Australia vs India, 3rd ODI, Match Prediction

Australia vs India, 3rd ODI, Match Prediction

It's going to be stop-start, with the rain around, and as a batsman we are never in, so that's the idea. "All the boys are motivated for the game", says Virat Kohli after winning the toss.

With Dhoni marshalling the less-tested middle-order, and Kedar Jadhav still warming the bench, both Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik will aim to get some runs if they are to stay in contention for a berth in the 2019 World Cup squad.

The hosts have replaced Jason Behrendroff and Nathan Lyon with Billy Stanlake and leg-spinner Adam Zampa. The play is expected to start on scheduled time. India, on their part, do not have a praiseworthy record either, as they have managed to win only 12 ODIs against Australia in Australia out of the 50 matches played. The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground is buzzing around and it presents a great platform for Kohli and team to walk and script history by becoming the first Indian team to win a bilateral series in Australia.

On the Australian soil, Pant ended the five-Test series as the second-highest run-scorer after Cheteshwar Pujara, notching 350 runs in seven innings. Currently, the series is level and the third ODI will be a decider.

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In the absence of Hardik Pandya, India have used full-time seamers as their fifth bowling option both at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Adelaide Oval.

The visitors may sideline Mohammed Siraj and bring in either of Khaleel Ahmed and Yuzvendra Chahal. It becomes a particularly crucial aspect considering that India will go in with the same batting line-up as in the first two matches.

In that scenario, the team management could be tempted to test all-rounder Vijay Shankar on Friday or may opt for the leggie Yuzvendra Chahal, who has been warming the bench for the first couple of matches.

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