India’s bench strength passes with flying colours
- Australia have lost four ODIs on the trot and would be hoping to break the streak.
- India are without Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav.
The second India vs Australia One-Day international will take place at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on September 24. The men in blue registered a five-wicket victory in the first ODI on the back of fifties from Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav. India are favourites to win this match at 1.79
The visitors were 98/1 but the top order couldn’t play long innings. They kept losing wickets and didn’t get the total they needed. Defending 276, they were on the back foot after a 142-run stand from Indian openers. Australia picked a few wickets but couldn’t put a squeeze on. Australia have odds of 2.07 to win this match.
The head-to-head record between these two teams in ODIs is in Australia’s favour. Out of 147 ODIs, Australia have claimed 82 games while India have won 55 games. As for the previous 10 clashes, the scoreline reads level at 5-5.
Out of six matches played at this venue, four have been won by the team batting first. Our toss prediction is that India will win the toss and bat first in this match.
India are in terrific form while Australia have lost their previous four games. Considering their form and strengths, India head into this game as favourites with a win probability of 55%.
The average first innings score at this ground after six ODIs stands at 320. The average score for the second innings goes down to 267.
The pitches at Holkar stadium in Indore are generally pretty flat with batters having good success. The short boundaries also aid batters in putting big scores. Indore could witness thunderstorms on Sunday afternoon and that could affect the match.
Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (c/wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Mitchell Starc: The left arm pacer is expected to return for this game. He has a stellar record in ODI cricket with 219 wickets at 22.09 apiece, including 21 four or more wicket hauls.
Shubman Gill: The young Indian superstar is in the form of his life. He has made 1126 runs in ODIs this year at an average of 70 while striking at 105, including four centuries.
Australia were outplayed in the last game but it could be down to the extreme experimental XI they played. They should play their more conventional side, with Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc likely returning. We predict that Australia will win the match.
Our pick: Back Australia at 2.07 to win this one!
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David Warner has scored 387 runs in his last eight games at an average of 48 and strike rate of 109. He’s coming off a fifty in the previous game. Back Warner at 3.75 to be Australia’s top batter in the match!