India's Predicted XI for the second ODI against Australia
After a thumping win in the Test series, India lost their flair in the first game of the ODI series and lost the game by 34 runs. What was supposed to be a hard-fought game, turned out to be a one-sided affair. The Australian camp, boosted by the joining of their senior players in first ODI were on another level and conquered the visitors to win the game by a 34 run margin.
The Indians were first hit by the Aussie batters who posted 288 runs in their quota of 50 overs. At that stage, things still felt in India's favour considering their lineup. But the Indian's were stunned by the pace duo of Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson, as they lost their first three wickets in Shikhar Dhawan (0), Virat Kohli (3) and Ambati Rayudu (0) for just four runs.
After that, Rohit Sharma (133) along with MS Dhoni (51) built up a crucial 137 run partnership to bring some respite. But, Dhoni's wicket, just when things seemed like coming back India's way, re-opened the gates for the Aussies as they steamed through the Indian middle and lower order in no time and India eventually managed 254 for the loss of nine wickets.
With the second ODI coming up at the Adelaide Oval in a couple of days, India would like to level the honours to keep themselves alive in this short series. Though they will be happy with their performance in the test series, they know that one can't take the Australian team lightly especially after their performance in the first ODI of the three-match series.
So without much ado, let's take a look at India's predicted playing XI for the second One Day International against Australia.
#1 Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma's consistency in the recent past and ability to rack up the big scores put him well ahead of other openers in the world. The Indian opener has been in decent form since Asia Cup 2018 and proved to be the core of the team's batting line-up.
In the previous ODI series against the West Indies, he amassed 389 runs comprising two centuries and a fifty. In the 1st ODI against Australia, he played a magnificent knock of 133 off 128 balls. He will be crucial to India's chances in the upcoming fixtures and once again open for the side in the second ODI.
#2 Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan is likely to open the batting with Rohit. The opener has not been in the best of form in recent times and was out for a golden duck the opening fixture.
He might get a second chance in the next game due to a lack of available options. Despite getting a go-ahead for the upcoming fixture, the batsman must utilize this opportunity as a golden chance and solidify his stance, else he might be asked to make way for other aspirants in upcoming fixtures.
#3 Virat Kohli (Skipper)
The Indian Skipper faced a rare failure of his career and was stunned by Richardson. Kohli misjudged his delivery and clipped one straight to Stoinis at short square leg to depart for 3. Despite this one may not underestimate his capabilities and can see him come out thrashing in the next game.