While India have surrendered the three-match ODI series, they cannot afford to let down whatever fight they have shown thus far against Australia. India would be desperately eyeing a consolation victory in the third ODI in Canberra on Wednesday that will enable them to stay in good stead ahead of the T20 and Test series. The visitors lost their 15th ODI in Sydney on Sunday by 51 runs after losing the first match by 66 runs.
India’s bowling attack has been the root cause of their woes in the ongoing series and their inability to pick wickets initially. It has resulted in the openers stitching century partnerships in two consecutive games, setting a solid base for the later batsmen to build strongly on it. Not only bowling, but their lacklustre ground fielding and dropping catches have also contributed to their troubles, allowing Australia to post 350 plus scores and in turn putting the Indian batsmen under pressure.
Hence, they would indeed be looking at triggering some changes, notably dropping Yuzvendra Chahal and Navdeep Saini due to their expensive spells and lack of wickets. India will also feel slightly relieved at the thought of David Warner and Pat Cummins missing out on the final ODI, bolstering their chances of winning the fixture. While it wouldn’t make the tourists’ job a cakewalk, it might get them early wickets to put pressure on Steve Smith, who has been a significant difference between the two sides.
Australia vs India 2020, 3rd ODI: Weather forecast:
A bright sunny day is predicted in Canberra on Wednesday as the rain forecast is of only three per cent. Nevertheless, the temperature will hover at 12 degrees Celcius.