India defeated Australia by 26 runs (DLS) method    Getty Images
India defeated Australia by 26 runs (DLS) method Getty Images

India took the lead in the 5-match ODI series against Australia at Chepauk on a rain-marred match, courtesy a blistering 118-run stand between MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. However, rains are posing a threat to second ODI well before the match goes underway at Eden Gardens. The live cricket streaming of the match will be available on on Hotstar, while the live telecast of the contest is available on Star Sports 1 HD and Star Sports 1 in English. Fans can also enjoy commentary in Hindi for ODI series between India and Australia on Star Sports 3 HD and Star Sports 3. Meanwhile, for some fun updates from the match follow our blog on CricketCountry.com.

India would expect their top order batsmen to make amends for a rare poor show in the series- opener and hope that the spinners continue to torment Australia. The Australians are struggling against India’s spin duo Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal and the hosts would like to ensure that it doesn’t get any easy as the series progresses. Kuldeep is proving to be a mystery for the Aussies. They are also trying to decode Chahal’s sliders. The visitors were seen taking the help of local wrist spinners to find tricks to counter the Indian bowlers.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen how the Australian spin resources challenge the formidable Indian batting line up. The visitors have three part-timers in Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head and Ashton Agar. It is also a challenging time for skipper Steven Smith, who needs to lead from the front. David Warner also must fire to set the foundation.

Australia will also look for handy contribution from their all-rounders – James Faulkner, Marcus Stoinis and Maxwell.

India and Australia will play only their second ODI at the Eden since their TVS Cup final in November, 2003 but a forecast of rain, is threatening to spoil the contest.