Team India is preparing for the 3rd match of the ongoing ODI series against the hosts Australia on 2nd December at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
Following a 66 run defeat in the first ODI, Team India suffered another disappointing loss in the 2nd one on Sunday, failing to chase down a monumental target of 390 that Australia blistered onto the lacklustre performance of the visitor bowling squad.
David Warner (83) and Aaron Finch (60) opened up the Aussie innings with stupendous 142 run partnership, followed by a 64-ball-104 from Steve Smith, his second straight century of the series. Labuschagne contributed 70 runs while Glenn Maxwell held onto his swashbuckling form with an unbeaten 63-off-29 with a barrage of big hits.
Indian bowlers suffered from another bad performance, failing to contain the Aussie batting order within a comfortable target. Except for Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, the rest of the Men in Blue bowlers clocked costly economy rates.
Virat Kohli made his effort in the chase with scoring 89, but early dismissals from the rest of the batting order nullified his score, except for KL Rahul who swung his bat to a 66-ball-76. Unfortunately, Team India finished short of 51 runs from their target, down to 9 wickets on 338 runs at the last ball.
Waging odds: India (2.25) vs Australia (1.57)
India are priced at 2.25 and are the underdogs. Betting ₹100 on them will earn you ₹225 if they come out as winners.
Australia are the waging favourites and are priced at 1.57, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹157.
Expected starting 11:
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Navdeep Saini/T Natarajan
Australia: Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (WK), Matthew Wade/Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa
While Indian bowling keep on failing and the batting squad continue to exhaust the 50 overs way before reaching the target score, Australia has been showing utter dominance in both departments, landing ginormous scores as well as picking the Indian batsmen one by one and its very unlikely that the situation will be any different in the next match.
Australia are expected to continue their streak and whitewash the ODI series 3-0.