In the third and final ODI match of the bilateral series, India will take on Australia at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot tomorrow, i.e., September 27 at 1:30 PM IST.
It’s the third and final match before both sides head into the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. With the stars, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, and Kuldeep Yadav getting back into the side, indicating that India does not want to test anything anymore. Nonetheless, Shubman Gill and Shardul Thakur are being rested for the Rajkot ODI, mainly due to their workload. Axar Patel‘s inclusion was heavily dependent on his fitness; nevertheless, with Ravichandran Ashwin in the side, fans won’t miss the services of the hometown boy. Moreover, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj might get back into the XI, aiming to obtain a whitewash against the formidable Australian side before the big party next month.
Australia is in untenable circumstances after suffering successive defeats in the series. A few months earlier, the same Australian team defeated India 2-1, largely due to Mitchell Starc‘s wizardry with the ball. With the World Cup approaching, Australia may be tempted to unleash their favoured bowling attack, which includes Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. Their batting order, on the other hand, has lacked potency, with Travis Head struggling at the top and Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne having a difficult year in Indian conditions.
India and Australia have played each other 148 times in the 50-over format. Out of these, the Men in Blue have won 56 games, while Australia has triumphed in 82 instances. 10 games also ended without any result.
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