If one watched Indian team closely after the cricket world cup, there would a strong feeling that India is slowly losing its killer instinct. The team isn't able to convert close defeats into wins, 100 odd runs in last 10 overs, capitalising on early wickets, etc. And this is happening pretty regularly now. A match to begin the series which seems to be a win for India, turns out into a defeat. And once the team loses initial matches in a series, it gets difficult to bounce back. It would be interesting to see what does the Indian think tank have to deliver at Brisbane. Watch India vs Australia 2nd ODI live streaming and telecast live on Star Sports and HotStar with live Hindi and English commentary.
India looked good when Virat and Rohit were batting but somewhere things moved a bit slow till the end. Since the team hasn't been able to score much in the death overs, it would have been great if the team would have raised up the run rate a bit early. Still, team managed to score 309 which is a competitive total.
Indian bowling line up always under scanner. The unit clicked well in last world cup. There is too much of dependency on Ashwin and Jadeja and if they don't click on a particular day, the team seems struggling. In the 1st ODI, India looked sluggish when they tried to defend the total. After two early wickets, Indian bowlers couldn't perform to the optimum. Although the chase went on till the last over, but factually Australians looked on the top once Smith and Bailey were set for the chase.
Rohit Sharma was exceptionally well with his big ton. Kohli too did a splendid job. Fans are expecting Rohit to continue his good form. It is very important that Shikhar Dhawan scores well at the top. Middle order looks strong with Rahane. Pandey and Dhoni.
The pitch at WACA was relatively slower that what was expected from the track. It seems Gabba track would be quicker. This may trigger some changes in the playing XI for the teams. If we speak about the Indian side, MS Dhoni may go ahead with four quick bowlers. Ishant Sharma is fit and he may get a chance to play. Barinder Sran had an impressive debut and he will certainly get a go ahead.
Warner is away on a paternal leave and Mitchell Marsh will get a break too. Hence we can see some shuffing in the Australia's playing XI too. It would be interesting to see Shaun Marsh or Usman Khawaja in action.