Australia vs India 2018-19: India's Predicted XI for the third ODI
The long and hard-fought tour winds down to its end. We are left with only one ODI to be played in this historic trip to Australia. The T20I series was shared 1-1 by both the nations while India celebrated its maiden Test series win in Australia by a margin of 2-1. With the ODI series squared 1-1; the showdown at the Melbourne Cricket Ground will decide who take the honors.
India arrived at the Adelaide Oval with a 34-run loss from Sydney. Another loss here would have ended the hopes of the series win. The hosts won the toss and chose to bat first. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami made early inroads and sent back the Australian openers within the first eight overs. Australia stitched partnerships together until the Indian pair struck back in the death overs. Bhuvi returned with four wickets while Shami ended up with three. Debutant Mohammad Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav were expensive and wicketless.
Shikhar Dhawan provided the typical fiery start but fell for only 32. Rohit Sharma showed signs of another big inning, but he too could not capitalize. Virat Kohli (104) took the mantle and steered India towards the target with his 39th ODI century. MS Dhoni with 55 not out and Dinesh Karthik with 25 not out from 14 balls, carried India home with four balls remaining.
The entourage now moves the grand venue of Melbourne. India’s last win at the Australian sporting capital against the home side was recorded in 2008. In the previous 14 encounters, Australia holds the upper hand with nine wins in their account. Another win here will complete India’s tour on a triumphant note. Let us look at India’s probable playing XI that is likely to take the field.
#1 Rohit Sharma
Centurion from the first ODI was off to a promising start at the Adelaide Oval as well, but Rohit was snared by Stoinis. He had scored 43 in 52 balls with two fours and two magnificent sixes. Rohit had struck his signature pick-up shots and looked set to take India across the line before he was caught by Handscomb.
The right-handed opener has an astounding record against Australia. In just 30 matches, he has scored seven ODI centuries and averages 68.05. He now has a chance to complete a series win with another century. Rohit is currently the leading run-getter for India in the mini-series.
#2 Shikhar Dhawan
The left-handed opener from Delhi did not feature in the Test series and was sent back in the first ODI on the first ball he faced. Dhawan raced off the mark at Adelaide and provided the star the is known for. Dhawan’s 32 from 28 balls studded with five boundaries gave India the quick start. It also allowed Rohit to settle down without taking any risks.
Shikhar is due for runs, and the son-in-law of Australia has the perfect opportunity to make it count.