IND vs AUS: ‘do or die’ for Kohli, will have to win second ODI

To save the series against Australia, Team India will have to do their best in the second ODI on Sunday. India lost by 66 runs in the first match.

IND vs AUS: ‘do or die’ for India

To save the series against Australia, Team India will have to do their best in the second ODI on Sunday. India lost by 66 runs in the first match. The way Australia took advantage of India’s weaknesses is a matter of concern for captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri. The second match to be played in Sydney will start at 9.10 am Indian time. 

Captain has told allrounder problem in the team  

In the first ODI, Hardik Pandya scored 90 runs in 76 balls, but like the 2017 Champions Trophy final, the match cannot be won by just one brilliant innings. Pandya himself has admitted that he is not in a position to bowl at the moment and will not be able to bowl before the T20 World Cup. This leaves Kohli with bowlers who cannot bat and no top-order batsman can bowl.

On the other hand, Australia captain Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and David Warner are in excellent form, due to which Jasprit Bumrah and the rest of the bowlers did not prove to be effective. There is also no possibility of any change in the bowling combination of the Indian team unless both Yuzvendra Chahal and Navdeep Saini are declared unfit. Chahal and Saini both conceded 172 runs in 20 overs. 

If you do not play Chahal-Saini, then he may get a chance

Chahal left the field after completing his spell due to injury. At the same time, Saini’s waist has been stretched. T Natarajan has been kept in the team as his cover. When he is out, Shardul Thakur can be replaced in place of Saini and Kuldeep Yadav can be replaced in Chahal. 

Virat will have to show power to save the series 

Some of India’s top order batsmen lost their wickets playing irresponsible shots. Especially Shreyas Iyer’s shot off Josh Hazlewood’s ball was non-essential. Mayank Agarwal is also unable to withstand the extra bounce. Captain Virat Kohli has his eyes on the Australian team, media and cricket fans.

Kohli said after the first match, ‘We talked about batting after the match. We came down with positive thinking and everyone tried to play in the same way. Lack of a sixth bowler has put a lot of pressure on Bumrah, who is not even seen in his familiar form in ODI cricket. 

The teams are as follows –

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, T. Natarajan.

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschen, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carrie, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Jampa, Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott, Ashton Egger, Cameron Green, Moises Henriques, Andrew Tye, Daniel Symes, Matthew Wade.