Date: 22 March 2023
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
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The three-match ODI series between India and Australia is underway and is evenly poised after Australia beat India by ten wickets in the second ODI on Sunday. The Steve Smith-led team thrashed the hosts as Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Marsh, Sean Abbott, and Travis Head starred for the visitors. While Starc (5/53) and Abbott (3/23) wreaked havoc with the ball, bundling India for 117, Marsh (66*) and Head (51*) took Australia home with the bat without incurring any damage.
Now, as the series stands level at 1-1, the third and final match is expected to be a thrilling contest. Both teams will go full throttle when the third ODI gets underway at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday.
India will look to overcome their batting debacle. Captain Rohit Sharma accepted that the batters did not apply themselves and hence such a low score. The bowlers will look to improve their performance as they failed to take any wickets. Meanwhile, Australia won’t be bothered too much as they put on a near-to-perfect performance in the last game.
The pitch at MA Chidambaram Stadium is known for its slowness. The wickets tend to aid spinners and hence making it difficult for the batters to score freely. Therefore, playing shots along the ground is a safer option here.
SportsTiger Playing XIs
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami
Australia: Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
India’s record in series deciders is exuberating. Also, as the Chepauk surface will suit their way of play, India will be the favourites to win the third ODI and eventually the series.
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