India vs Australia 2nd ODI Preview: India will continue to experiment with their squads while looking to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series
Rahul or Rishabh, who should open for India?
Opener Shikhar Dhawan has failed to give consistent performance in ODIs and it would be helpful for the team if Rahul gets a chance to open the batting with Rohit Sharma.
In the absence of Dhawan in T20 International (T20I) series, Rahul has score of 50 and 47 runs in first and second T20 respectively. Indian team management may also look to give Rishabh Pant a chance at the top of the batting order given his brilliant hitting skills which can take the game away from opponents.
Ambati Rayudu failed in the first game but knowing his abilities and the backing he has from the team management, his place in the playing 11 is not in danger.
In form MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav strengthen lower order
Kedar Jadhav, who steered the team home with an unbeaten 81 in first ODI, has more or less sealed the number six position. He is also useful with his right-arm off-breaks, making him more valuable to the side.
On Saturday, it would have been pleasing for coach Ravi Shastri to see that 37-year-old Mahendra Singh Dhoni hitting form. His unbeaten 59 proved that his finishing skills are not on the wane. Dhoni and Jadhav now form a vital cog in India’s middle order, especially when the top order fails. Dhoni has been in prime of late form and every good outing will only boost his confidence ahead of the World Cup.
Here is the playing 11 probables of both the teams:
India playing 11: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan/K L Rahul, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shakar, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzuvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia playing 11: Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff/Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa
India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Pitch and weather prediction
The Nagpur pitch is likely to be flat and might get slower as the game progresses while weather in Nagpur is likely to be clear during the match.
India vs Australia 2nd ODI Live streaming details
Date and Day: March 5, 2019, and Tuesday
Place: VCA Stadium, Nagpur
Time: 1:30 pm (IST)
India vs Australia 2nd ODI match will be available live on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 in English Commentary and Star Sports Hindi HD in Hindi Commentary. One can also live stream the 1st T20 on Hotstar app and website.
Here are the squads of both the teams:
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja.
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), D’Arcy Short, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Andrew Tye, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon.