Batting first, Australia were finally successful in posting a big total of 313 with openers Aaron Finch and centurion Usman Khawaja forging a 193-run partnership. The Indian bowlers fought back and despite knocks from Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, it were the three wickets from Kuldeep Yadav and the run-out of Maxwell which ensured that Australia did not reach 350, which was looking likely at one point.
India's top order has now failed three times out of three in the ODI series. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are a certainty in the Indian World Cup squad but they need to pull up their socks. Ambati Rayudu's place in the side can also be under threat if he fails in the remaining matches.
Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar have show their ability to score but they have thrown their wicket away after getting starts. Virat Kohli, as always, was exceptional and slammed his 41st ODI century. At one point it looked that India might do the undoable as the target looked possible. However, once Adam Zampa bowled Kohli the match was done and dusted there itself.
All three of Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson and Adam Zampa took three wickets each and kept chipping away at the Indian batting order. While Australia are expected to go unchanged in the 4th ODI, India are likely to give chances to Rishabh Pant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal.
India- Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia- Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – India
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Virat Kohli (India), Usman Khawaja (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jasprit Bumrah (India), Adam Zampa (Australia)
Most Sixes – Rohit Sharma (India), Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
Team Scores Batting First – India 300+, Australia 280+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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