IND vs AUS, 3rd ODI: Preview, Pitch Report, Probable XIs, Fantasy Tips & Prediction
Australia won the second ODI convincingly [Source: AP]
Team Preview: India
After securing a five-wicket victory in the first ODI in Mumbai, India suffered a crushing ten-wicket defeat in Visakhapatnam.
India lost the Vizag ODI by ten wickets [Source: AP]
Although the outcomes of both matches were exactly the opposite, the Indian team had a common and familiar nemesis, a top-order collapse. And guess who the wrecker-in-chief for Australia was?
It was none other than Mitchell Starc, who ripped the hosts apart through his incredible skills with the new ball.
Also, the Indian bowlers were no match to their counterparts in the second game, as the Australian openers took only eleven overs to chase the meagre target of 118 runs. Mitchell Marsh took on the hosts' bowling unit once again, slamming his second consecutive fifty of the series.
So, moving on to this game, India must find solutions to their problems, with special emphasis on countering Starc and Marsh.
Team Preview: Australia
Despite being drubbed in Mumbai, Australia bounced back in style, decimating the hosts by ten wickets to stay alive in the series.
Mitchell Marsh has starred with the bat for Australia [Source: AP]
While Mitchell Starc has breathed fire to torment the Indian top order, Mitchell Marsh has come out with all guns blazing with the bat to keep the Indians at bay.
Furthermore, Sean Abbott and Nathan Ellis also had a terrific time with the ball and would like to sustain their prolific run in the series.
However, the focus will be on Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Marnus Labuschagne, who recorded failures in Mumbai and will, therefore, look to conclude the tour on a high note.
Date and Time: March 22, 01.30 PM IST
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and HotStar
Pitch Report: The surface in Chennai will be spin-friendly, assisting the spinners throughout the game. The breeze will help the fast bowlers get some swing early on, so the batters need to play out the new-ball spell and then up the ante. If it's a fresh wicket, the toss-winner will prefer to bowl first. However, if a used surface is dished out, we might see the toss-winning team batting first.
India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj
Australia: Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne/David Warner, Steve Smith, Alex Carey (WK), Cameron Green, Nathan Ellis/Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
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Wicket-Keeper: KL Rahul
Batters: Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli
All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel
Bowlers: Mitchell Starc, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Sean Abbott/Adam Zampa
Captain: Mitchell Marsh
Vice-Captain: KL Rahul
Considering the kind of contest seen so far, we anticipate another cracking battle between the two teams. However, Chepauk will suit India more than their counterparts, which is why we back the home side to emerge victorious in this face-off.