Aussies are all set to win series decider, 3rd ODI to be held at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on 22nd March from 1:30pm onwards and triumph ODI series against host in India. The Australia tour of India has been a roller-coaster ride for either of the teams.
In the 1st ODI, India’s bowling duo blew top order of Australia scalping 6 batsmen in total and stopping visitors within 200 on the batting pitch. The performance of India’s innings was no different than that of Aussies and at one time, match seemed to be in favor of Kangaroos but heroic partnership of KL-assic Rahul & Sir Jadeja enabled India all the way to cross the finishing line.
India won 1st ODI by 5 wickets.
In 2nd ODI, Kangaroos won the toss & invited host to bat first. Despite batting first on batting pitch, India could not perform as per the expectation and collapsed like a house of cards against Starc’s inswings helping him in bagging his fifer. This time India found itself on the other end of the table in comparison to 1st ODI. India scored mere 117 giving Aussies all the chances to level the series.
Flamboyant batting from Aussies’ openers, Marsh (66* off 36 balls) & Head (51* off 30 balls) finished the 50 overs match within 11 overs & handed India the biggest loss in terms of balls remaining.
Australia avenged the loss of 1st ODI and won 2nd one by 10 wickets.
In the Series decider, 3rd ODI, both teams have fasten their seat belts to win ODI series. It’ll be interesting to see whether SKY who scored back-to-back golden ducks gets replaced or still remains integral part of playing XI.
Wicketkeeper – KL Rahul
Batsmen – M Marsh (vc), T Head, V Kohli, S Smith
Allrounders – R Jadeja (c), M Stoinis, H Pandya
Bowlers – M Starc, Md. Shami, Md. Siraj
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Md. Siraj, Md. Shami
Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
In 1st Innings, average batting score on this stadium is 230 while the pitch becomes bit difficult to bat and supports bowlers in 2nd innings leading to 210 as the average batting total.
Out of 31 ODIs at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, teams batting in 1st innings got 15 matches in their favor and same has been won by teams batting in 2nd innings.
With the likes of Marsh, Head, Smith, Stoinis, it’ll be exciting for Aussies to see what’s the total score to defend or put on scoreboard against host?
Highest score chased here is 291/2 by WI v IND in 47.5 overs.
Lowes score defended on this pitch is 171 by ENG v RSA.