Australia may well have the Ashes at the forefront of their minds, but the team are set to make a quick stop on their way back home from Bangladesh, and Sunday see’s the first of their ‘pit-stops’, as they take on India, at one of the country’s most prestigious grounds.
While the Australians haven’t played any one-day cricket since they were eliminated from the Champions Trophy, during the early group stages, the team have managed to do fairly well since – despite facing a number of economic issues.
For example, the pay dispute of players has caused many issues for the side, with confederations around the world displaying anger towards the side for ‘prioritizing money over the sport’ – although the players’ simply argue that they deserve to be paid what they feel they’re worth.
Moving toward tomorrow’s feature, we’re likely to see Glenn Maxwell put on an impressive performance, and having scored 248 runs at 41 in the previous season, he’ll be keen to follow-up his last performance with decent form… so keep an eye on him, as he’s likely to be one of the key players on the side.
Looking at India’s side, it’s clear their main ‘weapon’ is going to be Captain Kohli, who’s been in tremendous form recently, scoring an incredible 330 runs in the ODI series, recently. Other players to watch out for, include Shikar Dhawan, and Rohit Sharma, who both managed to bat centuries in the side’s last game; a 50-over format.
Indeed, Sharma caused huge upsets to Australia last time the two teams met, scoring a whopping 491 runs inside just 6 innings – which included a double 100 – and it’s likely the Aussies will have been studying his technique, in order to avoid another embarrassing humiliation, like last time.
Going into the match, it looks like India are set to be the clear favourites – but Australia could well pull it out of the bag, especially if they’re capable of leaving behind their poor track record, and economic problems from the ground.
Expect to see play dominated by aggressive batting from the start – and a combination of fast, and spin bowling is likely to be employed by both sides, in an attempt to score early wickets, and knock-off some of the team’s better batters.