India and Australia have played 120 One-Day Internationals against each other. Aussies leading the scoreline by 74-46. India have won only 12 ODIs against Australia out of 50. India have lost 36 and 2 ended without a result. India’s win rate against Australia in Australia is thus 24.00%. After losing the first ODI, the Men in Blue bounced back in the second One-Day game against the Aussies and leveled the series. Now both these sides will face each other in the third and deciding fixture at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on Friday, January 18.
In their last outing at MCG in 2016, India posted 295/6 in their 50 overs, but the Aussies chased down their target in the penultimate over of the match to seal a three-wicket win.
India have never won any bilateral ODI series in Australia.
The Indian camp would have been relieved after leveling the series and now aiming for a rare chance to complete the Test and ODI double over Australia in Australia.
MS Dhoni is in top form at the moment and has cracked back to back fifties .The Wicketkeeper-batsman has been the backbone of India’s batting line-up and the team will need him to continue the good work. Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli played a captain’s knock scoring 104 runs off 112 balls. Rohit Sharma has proved to be the spearhead for the Blues yet again. These two will be expected to come out all guns blazing in the final ODI.
Mohammed Shami (3/58 in second ODI) will have a major role to play with the ball in Melbourne. The Aussies have struggled to score off him and the pacer is likely to make things tough for them in the final ODI as well. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has been the leading wicket-taker for the Men in Blue so far and picked six wickets in two matches and him together with Kuldeep Yadav, who troubled the tourists in the series opener, will be expected to pick some wickets upfront. Vijay Shankar might get the nod in the final ODI
Expected Playing XI
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), MS Dhoni (W), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik ,Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Khaleel Ahmed
Australia will be a little disappointed with the result in the last game as they were in a strong position to win the clash but made few silly mistakes on crucial moments, which they would like to avoid in the next game. Still, the Australian side may take a lot of positives from the previous match.
Shaun Marsh certainly raised the bar in the batting department and once again.He cracked an impressive 54 in the first ODI followed by dating 131 in the second ODI to help his side post a decent total after early jolts. Meanwhile, Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell scored 73* and 49 in respective fixtures and these two along with Stoinis will be expected to put their best foot forward in the series decider.The Aussies will also need skipper Aaron Finch to score some runs at the top order.
Jhye Richardson has been the most successful bowler in the series with five wickets. Apart from him, Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff have also done a good job with the ball.