Men in Blue missed out on a record 10 straight ODI win on Thursday as Aussies hit back and registered their first victory in the series. Steve Smith and company somehow managed to defend the total of 334 runs successfully as the Indian top order collapsed and the middle order failed to capitalise on Kedhar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya’s brilliance. David Warner and Aaron Finch were at their lethal best as they started the proceedings in style for Australia. While Warner clinched a sensational century, Finch missed out on his by only six runs. After a consolation victory, Australia will play for pride whereas India despite having won the series will get down defending their number one spot in the ICC ODI rankings.
The two best teams in world Cricket right now will travel to the VCA stadium in Nagpur for the final showdown of their 5-match ODI series. Both the teams have had a share of positives and negatives in the series, with one learning how to maintain its legacy at home, the other analysing their losing run outside home. The Nagpur pitch has one of the longest boundaries and is a track favourable for wrist spinners, after resting Kuldeep in the last game, Virat can once again launch his weapon in Nagpur.
India: Virat Kohli rested his two key pacers from the winning combination in the 4th game and the lineup failed to restrict the Aussies as Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami looked out of sorts against Warner and Finch who were in no mood to spare. However, India could still go with the same two pacers to bring back the confidence. Axar Patel was picked ahead of Kuldeep and the move misfired. Considering the Nagpur pitch’s turn, the Chinaman can be a useful addition to the squad. In batting India has so far seen a relatively successful display with all the batsmen performing at least in a game each. KL Rahul is yet to play and his addition to the squad can only be a possible change in the Indian line up. If he makes the edge, Manish Pandey or Kedhar Jadhav would be ideal prospects to be sidelined.
Probable XI: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yazuvendra Chahal, Md Shami, Umesh Yadav
Australia: Glenn Maxwell was dropped following successively failed performances with the bat and Australia bagged their first win in the series. However their innings tumbled as the middle order collapsed yet again failing to pile up on Warner, Finch’s flamboyant attacking. Maxwell could have been handy there with his stroke playing exploits, Steve Smith will have a tough call to make whether Maxwell should come in for Travis Head who has been decent with his batting and has bowled well to contribute both ways in the squad.
Probable XI: Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, David Warner, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson
When does the match start?
The match starts at 1:30 PM IST and will be telecasted live both on TV and online.
How can I watch the match?
TV: Star Sports Network
Online: Hotstar.com, Hotstar mobile app
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Players to watch out for:
India: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav
Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Kane Richardson