India and Australia will clash in the third and final ODI of the series on Wednesday at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot. India have already put their claim over the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead and will be aiming to clinch the series 3-0. The surface of Rajkot is another batting-friendly wicket and is anticipated to assist the batters once again throughout the game. There is very little assistance on offer for the pacers early on, and the spinners will have to toil hard for wickets here on this track.
Team India bucketed the first two ODIs of the series by 5 wickets and 99 runs respectively and is in great form. For India, the duo of Shubman Gill (104) and Shreyas Iyer (105) stitched a 200-run partnership in the second ODI. KL Rahul added 52 while Suryakumar Yadav scored an unbeaten 72. With the ball, Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked 3 wickets each while Prasidh Krishna grabbed a couple of scalps.
Australia, on the other hand, will be looking to end the series on a high note. For Australia, David Warner (53) and Sean Abbott (54) were the only two to score half-centuries in the second ODI. With the ball, Green picked a couple of wickets while Cummins, Hazlewood, and Abbott grabbed 1 each.
A great contest is anticipated between India and Australia on Wednesday. Both teams have quality batters and bowlers, and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.
India captain Rohit Sharma has revealed that he has just 13 players to pick from for the third and final ODI against Australia on Wednesday. India are depleted through a combination of resting players, a few of them going home due to personal reasons and an injury. Rohit also said that a viral fever is going around in the squad and the aim was to keep them fit and ready for the World Cup.
India will be without Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur and Hardik Pandya, who have all returned home, while Axar Patel is out injured and Shubman Gill has been rested. This means Rohit in reality has just 12 players to pick from.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
The visitors have their share of returnees with regular skipper Pat Cummins coming back as well as left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc. Glenn Maxwell could be available too.
India have already won the series 2-0 and will be looking to clinch the series 3-0. However, they will need to overcome the challenge of a depleted squad. Australia, on the other hand, will be looking to end the series on a high note and will be boosted by the return of their regular captain and other key players.
Probable XI: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
Fantasy XI Suggestion 1:
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, David Warner (vc), Virat Kohli (c), Steven Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Cameron Green,Mohammad Shami, Adam Zampa, Mohammad Siraj
Fantasy XI Suggestion 2:
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), David Warner, Virat Kohli, Steven Smith (vc), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Cameron Green, Mohammad Shami, Adam Zampa, Mohammad Siraj