Australia won the toss and decided to field first against India in the second One-Day International at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur.
Here is what the captains said:
“We’re going to have a bowl. We expect it to spin a bit and hopefully when the lights come on, it might play better. We didn’t play our best in the last game, obviously Dhoni and Jadhav played well to get them across the line. A bit more improvement in the batting and bowling should help.”
“We wanted to bat first, pretty much a no-brainer. Not much dew in the evening and it’s a dry surface. Not typical of the kind of pitches you get here, doesn’t look like it will bounce much. We expect it to deteriorate further as the game progresses. We have the same team.”
The result or the outcome of this series was always going to be secondary, keeping in mind the ICC World Cup this summer. Both the teams had already made it clear that the series will be used as a preparation for the World Cup and India will be delighted with the way the first game panned out. Their bowlers did fine as usual and the middle-order rose up to the occasion to take the team home after a rare failure from the top-order. Shikhar Dhawan’s poor form will be a major area of concern but given the way the southpaw has performed in ODIs since his debut, the team will be confident he will turn things around quickly.
For Australia, they will be desperate to see their skipper Aaron Finch regain his form. Finch’s form is showing no signs of improvement as he was out for a duck in the first ODI. Australia will be also concerned with their batsmen’s failure to score quickly in the middle overs when India’s spinners operate in tandem. Shaun Marsh is likely to play the game and the visitors will be confident of a good batting show in Nagpur.
Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch(c), Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah