After thrashing the Kangaroos in the first ODI, Team India is set to host Australia for the second ODI at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium. Kohli & Co made a resounding comeback in the opening ODI to clinch the game by six wickets. Australia, who were outplayed by the hosts in Hyderabad, must be worried about the form of their crucial batsmen. Both the teams will lock horns tomorrow in Nagpur on a tricky surface so winning the toss will be essential for both the captains.

Indian Team found themselves under the pump following the T20I series loss by 2-0. However, adversity brings the best out of champions and India won the first ODI comprehensively by six wickets. Earlier Indian bowlers set the tone for the hosts in the first inning to restrict the Aussies for 236 runs. Then batsmen played their part and helped  India to draw first blood in this ODI series. MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav scripted the clinical chase with their unbeaten 141-run partnership. Having lost the T20I series, the Blue Brigade would be eyeing to seal this crucial ODI series ahead of the ICC World Cup.

Australia has been struggling with their batting since last year, and without their ace duo of- Smith & Warner, the situation is pretty scary. Since 2018, the defending ODI world champions, have only managed to win three ODIs out of their 17 outings. After sealing the T20I series in Bengaluru, the visitors were confident to perform well in the 50-over format too, but Indian bowlers had other plans. Aaron Finch’s batting vows have added more to the Kangaroo’s misery. The Australian skipper has only scored 158 runs in the 17 innings since October 2018 and crossed 15-run mark only twice. The Aussies would be hoping to land a counter punch in the second ODI against the mighty Indians.

 

GAME DETAILS

 

Date: Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Time: 01:30 PM IST

Venue: Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur

League: Australia tour of India 2019

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar (Website, App)

 

Head-to-head (last five ODIs)

India – 4

Australia – 1

 

Ground Stats ODI

Total Matches 10
Matches won batting first 2
Matches won bowling first 8
Average 1st Inns scores 261
Average 2nd Inns scores 236
Highest total recorded 354/7 (50 Ov) by IND vs AUS
Lowest total recorded 113/10 (37.2 Ov) by INDW vs ENGW
Highest score chased 351/4 (49.3 Ov) by IND vs AUS
Lowest score defended 354/7 (50 Ov) by IND vs AUS

 

Team News

India:

  • Vijay Shankar or Ravindra Jadeja can make way for Yuzvendra Chahal in the playing XI.

Australia:

  • Shaun Marsh is fit for the second ODI and he could replace Alex Carrey or Ashton Turner to strengthen their batting lineup.

 

SQUADS

India:

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul

Australia:

Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey(w), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, D Arcy Short, Nathan Lyon, Andrew Tye

 

KEY PLAYERS

India

MS Dhoni & Virat Kohli
  • Virat Kohli(c)
  • MS Dhoni
  • Jasprit Bumrah

Australia

Nathan Coulter-Nile
  • Usman Khawaja
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile

 

Probable Playing XI

India:

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar/Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia:

Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner/Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff

 

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