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The third and final match of the ODI series against Australia will be played in Canberra on Wednesday. When India land on the Manuka Oval ground, then it will be a challenge to register their first win on the Australia tour. With this, the team would like to avoid a second consecutive clean sweep on foreign soil. Earlier, in January – February, India was beaten 3–0 by the Kiwi team on the New Zealand tour.
Talking about the Canberra ground, Australia have won all their four matches played here. At the same time, India has played a total of 2 matches on this ground so far and has suffered defeat in both. In this series, Indian bowlers have been seen struggling. In such a situation, if India has to win, then the bowlers will have to get in rhythm.
Australian batsmen dominated the series
The Australian batsmen have completely dominated the Indian bowlers in the series. Steve Smith scored a century in both the previous ODIs. At the same time, captain Aaron Finch scored a century in the first ODI and fifty in the second match. David Warner, who was ruled out of the series due to an injury, also felt fit in both the matches. Apart from Smith-Finch, Marnus Labushane and Glenn Maxwell are also in good form.
Talking about the Indian batsmen, they got a start, but they could not convert it into a big score. Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya put up a fifty in the first ODI, but could not win the team. After this, in the second ODI, captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Lokesh Rahul put a fifty, but could not make a big score. In such a situation, the Indian batsmen will have to win the team by scoring a big score in the third ODI.
Indian bowlers did not appear in rhythm
The bowling of the team has been the biggest reason for India’s defeat. Indian bowlers are unable to take wickets in the initial over. Not only this, Indian bowlers are scoring runs. Veteran bowlers like Mohammad Shami-Jaspreet Bumrah have also failed to stop runs. In such a situation, if the team has to win, the bowlers will have to take responsibility and take the wickets of the Kangaroo team.
Warner-Cummins’ absence is a chance for India
Warner is not part of the team due to injury. At the same time, Pat Cummins has been given rest in view of the preparation for the Test series. In such a situation, due to the absence of these two giants, India will have a good chance. Indian bowlers can overcome the drought of the wickets that have been playing during the power-play from the last 5 matches and the Indian batsmen can attack Australia in the absence of Cummins.
Kohli has a chance to make another record
Even though India has lost this series, but in the third ODI, Kohli will have another chance to record his name. If Kohli manages to score a century in this match, he will become the player to score the most century as captain. Currently, Kohli and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting have 41-41 centuries.
Australia has already won the series by winning both the opening matches. A total of 13 ODI series have been played between India and Australia, including this series. In this, Australia has won 7 and India 6 series. Australia played 3 bilateral ODI series against India at home, winning two and losing one.
Weather and Pitch Report
Skies will be clear as usual in Canberra. Cloudy can occur in between. The maximum temperature is likely to be 26 degrees and the minimum temperature is 12 degrees Celsius. The pitch can help the batsmen. The success rate of the team batting first in the last 9 ODIs played here is 77.77%.
Head to head
So far 142 ODIs have been played between India and Australia. In this, Team India won 52 matches and lost 80, while 10 matches were inconclusive. The Indian team played 53 ODIs against Australia at its home, out of which 13 have been won and 38 have been lost. 2 ODIs remain inconclusive.
Indian ODI Team
Batsman: Virat Kohli (captain), Shubman Gill, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Mayank Agarwal and Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper).
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja.
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan.
Australian ODI Team
Batsman: Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Steve Smith, D’Arki Short, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper).
All-rounder: Marnus Labushane, Moises Heinrich, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Symes, Marcus Stoinis and Cameron Green.
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott, Ashton Egger, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye and Adam Jampa.