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India vs Australia Match 3 preview: Hosts eye series win in Indore

24 September 2017

A docile pitch to deal with, Indian bowlers hardly troubled the Australians as wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav (2/75) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/54) largely remained ineffective.

Finch missed the first two games with a calf complaint as Australia slumped to 2-0 down in the five-match series making victory in Indore crucial to their hopes of winning the series.

After reaching his landmark, Finch launched two further sixes off Kuldeep Yadav as India struggled to contain the flow of runs.

On the other hand, changes Australia will adopt for the third ODI are still unclear, as they have picked their best playing eleven for the first two games.

India are now playing some wonderful cricket, and Men in Blue captain Virat Kohli deserves special credit for leading his team from the front. Aaron Finch return is a big boost to the Australian batting line-up, which is dependent on Captain Steve Smith and David Warner.

Finch replaced makeshift opener Hilton Cartwright who was bowled for one in the first two matches of the series. The pace attack of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson has been the only positive for them so far in the series. Steven Smith will be demonstrating his skill at the India vs Australia match today.

IST: On the other hand, India are now on an eight-match winning run, and hold an upper hand at Indore, where the men-in-blue have a 100 percent winning record (won all four of their matches so far). The captain who wins the toss will not have any hesitation to bat first, and they will be trying to put up a decent total on the board.

The scores of the match are like following, 35, 5, 8, 2, 9 and 2.

The fourth ODI will be played in Bangalore on Thursday.

IST: On a 10-match overseas losing streak, the Steve Smith-led side will have their task cut out and face a must-win situation to have a chance at the trophy.

The hosts have their bowling combination working superbly for them.

The teams: India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (capt), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Australia's plight could easily be gauged from the fact that eight of their batsmen could not touch double-digit scores in Chennai, while only four of them could score more than 10 runs in Kolkata.

India vs Australia Match 3 preview: Hosts eye series win in Indore