Australia vs India 3rd ODI Preview and Cricket Betting Tips: With series decided, India to push hard to salvage pride
India might look to hand a few opportunities while trying their best to prevent a white wash at the same time.
Rest for Bumrah/Shami in dead rubber?
Apart from the urge to ameliorate their hurt pride, there is not a lot to play for Team India. With two matches lost, the result of the three-match ODI series has already been decided. After a two-day break between the second and the third ODI, the teams will play back-to-back T20s, with a gap of just one day in between, and the hectic four-match test series to follow.
You certainly want to play your best players every time you are representing your country but at the same time you also need to manage their workload. Do Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah play all the 6 white-ball fixtures and all the 4 test matches as well?
With the series already lost, this is a good time to give them some rest and allow them to pull up in good shape for the T20Is series, after which they will have to load up for the 5-day format.
So, if you are going to have a bet on this match, have a bet on cricket here and here are some top tips
Who will win? – India
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Glenn Maxwell (Australia), Shikhar Dhawan (India)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Adam Zampa (Australia), Kuldeep Yadav (India)
Most Sixes – Glenn Maxwell (Australia), Hardik Pandya (India)
Man of the Match – Steve Smith
Team Scores Batting first – Australia 350+, India 330+
Match Handicap Australia
Kuldeep and Natarajan can get the nod
Navdeep Saini has looked quite ordinary in the first two ODIs and it would do his confidence more harm than good if he is played in the final match of the series as well. Likewise, Yuzvendra Chahal has not been able to figure out his game and has been expensive in both the first two matches of the series while being wicketless.
In the bowling department, India do have a few options on the bench in Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan. One can be tempted to play all three of them.
Kuldeep can come in the XI in the place of Yuzvendra Chahal and show what his left-arm wrist spin can bring to the table. Bringing in Shardul Thakur in place of Mohammed Shami will not only provide the latter some much-needed rest but will also beef up the Indian lower order as Thakur can use the long handle to good effect.
T Natarajan has been added to the squad and coming on the back of a brilliant IPL, he is on the top of his game. With Glenn Maxwell having flayed the Indian bowlers to every part of the park in the first two ODIs, it would be a good match up with Natarajan who can replace Navdeep Saini.
Batting unit shouldn't be tinkered with
There might be a temptation to give a chance to the likes of Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson and Shubman Gill as well. But it would be a bit unfair on the likes of Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer.
Agarwal has looked good in both the first two matches but has not been able to go big. He certainly deserves another opportunity. With Shreyas Iyer being looked at as a long-term prospect, it is ideal for his confidence to be a part of the playing XI.
Multiple changes confirmed for Australia
Australia will have to make at least two changes to their playing XI for the final ODI of the series after the Aussie management has decided to rest Pat Cummins.
It is a well-earned rest for the pacer who has had a hand in Australia's series win. Cummins has not only been rested for the last ODI but the three T20Is as well which will only help him mentally and physically in the lead up to the test series.
David Warner injured his groin while fielding in the second ODI and D'Arcy Short has been added to the squad in his place.
Wade likely to make the cut
However, Short might have to wait for his opportunity as the team can either promote Alex Carey or Steve Smith to the top of the order alongside Aaron Finch or give an opportunity to young and upcoming all-rounder Cameron Green.
Australia also have the option of including Matthew Wade as an opener. Wade has done a mighty fine job as an opener in the Big Bash League. In place of Cummins, there's a toss up between Sean Abbott and Daniel Sams.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Australia - Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Matthew Wade/Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott/Daniel Sams, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
India - Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, Jasprit Bumrah
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