India eye unassailable lead

Plot:

Hot on their winning spree, Team India appear simply unstoppable. Dangerous throughout the Sri Lankan tour, the Men in Blue are too hot to handle for the Aussies as well. The newly-ranked number one ODI side in the world has been causing way several problems for the 5-time World Champions. India already have two match in hand so Australia will need to come back in this third ODI or allow India to clinch the series.

The conundrum for the No. 4 spot continues for India, with several batsmen vying for the position. Manish Pandey’s form would be another cause for concern as he has been given the role to bat at No. 4 and failed on both occasions so far. The hosts' spinners have come to the party in the series with Kuldeep Yadav being the latest entrant in the 'hat-trick club' in the ODIs.

The visitors came to the series with great hopes but somehow, have been a shadow of their past self. Australia's batting has crumbled in both the matches, which was not expected from them. Apart from Steven Smith, Travis Head and Marcus Stoinis, none of the batsmen looked like to pose an acute problem to the opposition bowlers. The Aussies would be mindful of this as they play their first game at this venue.

The weather shows no forecast of rain but the Australians would hope that it rains runs from the blades of their batsmen when they step out on the field. Team India will eye nothing less than a repeat of their past few games.

Can the Aussies come back hard to keep the series alive? They need to sort out their batting as there have been far too many collapses and sort out their never-ending struggle against spin. High on confidence, India will ask for nothing less than a 3-0 victory in the third ODI in Indore.

Stage:

The Holkar Stadium will host the third ODI between India and Australia. India have never lost any ODIs at this venue and have won all their previous four encounters. This will be the first ODI that Australia will be playing at this venue.

Acts:

Steven Smith vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar:

The Indian swing bowler has done a good job in the series so far as he is able to swing it both ways. He would look to keep the Australian keeper quiet.

Nathan Coulter-Nile vs Rohit Sharma:

The tall Aussie pacer has been brilliant in this ODI series so far and has troubled the Indian batsmen consistently. Rohit would look to take the attack to him and put him under pressure.

Jasprit Bumrah vs Glenn Maxwell:

The yorker specialist knows Glenn Maxwell has many shots in his arsenal. With his weapon being a yorker and the slower ones, Bumrah will aim to make it a tough outing for Maxwell.


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