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AUS v IND 2nd ODI Preview: India are expected to bounce back to level the series after the early setback

Mon, 14th, Jan 2019 |
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Riding on the success in the Test series, a confident Indian side suffered a setback when Australia stunned them by 34 runs to emerge victorious. Not many would have expected the outcome but not only Australia proved all the cricketing pundits wrong, they dominated for most of the parts in the second innings. The players who failed in the Test series, Shawn Marsh, Usman Khawaja, and Peter Handscomb stepped up on the occasion and scored crucial half centuries to lift their team to a fighting total. Our new recruit, Marcus Stoinis took up on the finishing job and ended with 47* to make sure he provided Australia with the impetus they needed towards the end. After resting their frontline bowlers, Australia found gold in the newbies, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff who troubled the Indian batsmen throughout and reduced them to 3 for just 4 runs within 4 overs. They exposed the Indian middle order and the score board pressure seemed to be too much to handle for them. 

But despite losing the match, India won't be really worried about the outcome and will be looking forward to the next ODI in Adelaide. Yes, they have a couple of concerns and they'll like to take care of them before the World Cup starts. Bhuvneshwar Kumar's form of late hasn't been great and he has been leaking runs in the death. He's been recovering from a back injury and hasn't found his rhythm yet. MS Dhoni's batting position remains to be a topic of debate whether he should bat at 4 or 5. The middle order also needs to take onus on them and not rely heavily on the top 3 to do most of the job. 

The team however, won't see a drastic change and will like to give all the players another go. Though Kedar Jadhav might make it in the 11 to provide a little more balance to the side that is lacking a sixth bowler and Dinesh Karthik might have to make way for him. Shami's performance was a big plus for India and since the team sees Khalil Ahmed as a long term investment, they'd persue with him despite his disappointing show in Sydney. But if the pitch appears to be playing slow and has some turn to offer, India might be tempted to draft in Yuzvendra Chahal at the expense of one of the pacers.

The weather in Adelaide is going to be brutal with temperature soaring as high as 40 degrees. Indians are used to playing in such conditions but the big ground will mean that they'll be a lot of running for the fielders and the batsmen and it can cause fatigue in the players. Virat Kohli will want to regroup his players and come back hard at the Aussies to level the series. A 3-match ODI series doesn't give a lot of opportunities for a comeback in the series and the Indian team knows that it is going to be a do-or-die match for them when they face Australia in Adelaide. 

Virat Kohli who had a rare failure in the last match will like to contribute in the team's success in Adelaide and will also want his other batsmen to prove their mettle. Despite the loss, India still go in the 2nd ODI as favourites but now they are aware of the threats this Australian side poses and will want to deliver a clinical performance to bounce back in the series. Catch all the action from the 2nd of the three ODIs at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Tuesday, 15th January, 8:50 AM IST, 1:50 PM local.


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