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With Australia and India set to clash in the 4th One-Day International (ODI) at Canberra on Wednesday, the touring Indian cricket team will push to bounce back in the last two matches of the series. Australia have already taken the series 3-0 by winning the first three matches, and India’s wretched form Down Under against the hosts has not ended. India have lost 11 consecutive matches across formats to Australia in their backyard. With series already gone, India will not looking to end it on low note. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday saw some heroic records from India, with Virat Kohli scoring his maiden ton against Australia in Australia with two-half centuries already in his kitty. Rohit Sharma was unable to strike the chord in the third ODI at Melbourne but that gap was fulfilled by Shikhar Dhawan, who scored a half-century and some high note shots from the Indian skipper MS Dhoni. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs Australia 2015-16, 4th ODI at Canberra

Indian batsmen have been consistent in all matches so far, but power pact performances from Australia have ripped them apart in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne, despite going past 300-plus totals twice. Australia will be more confident when they take on India in the 4th ODI at Canberra, even though their bowling is not as sharp and experienced as it usually is.

In the first ODI, George Bailey and Steven Smith found sound rhythm when they secured a good partnership scoring centuries respectively. Australia won the second with ease once again, at Gabba. In the third, Glenn Maxwell’s destructive performance on Sunday surely turned the game around when India had chances to win when Australia’s top order started crumbling. India need not to reflect on their batting order, but they are definitely concerned with their bowling with none of bowlers doing their jobs. Umesh Yadav,  Barinder Sran and even Ishant Sharma have struck at crucial intervals but they have failed largely. ALSO READ: India vs Australia 2015-16, 4th ODI at Canberra: Preview

Australia will be bringing in their star players Nathan Lyon and David Warner in the squad, to continue having a strong side.  Australia’s batting line-up has never disappointed and with Warner’s inclusion, it will provide them more firepower. Josh Hazlewood’s exclusion might have depleted Australia in terms of experience, but Lyon’s inclusion fills it up. India have not announced any major changes on their side but having Ravindra Jadeja, Sran, and Umesh can make the difference for India. ALSO READ: Glenn Maxwell can be long-form specialist too, opines David Warner

India have to make an impact in the next two games to bring some spark in their first tour of the year. Let us have a look at the likely key battles we may get to see in the fourth India versus Australia 2015-16 ODI in Manuka Oval at Canberra:

MS Dhoni vs John Hastings: MS Dhoni is always vital for India in crucial situations.  So far on the Australia tour, he has shown skills with batting giving the necessary push to the team. He is yet to show those powerful shots that he possesses to bring down the curtains in  any match.   In Melbourne, he did show those potential but was caught at the wrong moment, by Maxwell. John Hastings has been in excellent form picking 3 wickets at Melbourne, accounting for Kohli, Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane, who were playing so well for their side. Hastings played an important role during the run out of Jadeja in 2nd ODI at Brisbane. It will be interesting to watch Dhoni going for his helicopter shots on Hastings spells.

Virat Kohli vs James Faulkner: This year has definitely been fruitful for Virat Kohli with tour to Australia, wherein he has scored two half-centuries in first and second ODIs at Perth and Brisbane respectively. To add the final touch he secured his maiden ton against Australia in their backyard on Sunday, and became the fastest to register 24 centuries and to pile up 7,000 runs in ODI cricket. The sledging between James Faulkner and Kohli made the contest ever more interesting for the fans, and the Australian had the last laugh by hitting winning runs for his side. Faulkner overall has been in good form this tournament picking two wickets in the series so far. Will there be some fireworks in the fourth ODI between these two players is something to watch out for.

Ajinkya Rahane vs Scott Boland: Many cricketers backed Ajinkya Rahane to excel in  the Australian tour and he did live up to their expectations. Rahane played an incredible innings in the second ODI. Rahane did not get to bat in the first ODI at Perth as Rohit and Kohli’s stand was enough to lead India to 300-plus total. It was in second ODI which showed his true talents striking 89 from 107 runs with four boundaries and one six. Scott Boland, who made his debut in this series, has not impressed yet but he did pick one wicket, of Dhoni in second ODI.  Boland had taken an athletic catch at Perth to dismiss Dhoni, and this pair will be worth to look out in the fourth ODI at Canberra.

Ravindra Jadeja vs George Bailey: Jadeja is the right pick for India when it comes to ODI and we can see the better side of him in T20 matches. His performance in the tournament has been 1 for 50 and 2 for 49 in the second and third ODIs. Bailey who is a hard hitter has come out strong and has been confident with his performance throughout the tournament with 112 in the first ODI and 76 in second, but didn’t have a good day with bat in Melbourne on Sunday. We need to see if Jadeja’s spin can restrict Bailey getting big score at Canberra.

Umesh Yadav vs Glenn Maxwell: Umesh Yadav has had an ordinary outing so far in Australia in second and third ODI, returning with the figures of 1 for 74 and 2 for 68 respectively. It was during Umesh’s spell when Maxwell was unable to complete his century and walked out for 96 from 83 balls. Maxwell is an intelligent batsman who can erupt at any moment and play his shots, and that’s exactly what happened at Melbourne when he helped the team who were in dire need to bring some runs on board.

(Shruti Hariharan is Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)