IND vs. AUS 3rd ODI: The decider of the three-match ODI series between India and Australia will be played on March 22 at Chepauk, Chennai. Things are not going to be very easy for the Indian team in this match. We say this because of what has happened before in this series and the kind of tone here. Looking at that, this Rohit Sharma-led team will have to be careful here. Especially with Mitchell Starc taking eight wickets in two matches, Indian batsmen will need to be careful in the opening overs.
Let us tell you, Chepauk’s cast is generally not considered very fast. Bowlers can get help here as seen in previous IPL and international matches. Then there is also a rain prediction on game day. In such a situation, there may be help for the fast bowlers at the start of the match, ie in the opening overs of the first innings. In both games of this series, left-arm fastballer Mitchell Starc has been seen to have troubled Indian hitters. He took 3 wickets in Mumbai and five wickets to his name in Vizag. This means that if the Indian batsmen are to win here, then the big puzzle will have to be solved.
Will the 6-year wait at Chepauk end?
The Indian team has contested 8 ODIs this year and after seven straight wins, they picked up their first loss of the year at Vizag. That loss was very embarrassing. Because Team India were down to just 117 runs and Team Kangaroo won the match by 10 wickets in just 11 overs. Now it’s the turn of the series decider Chepauk. The Indian team has played a total of 14 matches at this ground, out of which seven teams have won and only seven have lost. That is, the record is not very good. The India team played the last match here in the year 2019 against the West Indies in which they had to face 8 wicket defeat. At the same time, the team got the last win against Australia in 2017. That is to say, now after 6 years, Team India again has a chance to beat the kangaroos and this time the series is also on the line.
What is Team India’s problem?
The Indian team’s biggest problem that has arisen in this series is the failure of the higher order. Mitchell Starc has demolished the Indian top order in both matches. In Mumbai too, Team India lost three wickets for 16 runs. After this, half the team was in the arena for 80 races. Thanks to KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja. While the goal was also small, they both persevered and led the team to victory. But this did not happen in Vizag. None of the Indian batsmen were able to survive. Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav couldn’t even open their accounts. Surya’s form is cause for concern. In such a situation, there may be one last chance for him in Chennai. Where he has to do something special or he can be knocked out of the ODIs.