Series: Indias tour of Australia
match: 2nd ODi
Date: 15th January 2019,Tuesday
Time: 1.20 PM Local Time
Venue: Adelaide Oval,Adelaide
After test series won India lost the 1st match against Australia in ODI series. Amidst many controversies India was expected to win but just 4 overs of the India Innings rattled their chance.
The 2nd ODI at the Adelaide Oval will be a do-or-die game for India who have to win the game to keep the ODI series alive heading into the final game. India could make a few changes to their playing XI to adjust their team balance after the exit of Hardik Pandya which stopped them from playing Yuzvendra Chahal in the first match. Australia doesn’t have much of a worry after the first ODI except getting a sense of urgency in their batsmen and to secure 20-30 extra runs.
Going by the recent trend, the Adelaide Oval could be a seam-friendly entity. If that happens, India could find themselves in trouble due to the fragile middle-order. If more than one of their top three gets out in the first ten overs, they could soon be pushed into a state where playing 50 overs becomes a difficulty rather than scoring runs at a quicker rate. Australian bowling is capable enough of putting India under pressure once again like in the first ODI.
But the Australian batting unit is not so convincing either. Mitch Marsh is fit and might get the nod to play but it will be interesting to see who will have to sit out the match in bench. Their bbowling unit without Starc,Cummins and Hazlewood seem to be faring well. Adelaide have a seam friendly track and Behrendorff and Richardson will unleash their venom.
In the last five matches India have 3 wins and Australia have two. In Adelaide India won last two matches and Virat has very good record in this ground.
Mithch Marsh is fit for Australia but whether he will feature in the xI is yet to be confirmed. Vijay Shankar has joined the Indian Squad.
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Aaron Finch (C), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Jason Behrendorff.
Since the start of 2018, MS Dhoni has scored 326 from 14 innings at an average of 27.16 and a strike-rate of 67.77. His batting strike-rate is 6th lowest among 84 players who have batted more than 300 balls in this span. No other player from top seven ranked players has a SR less than 73 in ODI format in this span.
Weather- The Weather should remain very fine and no.gloomyness is recorded on the radar. Hope to see the sun shine brightly.
Ground- The ground is seam bowling friendly.The two recent ODI matches hosted by the Adelaide Oval indicate that the Australia-India ODI could well be a low scoring one. In 2018, the venue hosted two ODIs and both of them produced scores under 240. The track acted as seam friendly on both occasions helping the home team’s long bowling-attack. The short square boundaries here provide the under pressure batsmen a relief.
Toss- Chasing should be the option for India again but batting first here is not that bad either. Toss should not matter much.
Prediction- Team India is expected to come back stronger and win the game. Australia have a good chance of claiming a series after 6 series. So they would not spare them an inch. But we think Australia will lose.