After suffering defeat in Ranchi, India would be aiming to bounce back and seal the ODI series when they take on Australia in the fourth one day international at Mohali on Sunday.
Australia had run India close both in Hyderabad and Nagpur, and finally got their act together in Ranchi to keep the series alive. Their batsmen set the tone with Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja adding nearly 200 runs for the first wicket, and their bowlers- Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa in particular, picked up wickets at key intervals as India failed to chase down 314.
India would’ve ideally liked a win in Ranchi to experiment a bit in the final two ODI’s. Nevertheless, Virat Kohli’s men are expected to change things up a bit on Sunday. Dashing young batsman Rishabh Pant is all set to keep wickets in the final 2 games after veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni was given a break.
Pant would be looking to make most of the opportunity and book his spot for the World Cup, given that the No.4 position in the squad also appears to be up for grabs after Ambati Rayudu’s three failures so far. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to make his first appearance of the series, with Mohammed Shami expected to be rested as a precaution following a blow to his leg while attempting to stop the ball off his own bowling in the third ODI.
The opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have failed to give India a solid start at the top. In the three innings played so far, vice captain Rohit has scored just 51 runs, while his partner Dhawan has fared worse- just 22.
The Men in Blue would be hoping for the reliable opening pair to come good before the World Cup in England.
Barring skipper Virat Kohli who has scored two hundreds, none of the other Indian batsmen have really got going.
Another potential change could come if KL Rahul gets a go, either at the expense of one of the openers or in place of Rayudu.
Australia have happy memories of this ground. They’ve won five of the six ODI’s played at the PCA Stadium, and have beaten India at this venue o their 2009 and 2013 tours.
India likely XI
Shikhar Dhawan/ KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/ Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal/ Ravindra Jadeja & Jasprit Bumrah
Australia likely XI
Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch (C), Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson & Adam Zampa