It is now or never for India. Virat Kohli are gearing up for the must win match against hosts Australia at Adelaide tomorrow (Tuesday). A loss will give hosts an unassailable winning lead to the hosts against the world’s No. 1 side in one-day international cricket out of the three-match series.
For India, in quest to recover from the loss in the series opener at Sydney on Saturday, there are more than one concerns. Hardik Pandya’s suspension on disciplinary grounds has affected the team’s balance. Mahender Singh’s prolonged run with poor form and his inability to accelerate the score is miserably slowing down India’s chases. In the Sydney ODI the veteran and once the mainstay in team’s chasing causes did stay the tide after three wickets, including skipper Virat Kohli, were down for a mere three runs.
However, Dhoni’s 96-ball 51-run innings made had virtually drove India out of contention in chase of the 289-run target at the Sydney Cricket Ground. His inability to set the pace during middle overs will remain a major cause of concern when India take on Australia in a do-or-die second ODI on Tuesday in their bid to keep the three-match series alive.
The prevailing concern has brought to focus the rejigging that skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri will have to fret upon. With Dhoni being slotted at No 5 even though vice-captain Rohit wants the veteran to bat a notch higher but cues from India’s training session made it clear that the team is unlikely to tinker with the batting order.
No pre-match short-list has been announced for this second ODI, and all-rounder Vijay Shankar only arrived late Monday afternoon in Adelaide, thus might not be available for selection.
Australia too didn’t announce their playing eleven for the second ODI either, but it is expected that they will field the same team as in the first match. Their biggest concern at the moment is if Glenn Maxwell is batting at his best position at number seven.
Teams: India (from): Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Vijay Shankar.
Australia (from): Aron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.
The fans can catch the action LIVE and exclusive from the Adelaide Oval on Sony Ten 3 and Sony Six with Hindi and English programming respectively. Sony’s OTT platform Sony LIV will stream the match simultaneously. The match will also be available live on Sony Ten 3 HD and Sony Six HD.
The match will start at 8.50 am India time. Live updates will be flashed on InsideSport.co.