The second ODI of the three-match series between India and Australia will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.
This game will commence at 1:30 PM IST (Local) (8:00 AM GMT). The match will be telecasted on DD Sports, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi and live-streamed on Hotstar, Jio Cricket HD.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
Australia thumped India by 10 wickets in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium and will be looking to seal the series in Rajkot. While the full strength bowling unit was at its best restricting the strong Indian batting line-up to just 255, David Warner and Aaron Finch just asserted their dominance with authority to leave the hosts hapless. The visitors would love to carry on with the winning the momentum in Rajkot.
India, on the other hand, have been caught off-guard for the first time in the home season. Virat Kohli’s decision to move down to number four has been criticised by many. And though he is expected to come back at three, Rishabh Pant getting ruled out of the game hasn’t helped India’s cause. It will be interesting to see if they will be able to make a comeback in the series against the on-song Australian side.
Sun will be shining bright in Rajkot on Friday. There is no chance of rain whatsoever and dew might come into play in the evening. The temperature is expected to hover in the early 20s when the match starts and it will come down to around 18 Degrees Celsius in the evening according to AccuWeather.
The surface at the venue is known to be another batting beauty. Even for this game, the flat pitch is expected to be on offer and the batsmen will enjoy their time in the middle. Interestingly, both the ODIs so far played in Rajkot have been won by the team batting first.
Average first innings score: 297 (In two ODIs played at the venue)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 0; Lost – 2
Injury and Availability News:
Rishabh Pant has been ruled out of the second ODI due to concussion. No replacement has been named for him. KL Rahul is expected to keep wickets.
Probable Playing XIs
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul (WK), Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav/Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
Bench – Manish Pandey, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav/Shivam Dube.
David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (WK), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson.
Bench – Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, D’Arcy Short.
With the way, Warner and Finch have batted in the previous game, they automatically become the top picks for Dream11 Fantasy side. With the ball, Mitchell Starc was the star with the figures of 3/56 while Cummins and Richardson also picked a couple each.
For India, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli continue to be the key batsmen with the record they boast of against Australia. Also, Jadeja is playing on his home ground and his all-round skills could just prove to be useful in the game. Bumrah is also expected to be lethal and can put up an improved show.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, David Warner
Vice-Captain Options – Steve Smith, Shikhar Dhawan, Aaron Finch
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Alex Carey
Batters – David Warner (VC), Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer
All-Rounders – Ashton Agar, Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Starc
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – KL Rahul
Batters – David Warner, Steve Smith (VC), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan (C)
All-Rounders – Marnus Labuschagne, Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers – Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini
Predicting an early fall of the wicket for the Aussies, you can pick Steve Smith in your Dream11 Fantasy side and can also consider him as the multiplier option in Grand Leagues. Most of the users will pick Warner and Finch and even if one of them get out early, it could earn you a lot of Fantasy points.
India are expected to make a comeback and level the series.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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