch has been unable to shake off his crumbling form under Bumrah and Shami’s deliveries time and time again, Khawaja, on the other hand, has batted far too slowly, failing to convert his starts into a score that can provide Australia with the platform to build on.

For India meanwhile, it was all smiles and cheers as they trained for the third ODI. The unit is an extremely confident one, something that can be augured from the pictures that have surfaced of the team enjoying a glorious dinner yesterday.

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The problems are few to answer for the side after two amazing wins and we could see them retain the winning line-up that has served them well in the opening two encounters. The only change that might be rung up could be that of Bhuvneshwar Kumar who returns to the squad for the next three ODIs getting a place ahead of Shami as India look to decide who’ll be their main choice to partner Bumrah for the world cup.

On the batting front, although India have taken a 2-0 series lead, the middle-order is yet to become one that can be relied on to deliver if the top order fails to get going.  With Dhawan failing to score much and Rayadu finding it tough to get going, unable to rotate strike before falling after a slow inning, all eyes will once again be on Kohli to come up with the goods. The two wins have been ones in which India have had to dig in massively and use all of their resources but they show the resolve and will of the team.

India Vs Australia third ODI Preview

“Just coming through these kinds of games gives us confidence. It’s important to look ugly at times, and come through and win. We might get these low-scoring games in the World Cup as well,” Kohli had said after the second match.

Squad:

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant.

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff.

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