Australia have already claimed the three-match ODI series against India. In the first two ODIs at the iconic Sydney Cricket Stadium, the hosts showed their class with the bat in hand. On both instances, they managed to breach the 350-run mark and then put the Men in Blue under pressure.
Going into the third match in Canberra, the Aussies have decided to rule out David Warner and Pat Cummins. The duo won’t be playing the remaining white-ball matches against Virat Kohli’s men. As far as India are concerned, they will be looking to salvage some pride, avoiding a horrendous clean sweep.
Their bowling attack went under the pump in the first two matches and they need to go back to the drawing board. Their batting scored over 300 both times only to end up on the losing side.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Manuka Oval has traditionally been a belter for batting. The average first innings score is above 320 and another high-scoring match seems to be on the cards.
Teams batting first have won quite a few matches at the venue and hence, chasing can be avoided. The temperature will be around 23 and 32 degrees Celsius. The humidity will be going up as the game progresses.
Playing Combinations for AUS vs IND
Aaron Finch (C), Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques/Cameron Green, Matthew Wade, Alex Carey (WK), Sean Abbott/Andrew Tye, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
Bench– Ashton Agar, Marcus Stoinis, Moises Henriques/Cameron Green, Daniel Sams, Sean Abbott/Andrew Tye
Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini/Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah/T Natarajan
Bench– Shubman Gill, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur/Navdeep Saini, T Natarajan/Jasprit Bumrah
Probable Top Performers for AUS vs IND
Steve Smith- Australia
Steve Smith is currently the leading run-scorer in the series with back to back tons. In two matches, he had scores of 105 and 104, and has turned out to be a crucial member of Australia’s limited-overs setup.
He came to bat after Aaron Finch and David Warner took the Aussies off to flying starts. If he gets his eyes in, Smith can again wreak havoc in the opposition bowling attack with his shots.
Virat Kohli– India
Virat Kohli got out to a rash shot in the opening match of the series. He perished to Josh Hazlewood while trying to go for a pull shot, charging down the track.
However, in the second game, he made amends, though his knock couldn’t evade a series defeat for Team India. He scored 89 runs before getting out. In the dead rubber, the 32-year-old would be looking to play another substantial knock.
AUS vs IND Head to Head
Played – 142 | Australia Won – 80 | India Won – 52 | Tie/NR – 10
Played – 53 | Australia Won – 38 | India Won – 13 | NR – 2
Average first innings score: 327 (last 9 completed matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 2 | Lost- 7
Match timings – 02:40 PM local time, 09:10 PM IST
TV – Sony SIX
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
The prediction is for the team, batting first to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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