Cricket Column: Kohli looks to twist the knife at Indore

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The India vs Australia 3rd ODI match will be played at the Holkar Cricket Stadium Indore

Kolkata: Despite the half-centuries of captain Virat Kohli (92) and Ajinkya Rahane (55), India made 252 runs in the 50-over 50 overs against Australia in the second one-dayer match today. That has been India's best run in ODIs between November 2008 and February 2009.

India defeated Australia in the first ODI match at Chennai by 26 runs via D/L method.

Sehwag, who is now a part of the broadcasting unit spoke to TOI and said, "Team India presently seems to be as strong as Steve Waugh or Ricky Ponting's Australian teams".

On the other hand, Australia will need to pull up their socks in the batting department, which lacked a spark in the first two matches. The visitors' over-dependence on Smith and opener David Warner has also been a cause of worry for the tourists. Team India's last wicket dropped as Yuzvendra Chahal (2) on the last ball of the innings. Coulter-Nile has unswervingly put the ball outside off stump on good length, reminding of the Australian great Glenn McGrath, who was always a thorn in India's flesh with his teasing flawless line and length. Captain Virat Kohli (92 runs, 107 balls, eight fours) also got off before the team finished 200 runs. I don't read wickets too well, hopefully we can post a good total.

Steve Smith called correctly at the toss and elected to bat first at Holkar Stadium in front of a sold-out crowd.

The pitch curator has promised a lot of runs on this wicket and we may finally have the first 300 plus score of this series.

IST: On the other hand, India are now on an eight-match winning run, and hold an upper hand at Indore, where the men-in-blue have a 100 percent winning record (won all four of their matches so far).

Squads: India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja and Lokesh Rahul. Coming in as first change, India have got the flawless all-round option in Pandya, who also has done his part with the ball. As per reports, the Indian team demanded a blender be available in their dressing room as players avoid packaged juice which may contain extra sugar and carbohydrates.

Kohli, who was named Man of the Match, was delighted to have extended the series lead to 2-0, and said: "We didn't feel like we had enough at the break".

The hosts have their bowling combination working superbly for them.



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