AUS vs IND, 3rd ODI preview: India’s pride on the line with Australia gunning for clean sweep

AUS vs IND, 3rd ODI preview: India’s pride on the line with Australia gunning for clean sweep

The third and remaining ODI between Australia and India will probably be performed on the Manuka Oval, Canberra on Wednesday (December 2).

India got here to Australia for a full-fledged tour which was billed because the battle between the 2 huge weapons of world cricket. After a number of stellar performances from the Indian gamers within the latest IPL 2020, it was being speculated that the Virat-Kohli led aspect would give the Aussies a run for his or her cash on their residence turf.

But, that’s not how the drama unfolded as soon as the tour started Down Under. India seemed a mere shadow of the group which had bought the higher of the Aussies throughout their final tour in 2018/19. Back then India had defeated Australia 2-1 within the Test collection whereas additionally profitable the ODI collection by the identical margin.

However, there is only one peculiar element that has made all of the distinction – throughout 2018/19, each Steve Smith and David Warner have been serving an year-long ban for his or her involvement within the notorious ball tampering scandal.

This time round, the 2 got here gunning for redemption. And boy oh boy what a distinction they’ve made. While Warner scored again to again half-centuries within the first two ODI’s, Steve Smith went one higher by registering two successive tons. They have completely belted the Indian bowling – the identical bowlers who have been on ‘fire’ in IPL.

Every single Aussie participant has been amongst the runs and the aspect even scripted historical past within the second ODI when only for the second time in historical past of the 50-over format, the highest 5 batsmen all scored fifty or extra runs in the identical recreation. Glenn Maxwell, who managed simply 108 runs in all of IPL 2020, has scored two rapid-fire half centuries – justifying his billing as the perfect finisher within the recreation proper now.

The Indian bowlers have taken a mixed 10 wickets from the 2 video games performed to this point with Australia posting mammoth totals of 374/6 and 389/Four on the board respectively.

The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal have seemed sub-par, being taken to the cleaners by the Aussie batsmen. It’s actually a disgrace that Hardik Pandya was India’s finest bowler within the final recreation (4-0-24-1) as he picked the essential wicket of Steve Smith.

The truth {that a} semi-fit Pandya, who hadn’t bowled in over an yr (not delivering a single ball in IPL 2020), needed to be introduced into the assault because the final roll of the cube, doesn’t augur properly for the Kohli-led Indians.

India have been handed some respiratory house as David Warner suffered a groin harm within the final recreation whereas Aussie tempo spearhead Pat Cummins has additionally been rested for the rest of the white-ball collection (ODI collection will probably be adopted by a three-match T20I collection).

The Indian batting has been considerably of a silver lining to date. They have scored 308 and 338 runs respectively within the first two video games – doing properly to keep away from shameful defeats. However, Australia’s big totals have proved too steep even for the a lot hyped Indian batting unit.

While the primary two video games have been performed on the SCG, the ultimate recreation will probably be performed on the Manuka Oval in Canberra. India can be hoping that the brand new floor and circumstances causes some turnaround of their fortunes.

Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke had stated that Kohli must set the tone earlier than he leaves after the primary Test (having been granted a paternity go away) and if India don’t do properly within the restricted overs collection, then they are going to be smoked 4-Zero within the Tests.

The indicators already look ominous for India as they’ve already misplaced the three match ODI collection with the ultimate lifeless rubber now set to be performed. With the collection already gone, India have to do all the pieces it may to rescue one for the sake of their very own delight. If they lose, the already lengthy tour will appear much more rocky and tumultuous for them.

It will probably be fascinating to see what all modifications they make of their taking part in XI on this lifeless rubber with many former cricketers vouching for Virat Kohli to step down from restricted overs captaincy.

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