Live Cricket Score, India – 237/All Out (50 Overs) | Australia – 272/9 (50 Overs)
India vs Australia National Cricket Team | Playing XI
Australia National Cricket Team: Aaron Finch (Skipper), Alex Carey (Wicket-Keeper), Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa
India National Cricket Team: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rishabh Pant (Wicket-Keeper), Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami
The series between Australia and India so far can be summed up in two parts. In the first two ODIs, Australia had their moments but could not close out the games. In the 3rd and 4th ODI, India had their moments but could not close out the games. The way this series has progressed has set up the final match in Delhi for a humdinger. Both the sides are locked at 2-2 and would want the coveted trophy with them. Australia has made everyone stand up and take notice of them when nobody gave them a chance in the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith.
Australia came to India with serious doubt about whether they will be able to compete against a rampaging India at home. The T20s were Glenn Maxwell show and India seemed to got back on track with the wins in the first 2 ODIs. The resurgence began in the third ODI when the opening partnership got together and put on 170 odd to tell the batting line up that it is possible to make runs against India’s wristies. Khawaja notched up his maiden hundred. In Mohali, Peter Handscomb came to the party with his maiden ton and it looked a completely different Australian team.
On the other side, India will be relieved that the openers got back into runs but the bowling remains a big question mark along with the middle order. Kohli gave up his number 3 position to KL Rahul to give him some much-needed match time but that did not help much. The wicket-keeping skills of Rishab Pant leave a lot to be desired and the missed stumping of Turner may have harmed his chances of going to England.
India needs Dhoni more for his presence in the field than with this bat. He was clearly missed when Handscomb and Khawaja were building the partnership. Kohli looked a bit perplexed about his strategies in that period. The bowlers clearly missed the wisdom they get when the talisman is behind the wickets.
The match will take place at Ferozshah Kotla and dew will be a factor again so the skipper who wins the toss will look to bowl first and chase later on. The ground is a small one so it makes chasing easier. The ground with a capacity of 48000 has a low first innings score of 213 but a high score of 330 shows that there are runs to be had in this pitch. We are all looking for a classic contest between the sides.