India would aim for a turnaround and avoid the whitewash as they look to finish the series on a high © Getty Images
India would aim for a turnaround and avoid the whitewash as they look to finish the series on a high © Getty Images

Visitors India take on hosts Australia in the fifth and final One-Day Inaternational (ODI) at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday. Australia, who already lead the series by a massive margin of 4-0 have already won the series convincingly and would aim to continue their winning spree against the former world champions as they aim for a 5-0 whitewash in this final tie at the SCG. However India, who have been on the receiving end, would aim for a turnaround and avoid the whitewash as they look to finish the series on a high and slavage some pride by winning the final tie. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs Australia 2015-16, 5th ODI at Sydney

India have not won a bilateral ODI series under Dhoni since they beat West Indies in 2014. In the interim they beat Sri Lanka 5-0 under Kohli and Zimbabwe 3-0 under Rahane. It should be noted that India under Dhoni had a fantastic run during ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, winning seven matches (and bowling out the opposition in each of those games) on the trot. However, that was followed by a 1-2 drubbing against Bangladesh, which took some sheen off their performance. India must regroup and find it in themselves to come back from the humiliating defeat of the fourth ODI. Live Cricket Updates: India vs Australia 2015-16, 5th ODI at Sydney

Australia are clear favourites ahead of the final ODI, and have a strong chance of making it a 5-0 whitewash. India will need to go above and beyond in order to pull off their first victory against Australia in Australia since 2012. India will need to show immense mental fortitude.

Squads:

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Rishi Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran.

Australia: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (c), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland, Joel Paris, John Hastings, Nathan Lyon, David Warner.