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* India beat Australia by 36 runs in the second ODI.
* Fifties from Dhawan, Kohli, KL Rahul and combined performance from the bowlers helped to an easy win in Rajkot.
After the loss in Mumbai, Virat Kohli was back to his usual batting order with Shreyas Iyer at 4, KL Rahul batted at 5. Virat Kohli controlled the innings with his usual style of taking singles and doubles then KL Rahul unleashed in the late end with his variety of shots all over the ground.
Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan continued his usual best in ODI and giving India a good start with Rohit Sharma for the opening wicket & laying the foundation for the middle order. Then all-round performance from the bowlers helped India to level the series. Going to Chinnaswamy, the injury will be hurting India with Dhawan was hit in the rib-cage, while saving a boundary Rohit injured his shoulder and Rishabh Pant is still recovering after the blow from Pat Cummins.
The biggest positive for the Indian team has been the form of KL Rahul in the middle order, this allows Virat Kohli to come at 3 and young Shreyas Iyer who is landing his feet in International cricket to bat at 4. Rahul had huge progress in the game, he was going into a shell once after getting a start but yesterday he had the license and it was vintage Rahul in Rajkot.
The bowlers will be high on confidence after defending a total. Relentless pressure from Bumrah at one end and Jadeja getting the ball to grip then Kuldeep Yadav turning the match after taking the wicket of Alex Carey and Steve Smith in one over, Saini and Shami bowling yorkers after yorkers in death overs was just world-class bowling by the attack. With this performance, Kohli won't be making many changes in the bowling unit.
On the other hand, Visitors won the toss the same as the first ODI but things didn't go which Finch and management would have liked, Indian batsmen were having good partnerships and strike bowlers like Cummins, Starc couldn't make inroads in the Indian batting but it was one of those bad days like India had in the first ODI and they will be looking to come hard on Sunday. Adam Zampa continued his good performance in India, taking three of the top 4 but there was no one to support him with the fifth bowling option went for 77 runs from ten overs.
Australia would have hoped for some dew but with Jadeja getting the ball to grip and turn, it was looking tough for them to chase down the total and Indian bowlers was striking at the regular intervals of the match.
Australia had issues late down the order with Ashton Turner and Ashton Agar not contributing much with the bat, which is putting lots of pressure in top order. They left out Maxwell and Stoinis after the poor performance in the World Cup. Management was hoping these two to come good with the bat but since the innings in Mohali Turner hasn't made much impact in IPL and in the second ODI in Rajkot. Finch and team need the finishing skills from both the middle order batsman so that the presengt Australian team can challenge any team anywhere in the world.
What to Expect?
Bangalore is always known for runs and there won't be any change in the conditions. Runs will flow like in second ODI and teams might be preferring to bat first as it will be tough to predict whether there will be dew or not in the outfield at night.
Team News: Australia might be looking to bring Josh Hazelwood in the place of Kane Richardson in the series decider. Pant will be returning to the side, if Rohit and Dhawan are fit then Manish Pandey might be making the way for the wicket-keeper batsman from Dehli.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson/Josh Hazelwood, Adam Zampa.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah.
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* Rohit Sharma 4 runs away for completing 9000 runs in ODI.
* Pat Cummins 2 wickets away for completing 100 wickets in ODI.