The 66-run defeat is not the way India would have expected his return to international cricket. Apart from his batting showing some spark, India’s bowling was jagged and Absal was fielding. More so, the fact that one of the strongest pace attacks in the world was taken for 374 runs highlighted issues worrying for Virat Kohli. There is no sixth bowler, and even if India have to play a single, it comes at the cost of toppling the batsman, which is unlikely to happen for Kohli.
Said that, with the series on board, India is expected to fix some aspects. Start with the strongest suite, which is his bat at the moment. KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer will be kicking themselves the way they got out. With over 650 and 400 runs respectively in the IPL, India would expect better from them. Of course, there is Kohli, who looked like a million rupees while stopping the top edge, who survived a quick-drawn shot that led to his dismissal. The biggest plus is Hardik Pandya’s arrival as a batsman. Pandya’s innings was consumed by every player in the dressing room and not a single Indian cricketer walked until he returned.
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Then there is the fielder, which needs to be tightened. Retro jerseys produced a spectacular retro fielding performance from India, with catches missed and missed on the field. With a slight improvement there, the chances of Kohli’s men coming out better. As far as bowling is concerned, India are expecting better performance from their five frontline bowlers, with the sixth bowler option being zero at the moment.
After drawing the first blood, Australia has an edge over India in the second ODI. With another flat deck offering and limited swing on offer, his batting threat once again overshadowed India. They were ruthless and strong, especially batting and based on what the world saw on Friday, they have a lot more depth in their squad than their Indian counterparts with the XI. He was beaten 1-2 last time. Now there is also an opportunity for Aaron Finch to thwart his fifth consecutive ODI defeat of the world No.2 ODI team.
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what: India vs Australia, second ODI
When: Sunday, November 29, 2020
place: Sydney Cricket Ground
Time: 9:10 AM IS
India is likely to give Navdeep Saini a cure for his back spasms and give T Natarajan time to make his international debut. Natarajan is expected to be liked by Shardul Thakur given his superb form in the IPL due to the fact that it gives India a left-handed seaming option. The rest of the line-up should remain unchanged.
Possible XI: Probable XI: 1 Mayank Agarwal, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 KL Rahul (wk), 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Mohammed Shami, 9 Yuzvendra Chahal, 10 T Natarajan, 11 Jasprit bumrah
Like India, Australia is also dealing with the issue of injury. Marcus Stoinis is a doubtful start for the second ODI after taking a side strain in the first game. In this case, Chris Green is a likely candidate to be given his first international cap. However, Moises Henriques also seems like a kind of replacement for
Possible XI: 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (capt), 3 Maranus Labuschagne, 4 Steve Smith, 5 Chris Green / Moises Henriques, 6 Alex Carey, 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 Adam Zampa
Statistics and general knowledge
– India have lost their last four ODIs
– India has won only five ODIs out of 21 in the SCG
Virat Kohli needs 69 runs to score 2000 ODI runs against Australia and 112 runs to complete 12000 runs in the format.
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