India vs Australia Prediction – 2nd ODI

Who will win India vs Australia, 2nd ODI 2020?

India will be desperate to bounce back against Australia in the second match of their three-game ODI series, after a crushing defeat for the hosts first up. The match takes place at Rajkot’s Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on January 17, and the live action is scheduled to start at 13:30.

Australia stormed to a ten-wicket win in the first match, in Mumbai, as David Warner and Aaron Finch each hit unbeaten centuries as Australia reached 258/0 in 37.4 overs to record their biggest ever ODI win against India, in terms of wickets. It was also the highest ever partnership in ODI cricket against the hosts, for any wicket.

India had early collapsed to 255 all out, with Shikhar Dhawan top-scoring on 74. With the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Lokesh Rahul in their batting line-up too, however, they know they can expect much better as they bid to bounce back.

IND vs AUS Toss Prediction

Australia won the toss and successfully elected to field first last time out. With dew an issue, India might want to field first this time – albeit on a batting wicket.

IND vs AUS Weather Report

Rajkot will be clear and sunny all day, with zero chance of rain and humidity relatively low too.

IND vs AUS Pitch Condition

Rajkot serves up batting wickets, with an even bounce contributing to some fast scoring.

India’s reputation is at stake

On paper, at least, the Indians are a much more balanced squad, given that they are playing in familiar home conditions. On the back of his performance in Mumbai, Dhawan is likely to open with Sharma, and Rahul could find himself rested, despite a good fifty in the first ODI. The Indians would be hoping to win the toss and put Australia in. If that were to happen, the visitors could find Bumrah and Shami hard to handle on a wicket that is reputed to afford bounce. Early wickets could also allow Kuldeep Yadav and Jadeja the confidence and leverage they would need to restrict the visitors to a modest total. The Indian middle-order will get another chance to prove itself, an opportunity they could grab eagerly.

Australia will have to prove that the Mumbai win was not a fluke

Although Warner and Finch flayed the Indian attack in the first game, they can expect a spirited reply from the Indian bowlers in the second outing. However, with an in-form Smith to follow, the real attention grabber in the second game could be Labuschagne, whose exploits in recent test matches are legion. There’s a buzz about this Australian side, especially after the emergence of Cummins as a seasoned new-ball operator. A fully fit Mitchell Starc showed us what he could do, in Mumbai. So did Richardson, Zampa, and Agar. But the real test of character for the visitors could come if they lost a few early wickets at Rajkot.

Our Prediction for India vs Australia

India will win this match

The hosts made a tactical error in the first match when they opted to go with all three of Sharma, Dhawan, and Rahul. As a result, Kohli, arguably the world’s best player at number three, had to push himself down the order. India would surely not repeat the mistake. Rohit Sharma had a rare failure and could make Australia pay for getting him out cheaply in the first match. With a point to prove, and a huge home crowd egging them on, the men in blue are likely to bounce back with a vengeance. The Australians would surely back themselves to fight back hard, with both and ball, but as recent history has shown, a wounded Indian team playing on home soil is unlikely to relent.