India, Australia eye victorious end to intense tour

Match details

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
January 18, 2019; 07:50 IST
Live on SPN, streaming on SonyLiv

The main picture

The Virat Kohli-led India left for Australia on November 16, 2018, and two days and two months later, they have a chance to add further gloss to what has already been a historic, memorable tour. Their only real low point has been the 146-run defeat in the second Test, but even that didn’t matter a fortnight later, when they wrapped up India’s first Test series win on Australian soil. Their ability to bounce back from defeats and conceding series leads has been a big reason for the success they have enjoyed on their tour and why they have a chance to blank Australia in their own den.

Even in the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith, Australia, when they reflect, will feel they haven’t played to potential. But they have a chance to end what has been a disappointing series on a high at a venue which is diminishing as a stronghold.

Getting the balance right has been a challenge for both teams so far this ODI series. India will take great confidence from winning the second ODI, and the manner by which they achieved victory, to Melbourne. Australia need Aaron Finch to come good, while the home team’s bowling attack has, but for Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson, of the frontline bowlers, struggled for penetration.

MCG weather forecast and pitch report 

The MCG pitch is likely to be on the slower side, potentially not ideal for stroke play. You can expect spin to play a bigger role than in the first two ODIs.

The forecast says that Friday will be cloudy with the chance of a thunderstorm. The days prior to the match have had rain as well.

India vs Australia playing 11 for 3rd ODI

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/Billy Stanlake, 10 Nathan Lyon/Adam Zampa, 11 Jason Behrendorff

Probable India playing XI: 1 Virat Kohli (c), 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Shikhar Dhawan, 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Dinesh Karthik, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Khaleel Ahmed/Mohammad Siraj/Yuzvendra Chahal

Match prediction

The battle between India’s top three and Australia’s new-ball bowling pair of Behrendorff and Richardson could hold the key once again.

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