IND vs AUS, 2nd ODI: Preview, Pitch Report, Probable XIs, Fantasy Tips & Prediction
India won the Mumbai ODI convincingly [Source: AP]
On Sunday, hosts India will take on Australia in the second ODI of the three-match series in Visakhapatnam. It's a must-win game for Australia, as a loss here will lead them to a series defeat. Meanwhile, India will aim at securing another win and claiming the series.
Team Preview: India
KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja won it for India in Mumbai [Source: AP]
India had a clinical outing in the first ODI in Mumbai, crushing the visitors by five wickets. Riding on a sensational bowling performance, especially from Mohammed Shami, the hosts restricted their counterparts to a paltry 188 and later chased the total, courtesy of a match-winning 108-run stand between KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja.
But the struggle of their top-order against the moving ball was evident, as Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav departed for low scores. However, the Men in Blue will back themselves to turn things around in the second game, as their batting lineup will get a massive boost with regular skipper Rohit Sharma rejoining the squad.
Team Preview: Australia
Mitchell Marsh was the lone warrior for Australia with the bat [Source: AP]
On the contrary, Australia had a forgettable game in Mumbai and will be desperate to restore parity by winning this match.
Although most of their batters got out cheaply, Mitchell Marsh passed the Indian challenge with flying colours, amassing an aggressive 65-ball 81 including ten fours and five humongous sixes.
So, moving on to this fixture, the Australian think tank would like better returns from their key batters- Travis Head, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis.
Meanwhile, their bowling unit, led by Mitchell Starc, received accolades, as they made a match out of such a sub-par total. However, despite reducing India to 39 for four, the visitors allowed Rahul and Jadeja to consolidate, something they should rectify in this do-or-die game.
Date and Time: March 19. 01.30 PM IST
Venue: Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Hotstar
Pitch Report: The surface in Visakhapatnam will have even pace and bounce, being ideal for batters. However, it will assist the spinners throughout the game and deteriorate with time, making run-chase a tricky affair. So, the toss-winner will likely opt to bat first.
While Rohit Sharma will replace Ishan Kishan at the top, India might also consider including Washington Sundar, given the track's conduciveness for spin bowling.
For the same reason, Australia might replace Cameron Green with Ashton Agar. And if David Warner returns, Marnus Labuschagne could be benched.
India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur/Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
Australia: Travis Head, David Warner/Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Josh Inglis (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar/Cameron Green, Mitchell Starc, Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa
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Wicket-Keeper: KL Rahul
Batters: Shubman Gill, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Rohit Sharma
All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Marcus Stoinis
Bowlers: Adam Zampa, Mohammed Siraj, Mitchell Starc, Kuldeep Yadav
Captain: Rohit Sharma
Vice Captain: Mohammed Siraj
India have a formidable record at the venue and they will likely emerge triumphant in this clash.