Australia travel to take on India in the hotly anticipated ODI series between the two old enemies which pits two outfits that are in a rich vein of form right now against one-another.
India vs Australia 2nd ODI – Friday, January 17 – 08:00 GMT
India will be looking to bounce back and level their One Day International series against Australia. The Australians won the opening game of this three-match series on Tuesday with a convincing 10-wicket win in Mumbai.
India batted first and were bowled out for 255 with KL Rahul top scoring for the hosts with 47. Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson all shone with ball in hand as they collected seven wickets between the three of them. That total was never going to be enough and Australia did not even lose a wicket as they chased down the total in 37.4 overs to take a 1-0 lead.
The star performers for Australia with the bat were openers David Warner and Aaron Finch as they both carried their bat with scores of 128 and 110 not out respectively. It’s safe to say that no one performed well with the ball for India as all five bowlers went for over 40 runs. Mohammed Shami was the most expensive as he went for a total of 58 runs from 7.4 overs – he will be looking for a better performance in Rajkot on Friday.
India will go into this second ODI against Australia without wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. To make matters worse, not only did the Indians get hammered in the first game, they will be without Pant after he picked up a concussion after being struck by a Cummins bouncer, meaning KL Rahul is expected to wear the gloves in his absence.
Australia are expected to name the same team that won in Mumbai. Why would you change a team that performed so well at both disciplines? Reports suggest that India are not overly concerned with this series, but the manner of that defeat on Tuesday will hurt their pride. Australia are a team that can smell the fear of their opponents and they will go straight for the jugular on Friday.
We cannot see anything other than a win for Australia in this one. Their batting and bowling line-ups are far superior to the Indians. India captain Virat Kohli will be looking for some form of redemption as he is the only skipper to ever suffer a 10-wicket defeat while playing for India against Australia.
It doesn’t matter if Australia bat first or field first, they will make light work of this Indian line-up. You cannot get better odds than evens on the Aussies to win this one, but we cannot really see any other outcome whatsoever.
David Warner was in fine form for Australia with an unbeaten century that featured 17 fours and three sixes in an innings that saw him face 112 deliveries. His partnership with Aaron Finch was a joy to watch and the pair are both expected to continue their fine form. We believe, on his day, Warner is one of the best ODI batsmen around and we are backing him to be the leading scorer for the second match in succession.