Team India is on the verge of creating history heading into this final contest at Melbourne. This will be the first time that an Indian Team will sweep all the series against the Kangaroos on Australian soil. Virat and his Blue Brigade would be eyeing to clinch this series, which will be a big boost for them ahead of the World Cup. After the win in Adelaide, the momentum lies with the visitors.
The flawless run chase led by Kohli & Dhoni made sure that we will get to witness a decider at the MCG. After the bowlers failed to restrict them under par score even after getting early breakthroughs, the Indian batsmen came to the rescue.
After winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and sharing the T-20 series, India would be hoping to end this tour on a high. This will also test the player’s technique and temperament for the upcoming ICC World Cup.
Kohli & Co can achieve a feat that has never been done by any Asian side. Indian Team is on the brink of sweeping all the series played Down Under.
Aaron Finch, on the other, has a lot to ponder about his team. The Australian batting lineup is quite balanced, but the bowling department lacks experience. Marsh and Handscomb have been impressive in this series, whereas Stoinis and Maxwell have also played their floater role very well. If the bowlers click well with the arrival of Adam Zampa and Billy Stanleke, then we may witness another epic encounter at the MCG.
India lost their last ODI in January 2016 at the same venue. They scored 295/6 after being put into bat first, but the Kangaroos chased that target down in the last over and won that game by three wickets.
Date: Friday, January 17, 2019.
Time: 7:50 AM IST
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
League: India tour of Australia 2018-19, 3rd ODI
Live Telecast: Sony Network
Online Streaming: Sonyliv.com
HEAD TO HEAD in ODIs
Matches Played: 130
Australia won: 75
India won: 45
Total matches 148
Matches won batting first 72
Matches won bowling first 72
Average 1st Inns scores 222
Average 2nd Inns scores 196
Highest total recorded 344/8 (50 Ov) by ICCWXI vs AsiaXI
Lowest total recorded 94/10 (31.7 Ov) by Eng vs AUS
Highest score chased 308/5 (48.5 Ov) by Eng vs AUS
Lowest score defended 173/9 (50 Ov) by AUS vs WI
Jason Behrendorf has been ruled out with back soreness, Billy Stanlake is set to replace him.
Adam Zampa will make his way into the team at the expense of Nathan Lyon.
Vijay Shankar can get a game in place of Md. Siraj.
Australia ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa
India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill
Probable Playing 11
Australia’s Playing 11
- Alex Carey
- Aaron Finch
- Usman Khawaja
- Shaun Marsh
- Peter Handscomb
- Marcus Stoinis
- Glenn Maxwell
- Jhye Richardson
- Peter Siddle
- Adam Zampa
- Billy Stanlake
India’s Playing 11
- Rohit Sharma
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Virat Kohli
- Ambati Rayudu (Doubtful: Kedar Jadhav)
- MS Dhoni
- Dinesh Karthik
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar
- Mohammed Shami
- Khaleel Ahmed(Doubtful: Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal)