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3rd ODI: India eye series win against Australia in Dhoni's hometown Ranchi

A file photo of Indian Cricket team. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team Ranchi, Jharkhand, India Mar 07, 2019, 07.56 PM (IST)

With an unassailable 2-0 lead, dominant Indian cricket team will be eyeing the five-game ODI series, as the hosts will lock horns with visitors Australia in the third ODI in MS Dhoni's hometown, Ranchi, on Friday.

The Men In Blue, who lost the T20 series, won the first two ODIs held in Hyderabad and Nagpur, respectively.

However, Virat Kohli led side are facing some concerning issues with their top-order batting, considering the 2019 World Cup which is now just two months away. 

Opener Shikhar Dhawan's poor run of form, in particular, has affected India's starts of late. To put things in perspective, Dhawan has scored only two half-centuries in the last 15 ODIs.

However, the hosts are unlikely to experiment with the winning combination in the third game also. 

KL Rahul, who has found his form, may have to wait till India clinch the series, but the team management could well try him out at number three.

The two victories - by six wickets and eight runs - weren't exactly convincing but pulling off close matches under pressure will certainly add to team's confidence. 

On the other hand, India's bowling has been flawless as Australia failed to reach 250 in both games.  

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and last game's hero Vijay Shankar have proved their worth. Considering the exposure he needs to be included in the World Cup playing XI, Shankar might be given the following three games also.  

Meanwhile, Vice-captain and opener Rohit Sharma looked good in the first game but didn't do much damage in the next. 

Kedar Jadhav and Dhoni shepherded India in the first match and didn't trouble the scorers in the second game. 

Ambati Rayudu, whose only significant knock was the 90 against New Zealand in the last away series, has also been inconsistent and can be replaced by Rahul.

Australia, on the other hand, would do everthing to keep the series alive by playing their best in Friday's must-win fixture.

Australia have majorly fell behind India in run-making was the number of singles they took. The side is finding it difficult to keep the strike rotating. 

Aaron Finch broke his batting rut, Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb looked impressive, and Marcus Stoinis essayed the finisher's role to near perfection in the second ODI. They would be expected to keep their momentum going.
 
Probable Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant.

Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff.