Australia won the third match of the ODI series with India earlier in the week to keep the series alive as it heads into Mohali on Sunday, where the tourists know another win will set up a wonderful conclusion to proceedings.
India have already seen one chance to win the series come and go and they get their second of three goes here. They will want to get it done as swiftly as possible so that they can manage the workload of their players.
You would have to say India lost the previous ODI with their top order getting blown away in the style it was. All of a sudden there are a couple of cracks appearing in that part of the Indian set up and it will be interesting to see if they tighten up a little bit here to try and lay a better platform or if they continue to keep going for their shots and possibly open up the potential to run into trouble again.
For the first time in the series Australia got hold of this Indian bowling attack too so it will be interesting to see if the home side can regain their control with the ball in this match or if they go around the park again. If it is the latter and India don’t win the match then all of a sudden they could be the outsiders to win the series.
I think you have to give a lot of credit to Australia for the way they put their collapse in the second ODI behind them. It would have been so easy to pack it in for the series after failing to get over the line in that match but they weren’t having any of that. Instead they came out with a determination and were always in control of the game. They head into this match trailing 2-1 but know they should be leading by that scoreline.
If Australia can repeat their performance from Ranchi then you would have to suggest that they have every chance of levelling the series here. Given that they won both the T20 matches and should have two wins from three in the ODIs to their name there is an argument that they are the favourites to win this match all of a sudden.
India have rested MS Dhoni for the remainder of the tournament so Rishabh Pant is going to get two goes to prove his worth heading into the World Cup. KL Rahul is battling to find a place in the side while Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to return here.
Australia will surely play an unchanged side for this match as they look to build on their win from the opening match of the series. If they do change anything then it could be Nathan Coulter-Nile who sits out given his recent workload.
I think we are seeing a tired and jaded India side and I fancy Australia to take advantage of that in this match. They could and probably should have won four of the five white ball matches they have played on this tour so far and look to be the fresher of the two teams even though they have played plenty of cricket themselves in recent times.
India are starting to rest and rotate here which could open up the potential for Australia to seize the early control of proceedings and given that they got over the line in the last match they have to be decent enough value to come through this one on top as well. At 7/4 they look the value in this match where the conditions should help them.
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