David Warner and Kuldeep Yadav    AFP
David Warner and Kuldeep Yadav AFP

Australia finally won an overseas ODI after 367 days. They also managed to open their account in the ongoing five-match series versus India. It wasn’t a complete performance at Bengaluru, but helped them earn a point in the scoreline. India rightly tinkered with their line-up but couldn’t get the desired result. As the ODIs reaches the finale, both sides will be eager to have the last laugh at VCA Stadium, Nagpur. Let us walk through some key battles which may unfold on Sunday:

David Warner vs Kuldeep Yadav: “If you are all over a batsman, you don t feel the pressure. I (Kuldeep) think (David) Warner is under pressure when he is playing me. He feels I can get him out any time. I feel good when I bowl to Warner. I set up a plan when I bowl to him. Hopefully, I will get him out on more occasions”, Kuldeep told reporters after the first ODI.

In addition, Warner responded to Kuldeep by saying, “He has been doing well and he has confidence that is what he brings to the table. But when he speaks like that, he is bringing the pressure on himself.”

Kuldeep dismissed Warner in his debut Test at Dharamshala. He even got rid of him on few occasions in IPL 2017. In this series, he sent off Warner once from 3 games. Will India bring him back to dismiss Warner cheaply at Nagpur?

Yuzvendra Chahal vs Steven Smith & Glenn Maxwell: Smith averages 31.50 in the series. A batsman of his caliber won’t be pleased with such numbers. The Australian skipper will be eager to score big, and help his side pull off another win ahead of T20Is.

On the other hand, Chahal has been Virat Kohli’s go-to bowler in recent times. He will be eager to dismiss Smith; who plays spin well. Chahal has Maxwell, Travis Head and Matthew Wade’s wickets in the series. He will like to add Smith to his list as well.

On the other hand, it is not an unknown fact that Chahal has dominated Maxwell. He leads him 3-0 in the series. If Maxwell plays and Warner-Aaron Finch provide another blistering start, the stage will be set for another Maxwell-Chahal face-off.

Finch vs India bowlers: Ever since Finch has made a comeback, he has looked in ominous touch. To be honest, Indian bowlers have not actually ‘earned’ his wicket. He has perished trying to dominate after staying there for long. The Indian attack will be focused on getting rid of him early. After all, Finch anchors Australian innings, and knows how to deal in boundaries.

So who will get the better of Finch?

Rahane vs 50s: Ajinkya Rahane is in form. He is doing everything asked for. Is it? No.

For Rahane to really challenge the Indian selectors and cement a place in the ODI setup, he has to convert his fifties into big hundreds. The right-hander is in sublime touch with 3 half-centuries in the series. Nonetheless, Shikhar Dhawan will walk into the side on his return. Rahane has to be on his toes and stitch a big innings, rather than scoring the usual 50s. In the series, he averages 45.75 and will want to end with a century.

Rahane has 3 tons and 22 fifties. That says it all. Will he register three figures at Nagpur? It will also be his last audition before the next series.

4-1 vs 2-3: Australia are ranked No. 3 in ICC ODI rankings. It will be a humiliation if they lose 1-4. Meanwhile, India have just slipped to No.2 after the Bengaluru loss. They will not want to concede back-to-back victories to Australia and retain the top spot. Both the teams will be adamant to press hard for a win and stamp their authority in the last ODI.

While India will want to stretch the overall scoreline, Australia will want to curb further defeat. With T20Is to follow, both sides will like to take the momentum forward.