Australia won the fourth ODI by four wickets and the series now stands level at 2-2, with all to play for in the fifth and the final ODI. Australia have certainly exceeded expectations and have given signs that post the return of David Warner, Steve Smith and Mitchell Stark, they have the capability to defend the World Cup title.
India, on the other hand, have got a couple of wake up calls. This would be their last ODI before the World Cup and it would be great for their confidence if they win the final match and with it the ODI series to enter the IPL in a good frame of mind.
India's trouble at the top of the order came to an end as both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma got back into form. While Rohit missed his century by just five runs, Dhawan accelerated after reaching triple figures and ended with 143 at a strike rate of around 125.
When Maxwell was dismissed, it looked as if India would be successful in winning the match but assisted by Alex Carey, it was Ashton Turner who scored at a strike rate of almost 200 and took the team to victory.
Mohammed Shami is expected to return in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the final ODI as India would try their best to tilt the scales in their favour.
Let's have a look at the predicted playing XI of both teams.
India- Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia- Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa
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 310+, Australia 300+
*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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