India possesses an in-form top order having two of the world’s best batsmen in limited overs cricket in their top 3, if either of them gets going it is very tough to stop them and that is going to be one of the major worries for Australia. To add to it, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni have shown on multiple occasions that if needed they can take the team to safety.
In the bowling department, Bumrah and Shami were impeccable in the first match and were ably backed by the spinners as well. India’s bowling attack has to be one of the most balanced attacks in the world right now.
The batting has shown signs of some fragility in recent times. Shikhar Dhawan has not necessarily shone with the bat in the last two outings and with Hardik Pandya missing the firepower at the death could still be a cause for worry.
Even in the bowling department, Pandya’s absence does hamper the balance to an extent because Vijay has not made as much of an impact as a Pandya does.
Player to watch out for..
After looking at the way KL Rahul was able to apply himself in T20Is, eyes would be on Shikhar Dhawan to see how he performs. Even though it looks highly unlikely that the team would tinker with the opening combination for the world cup but just as an assurance they would prefer Shikhar having some runs under his belt before the World Cup.
India ODI Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja
It has to be the firepower in batting. Finch can win them a match on his own. So can a Stoinis or a Maxwell if they get going. The team is full of stroke players who have the ability to make a huge impact on the game as seen during the T20s as well.
In Zampa they have a very potent bowling option that not only restricts runs but is also able to purchase wickets. Cummins also lends a semblance of stability to the bowling during the start and the middle overs.
It has to be their approach to batting. Their batting has lacked serious application with Batsmen not putting a price on their wicket and going on to score big. Khwaja threw his wicket after scoring a well made 50 which really put the brakes during the middle overs.
Another aspect has to be the team selection because it is very hard to understand how Alex Carey keeps playing while the Star Batsman of the Big Bash Mathew Wade can’t get a look in.
Player to watch out for…
It has to be the one and only Glenn Maxwell. He’s been in the form of his life during the Big Bash and in the T20Is. He showed admirable application as well during the first game. If he gets going then without a doubt Australia would post a huge total.
Australia ODI Squad: Aaron Finch (captain), D’Arcy Short, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Andrew Tye, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon
The match is taking place at Nagpur which offers one of the better batting tracks in the country but it’s hard to look beyond India at the moment.
India Vs Australia 2nd ODI Prediction: India to win @ 1.50 at Pinnacle Sports