Team India is preparing for the 2nd match of the ongoing ODI series against the hosts Australia on 29th November at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Coming off from the 2020 Indian Premier League season in Dubai, both the Indian and Australian players have partaken in their first international series since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic this year. However, the first ODI on Friday saw a lacklustre performance from the Men in Blues as the hosts were able to pick up a 66 run victory.
Aussie captain Aaron Finch launched a ton in the opening along with a 69 from David Warner, while Steve Smith followed up with a blistering 105-off-66. Maxwell, out-of-form in the IPL, launched his fireworks with a whopping 19-ball-45.
Despite an impressive 59-3 from Shami, the Indian bowling squad failed to contain the Aussies as they put up a substantial target of 374. Unfortunately, the Men in Blue batting order failed to stack up scores to keep themselves in the chase.
Except for a 74 from opener Shikhar Dhawan and a 76-ball-90 from Hardik Pandya in the middle, the Indian batsmen were lethargic against the Australian bowlers as the collective score at the end came to 308 for 8 wickets, putting up several question marks about the team’s lineup before the 2nd ODI.
Waging odds: India (2.50) vs Australia (1.50)
India are priced at 2.50 and are the underdogs. Betting ₹100 on them will earn you ₹250 if they come out as winners.
Australia are the waging favourites and are priced at 1.50, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹150.
Expected starting 11:
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini/Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav/ Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.
Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Cameron Green/Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa.
Admitting the absence of all-rounders in the 1st ODI, Team India captain Virat Kohli is expected to bring about a more varied bowling lineup with bringing in the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Shardul Thakur, while pushing for a better collective performance from the batting order, easing the pressure on both Dhawan and Pandya who are on stunning forms.
Australia, on the other hand, are unlikely to tweak with the winning combination of players they currently have at hand, although, may bring in Ashton Agar or Cameron Green for some game-time.
Team India are likely to avenge the defeat and walk out as the winners.