A series win in India could be huge booster for Australia in World Cup year
- India claimed the first ODI while the visitors bounced back to claim the second
- Australia are likely to have David Warner and Glenn Maxwell back for this game
With the series leveled 1-1, India and Australia will lock horns in the series decider at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday, March 22. The hosts India have the odds of 1.66 to clinch the match and the series.
Australia bounced back exceptionally well in the second game to hammer India by 10 wickets. However, they still head into the game as the underdogs with the odds of 2.17 to win the series decider.
Different challenge for teams at Chepauk
The first two games at Wankhede and Vizag saw significant assistance for the pacers. But the Chepauk is known to be a spin-friendly venue with little to no help for the seamers. The two teams, Australia in particular, will have to adjust their gameplan.
Our pick: India have a better batting and bowling unit for these conditions at Chepauk. We predict India to win the match at 1.66
India were blown away by Mitchell Starc, who took a five-for to skittle out the hosts for just 117. India still have a strong batting line-up, especially for a slower venue of Chepauk. Expect their top order to do well here.
Australia mowed down the target in just 11 overs with Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh smashing fifties. If David Warner is fit to play, how they handle the situation will be key. Glenn Maxwell should be back considering the nature of the deck.
Keep an eye on…
Ravindra Jadeja will be crucial at this venue with both bat and ball. He was the player of the match in the first ODI, where he picked 2 for 46 and scored an unbeaten 45.
Mitchell Marsh has been in outstanding form, scoring 81 off 65 in the first game and following it up with a 36-ball 66 not-out at Vizag. If Warner returns, where he bats will be interesting to see.