Australia vs India 2nd ODI: Five days after registering a historic maiden Test series victory Down Under, the Indian Cricket Team were rocked back by the Australian side in the first ODI, at the same venue – The Sydney Cricket Ground.
They may not have been outplayed but the Indian side never seemed like dominating their Aussie counterparts in the way they did during the Test series. And once they were three down for only four runs on the board in their run-chase, they were only chasing the 8-ball.
The series will be on the line when both teams will meet each other at the Adelaide Oval. Another victory will mean a world to Australia who are looking for their first ODI series victory since January 2017. A series win against India at the beginning of the last season before the World Cup will give a much-needed boost to their lowering shoulders.
In the opposition camp, the Indian team, testing themselves without Jasprit Bumrah, would not want to lose their second away series in a row (after losing 2-1 to England last year).
Here is a detailed statistical analysis stating the best possible XI to win cash contests on Fanfight:
Venue: The Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Since World Cup 2015, Adelaide Oval has not been a free-flowing ground for the batsmen. It has the third lowest average run rate among the 8 venues that have hosted ODI cricket in Australia. However, it is still better than the average runs per over scored in ODI cricket all over the globe since the World Cup (5.07).
Expected XIs(Australia vs India 2nd ODI)
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik/Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Kuldeep Yadav
Kedar Jadhav could come in for Dinesh Karthik at six given his ability to roll his arm over.
Australia: Aaron Finch, Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff
Mitchell Marsh is fit again but it is tough to see him walk into the XI after an impressive show by the Australian middle order in the first game.
Recommended XI: Alex Carey, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jhye Richardson (vc), Jason Behrendorff, Kuldeep Yadav
It is a straight shoot out between the young Alex Carey and the veteran MS Dhoni. Opening the innings, Carey looked good in the first ODI but failed to make a large impact. Contrary, MS Dhoni scored a fifty but never looked comfortable during his stay.
Given Carey’s ability to pierce the gap during the field restrictions makes him a better option than Dhoni. Also, the number 5 batsmen have average only 29.19 this decade at Adelaide Oval in comparison to 37.19 by the openers.
When you are looking for an opening batsman, you cannot ignore Rohit Sharma who averages 59.15 as an ODI opener. He looked in decent touch during the Test series without converting any one of his starts. But when it comes to ODI cricket, he becomes a beast once he wears down the new ball and we saw a fair example of it in the first ODI.
On the other hand, Aaron Finch has struggled to survive against the new ball throughout the summer and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be eyeing to hit his off-stump once again. Similarly, Shikhar Dhawan has struggled to negate the left-arm fast bowlers early in his innings. The southpaw averages only 20.25 vs the left-arm pacers against Australia in Australia. Earlier it was Starc, this time, it was Jason Behrendorff.
Virat Kohli is having an up and down tour so far but has not looked intimidated by any bowler which are signs that he is not away from another praiseworthy knock.
From Australia’s perspective, the onus will again be on their middle-order to counter the Indian spinners during the mid-phase of the innings. Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb, both boast in impressive record against spin so far.
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Both of them played Kuldeep Yadav with assurance and were able to score against him at the perfect strike rate of 100.00 which did not let the pressure build during the middle overs. Marsh especially has been in imperious form scoring three hundreds in his last 9 games.
Despite a surface that slows down gradually as the game progresses, the spinners have not made a big impact in Adelaide Oval this decade.
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However, Kuldeep is still an excellent choice primarily because he already holds an upper hand over the Aussies by taking 7 wickets in two innings on the tour so far.
Moving to the pacers, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff struck India exactly where it hurts them the most – by taking wickets with the new ball. The Western Australian duo surprised the Indian top order by bowling at an average speed of 139.39 kph in their first spell while attaining an average swing of 0.69 degrees.
During a successful year of ODI cricket for India last year, only South African pacers bowled faster than that with the new ball but swung the ball a lot lesser. Similarly, only West Indies, Pakistan and England pacers swung the ball to a larger extent but they were nowhere close to Richardson and Behrendorff in terms of speed.
You might not need to scratch your head while making a decision on Marcus Stoinis but Jadeja and Maxwell are tricky picks. Finger spinners have hardly been effective in Adelaide. Also, both Jadeja and Maxwell bat too down the order to make an impact unless there is a collapse at the top. But if one have to go with one of these, Maxwell might just edge Jadeja out with his fine batting show in the ongoing BBL.
Kedar Jadhav is another option who can come in handy if picked.
Captain and Vice-Captain:
Based on the performance in the last game, Rohit Sharma and Jhye Richardson are the best options for the captaincy and vice-captaincy role. However, Kuldeep Yadav and Virat Kohli are also great options for augmenting your points.
Update: The recommended XI helped the author to acquire 402 points.
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