If you read our last preview on 2nd ODI, you must have realised what exactly was the point made there. Those big efforts that turn into defeats rather than wins. That missing killer instinct! Criticism instead of appreciation! India lost the 2nd ODI exactly in the same fashion the way they did the first. The story, the scorecard, everything looked so similar. Another big ton from Rohit Sharma went in vain. High time, Indian bowlers should pull up their socks. Melbourne awaits! India lock horns with Australia in the 3rd ODI on a lazy Sunday at the MCG. Watch live streaming and telecast on HotStar and Star Sports with live Hindi and English commentary.
Two toss wins, two 300 plus scores, some beautiful peace of batting ended into two defeats for the visiting team. MS Dhoni showed his concern over the bowling. Ultimately the pitches are flat but still the bowlers need to provide some breakthroughs here and there. 300 plus score is certainly defenfable even in this era of quick T20 cricket. While Dhoni expects 30 extra runs from the batsmen, will that really help? Won't Australia have a quicker approach while batting second to cross over the 330 mark? The loop hole here lies with the bowling attack. And of course Dhoni would look helpless.
Full marks to the Australian batting side that has set the chases right till now. Be it Perth or Brisbane, they have played the right game. Their fielding has been superior. Indians have missed some vital chances by dropping catches. In cricket, you need to take those opportunities. They say 'catches win matches'!
Smith and Bailey did the job for Australia in the first ODI. while it was Finch and Marsh who played the anchoring role in the second. Glenn Maxwell is yet to fire but his heroics were anyways not needed. The top four did the job well in first two ODIs.
Batting hasn't been an issue for either of the sides. With regards to India, Rohit has been the highest run scorer so far in this series with two centuries. Kohli has looked rock solid. Ajinkya Rahane was impressive in the second match. Shikhar Dhawan's dismal form is a concern for the team. MS Dhoni doesn't look the same hard hitter now.
The spin duo Ashwin and Jadeja haven't provided the valuable breakthroughs. Bhuvaneshwar doesn't look in form. Ishant Sharma looked rusty while Umesh Yadav leaked runs when it was time to control the situation. The only Indian bowler who has impressed so far has been Barinder Sran. Three wickets in the first ODI and a wicketless yet good bowling effort in the second!
If Dhoni wins the toss here at the MCG, he might be tempted to bowl first this time and set a chase. It's worth taking a chance now. It's a do or die situation for India. A loss here would seal a series win for the mighty Australians.
Can India have an attitude of Never say Never in this match? Or will it be another comfortable win for the Australians? Just wait till the Sunday evening and we will have an answer to these questions!