Chennai: When the Indian cricket team takes on Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in the third ODI on Wednesday, it will try to save its reputation at home. A three-match ODI series is currently being played between India and Australia, which is tied at 1-1. India won the first match and Australia won the second match to level the series. For this reason, the third match of the series has become decisive and now the one who wins this match will make the series his name.
Indian team captain Rohit Sharma would absolutely not want India to face series defeat in their own home and hence Team India will give their all to win this last match. Earlier, when the Australian team came to play the ODI series on the tour of India in 2019, they went after winning the series. Rohit would not like to repeat that work.
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Batsmen will have to do a big job
The Indian batsman has flopped badly in the two matches played so far. In the first match, Team India had trouble even scoring 189 runs. KL Rahul somehow got the team victory by scoring a half-century. But in the second ODI played in Visakhapatnam, the Indian batsmen failed again and the team was bundled out for 117 runs. Neither Shubman Gill walked nor Virat Kohli. Rohit Sharma’s bat was also calm. Suryakumar has not been able to bat in ODIs the way he used to do in T20s. His form is also a matter of concern for the team. Hardik Pandya has also not been able to show anything amazing.
If the team has to win in the third match, then it is necessary for the batsmen to walk. The batsmen will have to overcome the Australian bowlers, especially Mitchell Starc. If this does not happen, then Team India may be in trouble. Virat Kohli and Rohit are the two main batsmen of the team and it is very important for both of them to come in color in this decisive match.
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Dependent on bowlers too
In the second match, Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head thrashed the Indian bowlers fiercely and did not allow them to take wickets. Both Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj were failing. India had fielded three spinners in the second match, but all three – Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav failed. In the last match, the bowlers will also have to show amazing.
Will there be changes in the team?
The Chennai team will help the spinners and hence Team India will again go with three spinners but it is possible that Rohit may include Washington Sundar in the team by excluding Akshar Patel. However, it will not be surprising if the team comes out without any changes. It rained in Chennai on Tuesday and it is expected to be cloudy on Wednesday. In such a situation, if the mood of the pitch changes, then the team can also feed three fast bowlers.
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What will Australia do?
Australia, captained by Steve Smith, will not get a better chance to beat India at home. Team India is currently under pressure and if the Australian team shows the same kind of game they showed in the last two matches, then they can beat India. As far as changes in the team are concerned, it has to be seen whether David Warner returns or not. He was injured in the Delhi Test. Since then he is out. If Warner comes in the third match, Travis Head may have to go out.
Smith would like his bat to generate runs and Mitchell Marsh to maintain his form, as well as Mitchell Starc to take wickets by troubling the Indian batsmen in the same way as he did in the first two matches.
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both teams are
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Lokesh Rahul (wicketkeeper), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik, Shardul Thakur, Akshar Patel, Jaydev Unadkat.
Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa.
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