The second ODI between India and Australia will take place at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur which is a high-scoring venue. India will look to finalise the two available spots ahead of the ICC World Cup.
Batting first, Australia placed a target of 236 runs which seemed to be a difficult task for India as the hosts lost 4-wickets at a total of 99 runs. But the 141-run partnership between MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav for the fifth wicket seized the match in India’s favour.
Shikhar Dhawan is unable to contribute much with the bat in his last six matches and might get replaced by KL Rahul who displayed a good batting performance during the two T20Is. Rishabh Pant is also expected to replace Vijay Shankar for the second ODI against Australia. Ambati Rayudu is also struggling in his way to scoring runs and could get replaced if he continues to bat like that.
The bowling unit of team India did well to restrict the Aussies to a modest score in the first ODI. Mohammed Shami stepped in to produce a fine show and took two crucial wickets. Chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav also continued his good run by pressurising the Australian batsmen in the middle overs and succeeded in taking two wickets as well.
India fast bowling sensation, Jasprit Bumrah looked less effective in the first ODI but he is expected to bounce back in the second ODI against Aussies.
India probable playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan/K L Rahul, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar/Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia, on the other hand, would look to sharpen their batting skills. For their coach Justin Langer, out-of-form skipper Aaron Finch would be a definite concern. Finch who had scores of 0 and 8 in the T20 series continued his bad run in the first ODI.
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.
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.
Austalia probable playing XI: Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff/Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa