India will look to consolidate the lead in the second of the five-ODI match series at Nagpur on Tuesday after winning the first ODI by 6-wickets against Australia at Hyderabad. With only four ODIs remaining before the World Cup, the hosts will look to finalise the “two available spots” in an otherwise settled squad for the all-important tournament.
After losing out to Australia by 0-2 in T20I series, India bounced back in the first ODI by imposing a six-wicket win over Australia. For both the teams, winning the series is as important as finalising the best combination of players for the ICC World Cup taking place in England and Wales.
In the first ODI against Australia, the hosts were tottering a bit after the dismissal of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, skipper Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu under 100. But Dhoni and Jadhav rescued India while staying till the end to carry India past home.
KL Rahul who batted well in the T20Is along with youngster Rishabh Pant can be included in the team, in place of Dhawan and Vijay Shankar.
Among the bowlers, Gujarat-based pacer Mohammed Shami made a strong comeback by displaying well-disciplined bowling. Jasprit Bumrah was uncharacteristically expensive and the paceman would like to get back on the track. Among spinners, Kuldeep Yadav was very effective in the middle orders and successfully took 2-wickets whereas Ravindra Jadeja who remained wicketless might get subbed by Yuzvendra Chahal for the second ODI against Australia at Nagpur.
Australian batsmen like Glen Maxwell (40), Marcus Stoinis (37) and Usman Khawaja (50) started off well but failed to take the team to a bigger total. Skipper Aaron Finch continued his miserable form as he was dismissed by Bumrah without even scoring a run. Aussies batting first set a target of 237 runs which was not at all sufficient to win the game against the strong batting line-up of India.
While defending the low-scoring total, Australian bowlers started off well by maintaining pressure over the India batsmen and took 4 early wickets at a total of 99 runs but the unbeaten innings by MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav took the match away from the Aussies’ hands.
On the bowling front, leg-spinner Adam Zampa troubled the Indian batsmen and will be the key for the visitors. Australia could try Andrew Tye, who regularly plays in the IPL, ahead of Jason Behrendoff.
Nagpur is traditionally a high scoring venue and it is expected to be a pleasant day in Nagpur with temperatures hovering around the 32-degree mark, dew may be a factor in the evening because of the heat in the afternoon. The average first innings total at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur is 261 runs while the highest successful chase was of 351 runs by India against Australia.
India (From): Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja
Australia (From): Aaron Finch (c), D’Arcy Short, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Andrew Tye, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon