Confident India target straight 10

Plot:
The problems for Australia seem never-ending at the moment. In none of the three games, could Australia’s batting and bowling complement each other to apply pressure on the hosts. India, on the other hand have already clinched the series and are ranked the number one ODI side in the world.

The 4th ODI to be played at Bengaluru will be David Warner’s 100th ODI. He will be the 28th Australian to get to this landmark and the second in this series, after captain, Steven Smith. These two senior playerswill have to lead from the front if they are to compete against the rampant Indian side. The rise of Hardik Pandya to the occasion is a welcome thing. He has scored runs and picked up wickets as well, which bodes well for the team. He continues his dream year! He is the only player in 2017 to score 400 ODI runs and take 20-plus wickets. He has also scored 181 runs in this series and taken 5 wickets, none of the Indian players ever managed to score 150-plus runs and claim more than 5 wickets in a series against Australia, in the past.

Ajinkya Rahane has been a brilliant replacement for Shikhar Dhawan at the top, and along with Rohit Sharma, the duo has laid a solid foundation while opening the innings. The spin pairing of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has been hard to read for the visitors. Add to that, the Indian pacers are on song too. All these factors make the home side a force to reckon with, and the visitors just don't seem to have an answer to the challenges that are posed in front of them.

India are on their longest winning streak in ODIs, having won all their 9 previous encounters. It simply shows the dominating performance of the hosts in this format. Australia will probably have another tough outing in this game, but India might try out a few players who didn’t play any part in the series so far. A rain-affected game cannot be ruled out, as there is a forecast of showers in Bengaluru. Can the Aussies turn it around in a bid to avoid the whitewash?

Stage:

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
The Garden City will host the 4th ODI of the series. Australia haven’t really enjoyed a great deal of success at the M. Chinnaswamy. They have lost 4 out of the 8 ODIs they have played here. They lost the Test earlier this year, at this venue as well. India, on the other hand, have a win percentage of almost 70 here.

Acts:

Hardik Pandya vs Kane Richardson:
Hardik has been sensational in this series so far. He has played mature knocks and has been a dangerous player. Richardson, who usually goes for runs would look to get his act together soon, and send the dangerous batsman back to the hut soon.

Rohit Sharma vs Nathan Coulter-Nile:
The opener was at his best in the last ODI and was dealing in boundaries, both fours and sixes. Coulter-Nile has had a good series so far, and will target Rohit early in the innings. It should be an exciting battle between the two players. It’s the same venue where Rohit Sharma scored his first double ton, against the same opposition.

Virat Kohli vs Pat Cummins:
The skipper knows the Bangalore wicket probably more than anyone else. Pat Cummins’ pace might trouble him but the ball travels at the same pace to the boundary rope at this venue. Who will win the battle between Kohli and Cummins? It remains to be seen.


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