India aim to get back to winning ways

Plot:
Australia broke their lengthy losing streak away from home, with a formidable victory in the fourth ODI. They had lost the series, but all the departments of their game fell in place. India were almost winning the 4th ODI as well, at a point, but Australia’s never-say-die attitude helped them come back hard to win the game and end their negative streak. Australia posted a strong total on the board and India were right on track, to chase it down. A beautiful bowling display in the death overs made sure the Aussies stopped India’s winning juggernaut.

The visitors will look to do the same in the fifth and final ODI to carry the momentum into the T20I series. India, on the other hand, will look to come back strongly and get back to winning ways. The batting clicked for the Aussies, but a bulk of the scoring was done by their top order. The middle order though, didn’t perform the way they would have liked. They need to sort it out before India run through their batting line-up.

The hosts were without the services of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the last ODI and Australia found it rather easy to score in the death overs off Umesh Yadav & Mohammed Shami’s bowling, both of who were making comebacks into the playing eleven. India face a similar issue, with a lot of the scoring done at the top. Hardik Pandya couldn’t convert his start, and the lower middle order failed to keep up with the required rate in the chase. Will India go in with KL Rahul or will Manish Pandey be used at number 4? India can afford experimenting in the dead-rubber on Sunday.

Australia had dropped Glenn Maxwell in the last game and the all-rounder might return. James Faulkner might be given a go in this final ODI, while Nathan Coulter-Nile might be given a much-needed rest. For Team India, Virat Kohli mentioned, he wants to keep testing his back-up. The duo of Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will look to fire on all cylinders to make things difficult for the visitors. Who will end the series on a high? Will Team India finish it with 4-1? Or, will the Aussies continue with their momentum and end it on 2-3? If India win the final ODI, they will go back to the number one spot in the ICC ODI rankings.

Stage:

Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur
India have played two ODIs against Australia at this venue and have won both the games. The most recent one was when they chased down Australia’s 350 with ease in 2013. It promises to be another high-scoring game as the wicket is usually a belter. Don’t be surprised if bowlers feel like hiding in some corner of this decently sized ground.

Acts:

Rohit Sharma vs Pat Cummins
Rohit Sharma has been in solid form and has used Pat Cummins’ pace really well to score his shots. He has hit some big sixes with some calculative strokes. Cummins will look to keep the opener silent and stop him from giving India another fine start.

Virat Kohli vs Nathan Coulter-Nile
The Indian skipper has found it difficult against the skillful Aussie pacer, Coulter-Nile. Kohli hasn’t seemed out of form in this series, and got out once in the nineties. It is rare for him to complete a series without a century these days. Coulter-Nile will look to ensure that he doesn’t get to triple figures in the final ODI.

Hardik Pandya vs Adam Zampa:
Hardik has targeted the Australian spinners in the series successfully. Zampa won the battle in the last game but he did concede some boundaries before getting the prized scalp. The Indian all-rounder will try to target the leggie once again and it promises to be another exciting battle between these two.


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