For their skipper Steven Smith and his boys, the third game against India is a do or die encounter, as a loss at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore today, on September 24, 2017, will help India to seal the five-match series. But two wickets in two quick periods had India nervous at 206/4 in the 36th over with fall of Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav within five balls.
Victoria captain Peter Handscomb will take the gloves in Wade's absence as one of two changes made by the Australians, the other being the return of hard-hitting opener Aaron Finch for Hilton Cartwright.
The left-hander has posted single figures in his last five ODI innings, along with scores of five, four and eight in the recent Test tour of Bangladesh where it was speculated he might've been dropped and Handscomb handed the 'keeping duties.
After losing the first two matches, Australia are desperately looking for a solid start at the top. The captain who wins the toss will not have any hesitation to bat first, and they will be trying to put up a decent total on the board. "These three games are a must-win for us", Smith said at the toss at the Holkar Cricket Stadium.
On a flat pitch, Finch, along with David Warner, started steadily in the face of some disciplined bowling from Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
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The visitors were tormented by spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in both the matches so far, and though both Smith and David Warner denied having too many problems against them, the numbers suggest otherwise.
IST: Australian openers Aaron Finch and David Warner are out on the field. Australia has a better record in India, 25-23. Australia can, however, draw a lot of positives from the performance of their fast bowlers - Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins. This one is very interesting ODI series but in this match India vs Australia, India can display its skill as in many cases India proves its worth in the front of Australia.
'We're fine with fast bowlers, the player Adam Zampa said and he is happened to be classic at the match of the India vs Australia of this Sunday.
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.