Australian Batting line-up has struggled to leave an impact against the stern Indian bowling attack which has kept them on toes so far in the ongoing 5-match ODI series. The visitors have lost 3 straight ODIs gifting the series to Virat Kohli and his men. Except for the 3rd ODI, where a flamboyant Aaron Finch had scored a phenomenal ton, perfectly tackling the Indians, there were no other eye-catching performances which justify the fact that Australia did put up a fight.
India meanwhile is on a victory run of 9 straight matches, placed on top of the ICC ODI rankings table. All-rounder Hardik Pandya has been the biggest revelation for India along-side Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav who has time and again trapped the Aussies with his wrist and variations. This ODI series against India has been one of the toughest Australia has been through in recent times. In the three matches, there has been a lone fighter for the visitors, their skipper Steve Smith who has led from the front, although not in a winning cause yet. Glen Maxwell, Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis none of the three has played an innings they can take away from India up till now.
Lack of experience in this fresh Australian side has been left exposed by Indians; Kohli hasn’t left a void in exploiting that lag. He has rotated both his batsmen and bowlers in a compact way to shut the Aussies both ways round. MS Dhoni is India’s knight in the dark, the one who guides from behind. No one out of those 23 men on the field can read the game as good as that man standing behind the wickets in blue. From guiding his bowlers to his captain and his partner on the pitch, he has perfected the art of all sort of cricket.
When the two teams will come out at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, one man will be home and he has a destructive record there. The man who captains Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Virat Kohli would lead his men at his IPL home, aiming a whitewash against the visitors. He knows the ground, the ground knows him. While Australia plays to save their honour India would want a perfect series win with favourable momentum to take into the Test series. Here is your hipster guide to the 4th ODI between the number 1 and Number 2 ODI cricket teams of the world.
With the series already in pocket, India would like to field some new men in their squad and test them against a competitive bowling line-up. Changes are expected from Aussies too; however, they can stick to their rather stable squad from the previous ODI without making any experiments.
India: Virat Kohli(c), MS Dhoni(wk), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar kumar.
Australia: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Nathan-Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson
Players to watch out for:
India- Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma
Australia- Steve Smith, David Waner, Nathan-Coulter-Nile, Travis Head
When is the match, and what time will it start?
Date: The match is on Thursday, September 28.
Time: The match will start at 1:30 PM IST
Where can I watch the match?
TV: The match will be live on Star Sports network in India
Online: The match can be live streamed online on Hotstar.com and Hotstar mobile app
Where to follow the match?
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