India had an off day after riding high on Test success. How will the Men in Blue fare against the home team the next time they clash?
As an Australia vs India 2nd ODI goes down, the temperature is expected to rise at the Adelaide Oval. While meteorologists predict a rather hot day (the upper limit has been set at 38° Celsius), the pitch will be sizzling as well, thanks to a rivalry that cricket fans love to watch; Though the first ODI resulted in a 34-run loss for the Men in Blue, the side will be looking to regain dominance as they head into the second match of the series. This will be a do-or-die situation for the visitors because losing this match will translate into losing the series. Meanwhile, Australia already has a win in hand and will be gunning for another, not having forgotten their loss in the Tests.
India vs Australia 2nd ODI match preview
The 1st ODI was India’s first slip up after scripting a historic win in the Test series against Australia, becoming the first Indian team to do so. It was even more surprising for fans since the Men in Blue are widely regarded as a firecracker one-day side. However, their first defeat after the high is expected to have them thirsting for a taste of victory once again. Meanwhile, the home team will look to maintain their dominance in the three-match series. Having already clinched one victory, should the Aussies manage another, they will have won the ODI series. With both cricketing giants locking horns on January 15, 2019, it will be a clash of the titans that will have fans at the edge of their seats. So before the match kicks off, here’s a look at who will win the India vs Australia 2nd ODI match. ALSO READ: Top picks for your Ind vs Aus 2nd ODI Dream11 Team
Predicted playing XI for India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Team News
Having experimented with the lineup in the last ODI, India is expected to swap out wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik for all-rounder Kedar Jadhav. However, the rest of the squad is most likely to feature the same names. This will also include Ambati Rayudu, who will have to prove his mettle. Though he returned to an international pitch after being out of action for almost eight weeks, his performance could have been better and the reappearance was marred by allegations of suspected action. Dhoni’s 96-ball 51 — his slowest 50+ score, behind only the 114-ball 54 he scored against the Windies in 2017 — has put him in the spotlight. But Captain Cool will be gearing up to prove his critics wrong.
Meanwhile; on the Australian side, Vice Captain Mitchell Marsh may make a comeback after having recovered from the illness that kept him out of the 1st ODI. Alex Carey; revealed that he was available to be picked now that he is out of the hospital. Despite captaining the winning side in the 1st ODI, Aaron Finch was unable to rack up a high score as his wicket was picked up by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He will be looking to make a stronger impact in the 2nd fixture.
India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Who will win the India vs Australia match?
Although; India did not find a satisfactory result to the 1st ODI match of the series, we cannot entirely write off one of the best; international sides in the one-day world right now. Even as Australia have made a comeback after the Tests and have the home advantage, vice-captain Rohit Sharma has returned to the pitch and found form. He salvaged the score in the last fixture with his century, pushing the run total to 254 and lessening the gap between the chase and the target. Fans can expect him to push things to the next level in the 2nd ODI.
Meanwhile; though skipper Virat Kohli had his first off day in ages after seeing a spectacular 2018, one cannot simply write off a man whose contributions have to lead the team to cricketing glory in the recent past. Australia has been a happy hunting ground for the Indian side in the past and the Men in Blue have won their last ODI played at the Adelaide Oval in 2012.
How to watch India vs Australia 2nd ODI Live
The India vs Australia series will be telecast live on the Sony Sports Network. You can also stream Ind vs Aus 2nd ODI live on SonyLIV. However, to get a premium subscription on SonyLIV, you will have to register and pay a fee of ₹49 for a month.