Indore ODI: Australia bat, Finch returns

Indore ODI: Australia bat, Finch returns

Having won his first toss of the series, Australian captain Steven Smith chose to bat first on a seemingly flat surface at the Holkar Stadium.

India squad (first three ODIs): Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami. Aaron?Finch and Peter Handscomb replaced Hilton Cartwright and Matthew Wade respectively.

Australia, who trail the five-match series 0-2, have made a couple of changes, while India have gone in with an unchanged eleven.

The 30-year-old lofted Bhuvneshwar for a straight six over long-off and hammered Kuldeep for a six and four in an over.

With batting collapses Australia's chief concern coming into the match, Finch provided a steady hand at the top of the order as he reunited with long-time opening partner David Warner. Australia won the toss and Steve Smith said the team will bat first.

Australia T20 squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.

"We would have batted first as well". They put together 154 runs for the second wicket before Finch fell to Kuldeep Yadav.

Brief Preview: Packed with an incisive bowling attack, confident India would look to pile on the misery for a struggling Australia and seal the five-match series when they clash in the third ODI on Sunday.

Though Kohli is not someone who plays for records, India's positive record in Indore indicate the Delhi man could equal this record of Dhoni, who is regarded as one of the best captains India ever produced.

On the batting front, besides Sharma, there will be intense focus on Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey.

In the past two encounters, Australia had an opportunity to ground the hosts twice but failed.

Surprisingly the credit of No.1-ranked India's success in the ongoing series goes more to the bowlers, who have managed to defend scores of 164 (revised target in 21 overs) and 252 in the first two matches.



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