January 15, Tuesday; 08:50 IST
Live on SPN, streaming on SonyLiv
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The result of the first ODI doesn’t alter the standing of the two teams at the moment: Australia are looking to rediscover themselves after a couple of ordinary years as an ODI team, while India, who are the more settled team, must resolve their batting order from Nos. 4 to 6 and get the balance of their bowling attack right. This is likely to remain an exercise for both teams leading up to the World Cup.
Australia’s performance in the first ODI was one of great efficiency and is one they will look to replicate going forward, though the personnel are very different from those who are likely to make the World Cup squad. With Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis slotted at No. 6 or 7, their batting, which is the discipline in focus for them, has more depth to it. Australia need Aaron Finch to regain confidence and sort out the issue he has with the ball nipping back into him.
Jhye Richardson, with his whippy action and ability to move the new ball, and Jason Behrendorff, with his ability to hit the pad often despite being a tall fast bowler, pose a massive threat at the start of the innings. And against a team like India, who are quite top heavy with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, taking early wickets can really lay the foundation for the win. Winning the first ODI was in a way a proof of Australia getting the balance of their XI right, even with the players who have been named in the squad for these three ODIs.
Speaking after the first ODI, Kohli said, “We’re not too stressed about results. I think days like these make you aware of things you have to work on as a team,” indicating that India’s focus is predominantly on getting the team combination right and identifying the right batsman for every position.
Australia winning the first ODI has set up the series beautifully, with India, the better team, now having to play their best cricket to attain parity, potentially making for great viewing from the fans’ perspective.
Adelaide Oval pitch report and weather forecast
The Adelaide Oval pitch is expected to be good for batting. Being a drop-in pitch, it’s expected to offer a bit more pace and bounce than the relatively drier, slower surface at Sydney Cricket Ground.
The forecast says that January 15 (Tuesday) will be clear and sunny, with a high of 39 degree Celsius.
Probable India vs Australia playing 11 for 2nd ODI
Adam Zampa missed the first ODI due to stiffness, but if he is fit, he might come in for Nathan Lyon.
Probable Australia playing XI: 1 Aaron Finch (c), 2 Usman Khawaja, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Peter Handscomb, 7 Alex Carey (wk), 8 Jhye Richardson, 9 Peter Siddle, 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Jason Behrendorff
India might bring in Kedar Jadhav for Dinesh Karthik, while the rest of the line-up picks itself.
Probable India playing XI: 1 Virat Kohli (c), 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Shikhar Dhawan, 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Khaleel Ahmed
The battle between India’s top three batsmen and Australia’s opening bowlers could hold the key once again.