4th ODI Cricket Preview – India v Australia
Thursday September 28, 6pm AEST – M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
|Top Batsman India||Rohit Sharma ($4.00)|
|Top Batsman Australia||Glenn Maxwell ($7.00)|
|Top Bowler India||Yuzvendra Chahal ($4.40)|
|Top Bowler Australia||Kane Richardson ($5.00)|
The series is done and dusted with only the three matches played and Australia is in serious danger of being blanked out by India. An improved performance with the bat was not enough for the Aussies against an Indian team that seems to be hungry to continue its winning streak. Is there some respite in store for Australia as the series heads to Bangalore?
With 9 wins on the trot, this Indian side looks a very difficult one to beat. There were plenty of times when a side with less resolve could have let up but full credit to the Indians that they came out of every situation with a solid performance. The Wolf still believes that the difference between the two sides is not that big but familiarity with the conditions is playing a major factor here.
The Indian batting looked in good touch in the last match as Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Hardik Pandya batted with ease to make a tricky chase look routine. Virat Kohli got in and got out, something not associated with him while chasing, but that allow Manish Pandey to get some time in the middle and make some runs.
Only Kedar Jadhav with 66 runs to his name at an average of 22 seems to be struggling to cement his place in the Indian side.
The Wolf expects no change in the side even though India has won this series. All the bowlers have been in the wickets and Kuldeep Yadav is currently leading the tally with 7 to his name. Yuzvendra Chahal has 6 wickets to his name and been very effective at stopping Glenn Maxwell from getting away.
Chahal plays for the Bangalore franchise in the IPL and has tasted a lot of success at this ground. He is the Wolf’s pick to be the top Indian bowler in this match.
An Ashes summer awaits Australia after this series and even though this ODI series will be forgotten soon after it has been completed, the players themselves would like to finish the tour on a high. Steve Smith and Aaron Finch have spoken about the need to play the big moments well, something that the Aussies have always done in the past.
A 5-0 loss is not the ideal way to get in the right frame of mind to face a strong English side ahead of the Ashes.
One of the main reasons why Australia has struggled in this series is the lack of form that David Warner has shown. He has 68 runs from the three matches so far at a strike rate of 83.95. That is a terrible return for one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket.
Aaron Finch, on the other hand, marked his return to the side with a brilliant century and will be looking to continue his good form. If both of these players can get a start then the match could turn Australia’s way very quickly.
For this match, though, the Wolf is backing Glenn Maxwell to be the top batsman from Australia. He currently has 58 runs with 6 sixes and looked very dangerous before throwing away his wicket. The ground at Bangalore is small and at an elevation allowing for plenty of big hits. Maxwell could be well worth the risk here.
Among the bowlers, Ashton Agar has been ruled out and Adam Zampa will make a return to the side. That could be a good thing for Australia since Steve Smith will be forced to attack a bit more when Zampa is on.
Coulter-Nile with 7 wickets to his name is the joint leading wicket-taker of the series and could enjoy the bounce at Bangalore. The Wolf though is backing Kane Richardson as the top bowler for Australia because of his Yorker bowling ability and an effective changeup delivery.
Pitch and Conditions
Bangalore used to be the best batting wicket in the country before getting relaid. It has since started to take a lot of spin but some time to settle down could have helped it regain its old character. We think a flat batting with good bounce and carry should be in store. Expect plenty of runs.
The Indian juggernaut just does not look like stopping, so back India to win.