Australia: Nothing to lose, Everything to Gain

In the fourth ODI, the Australian team will come out with a nothing-to-lose attitude. Which is, undoubtedly, the most dangerous state any team can be in. As India has already won the series so now for the Australian team it’s more about their pride than anything else.

For the Kangaroos, it’s  now more about winning an ODI than winning against India, because if they go on to lose this match also, then it would be their 11th consecutive defeat in the ODIs. It’s a phase that Australian cricket has never been. So they are expected to take the field all-guns-blazing in the 4th ODI because if they don’t, then they’ll put themselves in a position, recovery from where will become more and more difficult. If they lose this ODI also then they’ll slip to the 4th position in the ICC ODI ranking.

As far as the Indian team is concerned, they are currently on a different level on and off the field. With a 3-0 lead in the series against the world champions who knocked them out of the World Cup in 2015, they seem all set to destroy the Kangaroos yet again and take their revenge.

With all the players being on the top of their game it seems very difficult for the Kangaroos to even give any sort of fight to the mighty Indian team. Unlike the current situation of the Australian side, if India goes on to win this match then they’ll win their 10th consecutive ODI which will be a record in any format for the Indian team. This will also take them to the top of the ICC ODI ranking.

Pitch

The major problem for the Australian team on this tour has been their batting, especially on slow pitches, supporting any sort of turn. Though the Indore wicket gave the Australian batsman some reason to continue with this tour,  the case this time is supposed to be completely different.

The wicket in Bangalore is supposed to be slow, sluggish and spin friendly which is as big a nightmare as there can be for the Kangaroos. As far as the weather is concerned, there isn’t a good news for the Indian supporters(not sure about the Australians). As there has been thunder and showers on the game eve. So is expected to be the case on the day of the game.

Team News

Australia

As far as the Australian squad is concerned, Cummins may not play as he didn’t attend the only practice session before the 4th ODI due to the upcoming Ashes series. So, Faulkner may get a place in the playing eleven.

Adam Zampa may also get the chance to be a part of the squad due to the injured Ashton Agar. Apart from this as was observed in the practice session, Peter Handscomb may maintain his place in the squad.

India

On the other hand, KL Rahul spent a lot of time in the practice session prior to the 4th ODI which indicates that he might get a chance to be in the playing eleven which means that Rahane might be rested for the 4th ODI.

Apart from this, Axar Patel may also get the chance to play as he was seen practicing intensely in the nets, bowling to Dhoni. He even did some batting practice against some throws.

Records to look out for

  • Kohli needs 13 more runs to become the fastest captain to reach 2000 runs.
  • India lost their last ODI in Chinnaswamy way back in 2003 against Australia itself.
  • Rohit Sharma needs two more sixes to become the only Indian to hit 50 sixes against an opposition in ODI.
  • It is also the 100th ODI of David Warner.

 

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