Who will win India vs Australia, 3rd ODI 2020?
It is still all to play for in this ODI series as India and Australia move to Bangalore for the final game of the three-match showdown. The series concludes at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium on January 19 and the final match is scheduled to start at 13:30 local time.
Australia started the series in dominant form, with Aaron Finch and David Warner’s unbroken 258-run opening partnership seeing them to a ten-wicket win. They could not repeat those heroics last time out, but Steve Smith fell just two runs short of becoming Australia’s third centurion of the tour.
India hit back with a vastly-improved batting performance, however. Shikhar Dhawan (96), Virat Kohli (78) and KL Rahul (80) all played their part in a total of 340/6 and they bowled Australia out for 304 in reply to take the series to its deciding match.
IND vs AUS Toss Prediction
Australia have won the toss and elected to field first in each of the two matches so far. India might elect to do the same in Bangalore.
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
The weather forecast looks perfect for cricket in Bangalore. There will be dew to contend with in the second innings, but there is otherwise zero chance of rain and clear skies.
India have found their rhythm
The batting order sorted itself out at Rajkot when thanks to Pant’s injury, Rahul donned the wicketkeeper’s gloves and did a Dhoni at number five in the batting order. If Dhawan and Kohli laid the platform, Rahul did most to ensure that the innings didn’t falter. Shreyas Iyer’s form must worry the Indian captain, though. Kohli could opt to drop Iyer and play Rahul at number four and bolster the bowling by bringing in an all-rounder in the form of Kedar Jadhav. The rest of the team is likely to remain unchanged, especially the bowling line-up that delivered when it mattered.
Australia have a fight on their hands
Warner’s failure at Rajkot underlined his importance to the Australian batting, especially when chasing a big target. In the end, the visitors fell short by just 36 runs and good innings from Warner could have helped his side to a series win. There is nothing wrong with the Australian batting, otherwise, with Finch, Smith, and Labuschagne followed by the big-hitting Carey. But the bowlers did wilt in the face of a late onslaught by the Indian batsmen, and the Australians would want to put on a better display at Bengaluru.
Our Prediction for India vs Australia
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With the Indians finding their stride at Rajkot, the Australians will have their task cut out in the third ODI. They are also faced with the ominous fact that Rohit Sharma is due for a big one. Man to man, the hosts are stronger in both batting and bowling, and the visitors will need to perform extraordinarily well to be able to beat the odds.