India, Australia start on equal footing in series decider

Match details
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
January 19, Sunday; 13:30 IST

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The second ODI wasn’t the nail-biter that it was shaping to be at the 30-over-mark of the Australia innings, but India’s 36-run win leaves us with a series-deciding third ODI, which promises to be another fascinating contest.

Going into the Bengaluru ODI, India have the benefit of extra bowling options in their squad should they look to bolster their bowling attack. The smaller boundary at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium poses an inherent challenge for the bowlers to contain batsmen, and in favourable batting conditions, it is the bowling that can make the difference to the end result.

India captain Virat Kohli, much like his counterpart Aaron Finch, will prefer chasing should he win the toss, and it remains to be seen if the home team pick Kedar Jadhav or Shivam Dube not just for their batting ability but also because they can chip in with a few overs. We don’t yet know if Rishabh Pant will be available to play after suffering concussion while batting in the Mumbai ODI. He has been undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and not been ruled out of the third ODI.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan suffered shoulder and rib injuries respectively during the Rajkot ODI. Dhawan didn’t come out to field after his knock of 96, while Rohit injured his left shoulder when diving to save a four. On Rohit’s injury, Kohli said he hadn’t suffered a tear and was hopeful of him playing in Bengaluru.

Australia have none of India’s injury worries, but they are a little short on options within their 14-man squad. Josh Hazlewood is the only bowling option outside of the quintet who have played the first two ODIs. Australia could look to bring in the New South Wales seamer for left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, who struggled to contain the Indian batsmen in Rajkot and might not be effective at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

In Mumbai, it was Australia’s bowling that set up the victory; in Rajkot, it was India’s batting that helped level the series. In Bengaluru, it’s possible that the team who bowl better could clinch the series.

Bangalore Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch report and weather forecast

The last ODI to be played at the venue was also between Australia and India, in September 2017. That, too, was a high-scoring match with both teams scoring in excess of 300 and Australia successfully defending 334. The Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch has offered less pace and carry in recent years, though with the batsmen from both teams in prime form, a fast outfield providing value for shots and the short boundaries, expect another high-scoring contest.

The weather forecast says that Sunday will be clear with a maximum of 29 degree Celsius.

India vs Australia 3rd ODI playing 11

Possible India playing 11: 1 Virat Kohli (c), 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Shikhar Dhawan, 4 KL Rahul (wk), 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Manish Pandey/Shivam Dube/Kedar Jadhav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Navdeep Saini, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav

Possible Australia playing 11: 1 Aaron Finch (c), 2 David Warner, 3 Marnus Labuschagne, 4 Steve Smith, 5 Ashton Turner, 6 Alex Carey (wk), 7 Josh Hazlewood, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Kane Richardson, 11 Adam Zampa

India vs Australia 3rd ODI telecast channel

The third One-Day International between India and Australia will be telecast on the Star Sports network and streamed live on Hotstar. The match can also be viewed on DD National.

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