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India vs Australia 2013 Preview: Hosts looking to clinch decider at Bangalore

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Both India and Australia may be concerned about their bowling as this series has seen 300-plus totals © PTI

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Nov 1, 2013

India and Australia will battle it out for the series in the seventh and final One-Day International (ODI) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. It has been a series of 300-plus totals so far and India’s stunning run-chases at Jaipur and Nagpur have shown that even 350 is not safe. Heading to Bangalore, we may be in for another huge score given the shorter boundaries and a good batting surface.

India’s batting is set and they do not need to make any changes. Ravindra Jadeja has been advised rest after this series as he has a shoulder strain, so he has a chance to play at Bangalore. The top three have the punch to win games on their own. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan set the tone for the innings by seeing off the initial overs and then taking the attack. Virat Kohli has been phenomenal and returns to his “home-ground.” His experience of playing numerous Indian Premier League (IPL) games at Bangalore would come in handy here.

The only concern in the batting for India would be Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh. They have been troubled by the Australian seamers and the question over the No 4 spot still persists.

As far as the bowling is concerned, Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be a worried man. He tried to bring in the third spinner, Amit Mishra, for the last game and it did not work. Chinnaswamy Stadium would be even more tougher for the spinners given the shorter boundaries. So, one can expect a R Vinay Kumar to get back into the side in place of Mishra. Vinay Kumar plays for Karnataka and the Royal Challengers Bangalore and would have good knowledge of the surface. Shami Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar Kumar should hold on to their spots.

Australia’s batting looks very strong, now that Shane Watson is back in form with a ton in the last game. Aaron Finch sets things up and a strong start from him would be expected. George Bailey and Watson form the core in the middle and the onus would be on them to build on that start. Then, they also have Glenn Maxwell, who can be a floater and can adjust according to the needs of the team.

There may be a bit of concern over Xavier Doherty as he is yet to take a wicket in the series. That is why Bailey had thrown the ball to a Finch during the last game. In the fast-bowling department, Mitchell Johnson has been their best bowler, but has headed home to prepare for the Ashes 2013-14. James Faulkner and Clint McKay would hold on to their spots, but they need a third seamer to come in. Nathan Coulter-Nile may be an option, but there is also Moises Henriques, who is mainly an all-rounder.

An intriguing series heads to a conclusion. One expects another run-fest as there has been almost nothing for the bowlers so far. How much of an effect would the toss have on the result of the game? Both sides would certainly prefer chasing.

Teams:

India (probable): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, R Vinay Kumar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed.

Australia (probable): Phil Hughes, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, George Bailey (c), Adam Voges, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.

Time: 13.30 IST | 08:00 GMT

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)

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