One more win, and the series belongs to India    AFP
One more win, and the series belongs to India AFP

In the first contest, after peppering Yuzvendra Chahal over the leg-side field, Glenn Maxwell had heaved again to end the over with glory. The ball that was sent into the orbit could not travel beyond the boundary line. He could have taken a single and retained strike, but instead found the man at long-on.

At Kolkata, before Maxwell could dare to use his long handle, Chahal had him stumped. Maxwell has thus far has lost both fights to Chahal, falling prey to his leg-spinners.

The script is more or less similar for Maxwell s comrades as well: they yielded when the Indians went all guns blazing.

Given their reputation, Australia will pull out the swords resting in the sheaths and scythe with all their might to keep the series alive. Even if they go down, they will perish putting up a spectacular fight. Let us dish out key battles for the Indore contest.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs David Warner

Having captained Bhuvneshwar at Sunrisers Hyderabad, Warner knows the Indian pacer s strengths and weaknesses (if there are any). Warner had survived the in- and away-swingers in the opening contest, but he could not stop himself from edging one at Kolkata.

If Indore has a layer of grass, Bhuvi will emulate the form of dismissal. If Warner does not bother about the conditions and goes bonkers, Bhuvi will probably have to be taken away soon.

Virat Kohli vs Nathan Coulter-Nile

Coulter-Nile had Kohli caught at backward-point for duck in the first contest. Kohli made amends at Kolkata, and was on the verge of surpassing Ricky Ponting s tally of hundreds (30). But Coulter-Nile eluded Kohli of the milestone and knocked him over for 92. It is a battle between India s best batter vs Australia s best bowler.

MS Dhoni vs expectations

He is media s darling. The spectators go berserk when he takes the field. The commentators look for fancy words when is on the camera. What is Indian cricket without Dhoni?

We were glued to the TV when India were 64 for 4. In came the man for crisis, the one who has lifted India from ruins since goodness knows when. He scored 79, took India out of trouble, and we got the drama we asked for.

The second contest, however, was different. India were in a commanding position, and the stage for the Dhoni-esque innings was set. A 40-ball 65 or something was expected. Dhoni took only deliveries to collect a boundary, but that was it. He soon fell, and the boisterous Eden Gardens was silenced all of a sudden.

India won the match, but most were disappointed for Dhoni s failure. Yes, he has reached that stage of his career, for they find more joy in Dhoni s victory.

Steven Smith vs odds

Smith is too clinical to leave anything to chance. Every time Australia stares at the face of danger he seems to rise to the occasion and bail them out. The same was the case in the last match till he played a pull in the air. That being said, he had done his job, fighting all odds. It is his team that now have to deliver as a cohesive unit.