Play for pride. While series is already lost! Indians tried to put another good total at the MCG, but a pretty similar story. Australia ultimately ended up chasing it comfortably. A lot of questions in front of the Indian think tank. Lack of good bowlers? Fielding not upto the mark? Again short of runs? Let us see if we see any change in the story when India meets Australia in the 4th ODI at Manuka Oval, Canberra. Watch live streaming and telecast of India vs Australia 4th ODI on Star Sports and HotStar in India.
The third ODI brought some moments of excitement when Indian bowlers managed to take six wickets. MS Dhoni did some smart work behind the wickets resulting in a stumping and a run out. But drop catches were still pain in the arm for team India. And bowling was wayward after that. While Wasim Akram was of the opinion that Dhoni did a mistake by taking out Jadeja from the attack, it would be harsh for Dhoni who tried to manage his best; but again things didn't go his way.
MS Dhoni has now started receiving a lot of criticism. A series loss against Bangladesh was followed by another one against South Africa. Things aren't falling in place for Dhoni and his men in limited overs cricket since the conclusion of 2015 cricket world cup. With T20 world cup 2016 in the reckoning, they have a lot to do.
With two ODIs remaining, will Dhoni's men bring some respectable end to the scoreline? Or will it be Smith's men end up as the winners again? It all depends on how good the Indian bowlers perform in the coming matches.
Virat Kohli is on a roll. He became the fastest to score 7000 runs in One Day International cricket. He was highly impressive at the MCG where he scored a brilliant ton. He was so animated when he fielded, at times it felt he is leading the team.
Australia has already won the ODI series. They last lost an ODI match at home in November 2014 against South Africa. Since then the team has won 17 matches on the trot. They now hold the most consecutive ODI wins at home (17 matches) breaking the record of West Indies and Sri Lanka who had a record of 16 straight wins.
The way Australians are chasing big totals, it seems obvious that they may take this tally to 19 matches in this series. Smith and his men look very confident of winning the series 5-0. The bat is dominating the ball in this series but Australians have an upper hand with better fielding and 'less wayward' bowling.
For India, its time to play for pride. Time to gain some momentum ahead of Asia Cup and T20 World Cup 2016.