India and Australia get into the decider of the three-match one-day series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow (Friday).
The series is levelled one-all with India’s win that witnessed Dhoni’s return to his trade-mark finishing touch with the bat at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday after the hosts had shocked the Virat Kohli-led mighty Blue Brigade in the series opener in Sydney.
A win at the Melbourne Park will also spell India’s maiden triumph in a bilateral one-day international series Down Under, which will be the perfect icing on the cake after Kohli had led India to the first Test series in 71 years. Also the first for an Asian team on the Australian soil.
The swashbuckling 39th ODI hundred by Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni’s fifty and Dinesh Karthik efficient 25 off 14 had helped Indian cricket team to win the game. The Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar took four wickets for 45 runs in 10 overs for his nation. However, in spite of the lethal Bhubaneswar spell, India would be looking for a lot better deal in the bowling department.
Australia have won nine out of the 14 ODIs against India at the MCG. Rated among one of the weakest-ever Australian ODI teams, Finch and Company will take some inspiration from the outcome of the series opener at the SGC and the track record at the MCG to score their first series win in two years in this format of the game.
and it should inspire them on Friday as they are still on the cusp of winning their first ODI series since January 2017. The teams have announced their XI for the match:
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake.
The live and exclusive broadcaster for Cricket Australia’s international games in the Indian sub-continent, Sony Pictures Network will broadcast the action from the Adelaide Oval on Sony Ten 3 and Sony Six with Hindi and English programming respectively. Sony’s OTT platform SonyLIV will stream the match simultaneously. The match will also be available live on Sony Ten 3 HD and Sony Six HD.
Fans on the move can also catch live streaming mobile platforms JioTV and AirtelTV.
The match will start at 8:50 am Indian Standard Time.