With the historic run chase in Mohali, Australia managed to level the five-match series against India and the series-decider to be played in Delhi on March 13. In the fourth ODI, the Indian batsmen did not do much wrong but the bowlers underperformed collectively to allow Australia to chase down 359 runs with 13 balls to spare.
The comeback man, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was looking good in the first 10 over, but in the slog overs, he looked completely out of touch. He was clearly lost his rhythm as it has taken a hit due to the frequent breaks he has given in recent times. Either injury or breaks due to niggles has affected him and his death bowling is not as effective as it used to be.
However, the team management will be looking to give some more game time to Bhuvi as his form is crucial to India’s chances in the World Cup. On the other hand, even, Jasprit Bumrah also had a rare off day with the ball and neither were the spin twins effective.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav fail to show some dominance over the opposition as the former conceded 80 runs in his quota of 10 overs. The spinner, including Kedar Jadhav’s 5 overs, conceded 188 runs in 25 overs. But all this could have been invalidated if Rishabh Pant had managed to grab the missed chances when Ashton Turner was yet to take off and win Australia the game.
Pant will get another game to prove himself and he will have to perform in the must-win game in the World Cup squad ahead of Dinesh Karthik who is more reliable than the 21-year-old. India is likely to go in unchanged affording KL Rahul another chance at number 3 which means Virat Kohli will once again bat at number 4.
Predicted XI Of India For The Delhi ODI
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah