IND vs AUS: After the unilateral defeat in the first two matches, the Indian team is almost certain to change the bowling attack in the third and final ODI against Australia here on Wednesday to avoid a clean sweep in the second consecutive series
If Australia manages to win 3–0, then India’s sweep will be clear in the second consecutive series as New Zealand defeated them earlier this year. A lot of runs were scored in the first two matches, in which Australia dominated the win against Virat Kohli’s team and if Team India wins at Manuka Oval, then their confidence will increase before the T20 series.
Captain Kohli has already admitted that Australia ‘completely beat him’ in the first two matches and hopes that India will make some changes in the quest for victory. For the first time, India’s fastest bowler Navdeep Saini, who has visited Australia, has so far failed to bowl with the exact line and length and the batsmen of the host team have scored easily against them.
After Saini plundered 70 runs in seven overs, Kohli had to complete his spell with bowlers like Hardik Pandya and Mayank Agarwal. Pandya is not fully fit to bowl while Agarwal does not usually bowl. It will not be surprising if Shardul Thakur or left-arm fast bowler T Natarajan get a chance in the third and final ODI.
Shardul has experience of 27 international matches while Natarajan specializes in throwing yorkers. If Kohli decides to give rest to both Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami before the Test series, both Shardul and Natarajan can get a chance to play.
In the current series, the Indian bowlers are not in rhythm at all and they have 69 fours and 19 sixes in the first two matches against them. Kohli said that the T20 format could not be an excuse to get into ODIs as the main players of the team have been the same for a long time.
The biggest headache for bowlers is Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith, who scored a century in 62 balls in two consecutive matches. Glenn Maxwell, who failed in the Indian Premier League, has also made a difference with his stormy batting, which has helped Australia’s team score quick runs in the final overs.
His innings become important in view of India’s 66 and 51 runs defeat. The Indian captain has also faced criticism due to the rotation of his bowlers during the match. Former Indian cricketers like Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra criticized the main bowler Bumrah for giving him only two overs in the first spell.
If the fast bowlers have failed, then the failure of the spinners has added to India’s trouble. Yuzvendra Chahal was the most expensive bowler in the first two matches. He conceded 160 runs in 19 overs and was able to take just one wicket. Ravindra Jadeja put some control on the run pace but could not get a single wicket due to not giving much priority to the ball.
Talking about batting, Kohli and Lokesh Rahul looked in good rhythm in the second match but Rahul failed to rotate the strike during the second power play which is a matter of concern. However, the Indian batsmen have been successful in doing well in both the matches and if the bowlers perform a little better, the visiting team could have a chance.
Teams: India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur and T. Natarajan.
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Darcy Short, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschen, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Adam Jampa, Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott, Ashton Egger, Cameron Green, Moises Henriques, Andrew Tye, Daniel Samms and Matthew Wade.