Sydney: The bowlers of Team India, who were struggling to find the rhythm in the first match, will have to perform well in the second ODI on Sunday to save the series against Australia, while improving their mistakes without losing time.
India lost by 66 runs in the first ODI match played in Sydney. The way Australia took advantage of Team India’s weaknesses is a matter of concern for captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri.
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Hardik Pandya scored 90 runs in 76 balls but like the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, the match cannot be won by just one brilliant innings. Pandya himself has confessed that he is not in a condition to bowl right now and will not be able to bowl before the T20 World Cup. With this, Kohli has bowlers who cannot bat and no top order batsman can bowl.
On the other hand, Australia captain Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and David Warner are in excellent form, which Jasprit Bumrah and the rest of the bowlers did not prove to be effective. There is also no possibility of any change in the bowling combination of the Indian team unless both Yuzvendra Chahal and Navdeep Saini are declared unfit.
Chahal and Saini both conceded 172 runs in 20 overs. Chahal left the field after completing his spell due to injury. At the same time, Saini’s waist has been stretched. T Natarajan has been kept in the team as his cover. When he is out, Shardul Thakur can be replaced in place of Saini and Kuldeep Yadav can be replaced in Chahal.
In the Australian team, rising star Cameron Green may get a chance as Marcus Stoinis was hampered in the first match. Finch and Smith both indicated that Green could make his ODI debut.
Some of the top order batsmen of Team India lost their wickets by playing irresponsible shots, especially the shot by Shreyas Iyer off Josh Hazlewood, it was unnecessary. Mayank Agarwal is also not able to withstand the extra bounce. Captain Virat Kohli has his eyes on the Australian team, media and cricket fans and he too would like to play a big innings.
Kohli said after the first match, ‘We talked about batting after the match. We came down with positive thinking and everyone tried to play in the same way. Lack of a sixth bowler has put a lot of pressure on Bumrah, who does not even appear in his familiar form in ODI cricket. He could not repeat the great form of IPL in the first ODI.
India’s probable playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, T Natarajan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jaspreet Bumrah.
India’s entire team: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.
Australia’s possible playing XI: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschen, Cameron Green, Alex Carrie (wicketkeeper), Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Jampa
Australia’s entire team: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschen, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carrey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Jampa, Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott, Ashton Egger, Cameron Green, Moises Henriques, Andrew Tye , Daniel Symes, Matthew Wade.
Match Start Time: Indian time 9:10 AM
field: Sydney Cricket Ground, New South Wales