Ind vs Aus


After Indore, focus shifts to Bengaluru as fourth match of the on-going ODI series between India vs Australia will be played in the city on Thursday. With 3-0 lead, the home team India sits pretty confident while Australia looks to win for their pride with this game. 4th ODI match is scheduled to start at 1:30 PM IST | 6 PM AEST on Thursday, 28th September 2017.



Three victories in a row assured the series for India already, Virat Kohli and men eyes on two more wins and win the series with whitewash. Team India started the series with top order failure in the first match, but at the end of last match both top order and middle-order regained their forms and looks solid for the next match on Thursday. This is going to be a big game for the captain Virat Kohli personally, as he plays at his RCB’s home ground since the IPL season in May. Shikhar Dhawan who left the squad due to personal reasons, not yet back into the side for the last two remaining matches while Axar Patel is back in the side as he regained fitness. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane will open the innings for Team India once again in this game. After that poor batting in the first game, Rahane back with two half-centuries in a row and he is expected to make it 3 in a row. Rohit Sharma also batted well in the last game and scored much needed 70 runs in the top order. Remember he scored a double-century against Aussies at this same venue 4 years ago, he could do the same once again if the day goes in his way. Captain Virat Kohli still looking for his 31st ODI ton, as he playing at his well known ground, hope that he will achieve the feat on Thursday.

Two local boys Manish Pandey and KL Rahul will fight for the position at no. 4 in the batting order once again. Rahul has played plenty of IPL matches at this ground while Manish has found his form back in the last game. Both are deserving candidates to bat at no. 4, but chances are higher for Manish Pandey. The former captain MS Dhoni does his job well for past 2 months. After scored match winning 79 in the first game, Dhoni has scored 5 and 3* respectively. He was in fine form, possibilities are high for him to shine once again on Thursday. Kedar Jadhav thrown out his opportunities in the last game in Indore, where he tried unwanted shots and dismissed for just 2 runs. Kedar’s part-time spin option may come into play in tricky pitch like in Bengaluru, that may hold his place in the XI on Thursday. The lone specialist all rounder in the side, Hardik Pandya has shown another all round performances in Indore by scoring 78 runs with a bat and 1 for 58 with a bowl in that high-scoring game. He won two man of the match awards already in the series, guess that he would come with another show-off in Bengaluru. As Axar Patel is back, there could be some argument between Axar and Kuldeep for one spot in the XI. Kuldeep used to pick wickets, but he bowls expensive spells in past two games. That may bring in Axar into the equation on Thursday. Yuzvendra Chahal, another RCB player who has plenty of experiences at this venue. Remember what Chahal has did when he played for Team India last time at this ground in February. He claimed 6 wickets in his 4 overs spell against England in 3rd and final T20I, those experience makes him as most impact bowler for this game. Both Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah does their job well with new ball and also at slog overs, which means Shami and Umesh are expected to wait more for their turns.



As the series already gone out of the hands of Australia, Steven Smith led-side would look to win remaining matches for their own pride. After first two disappointing matches, Australia top order came good in Indore on Sunday. Aaron Finch who did not play in first two matches with an injury, came with strong display of 124 runs in the last game. For the first time in the series, Australian openers gave a stand of 70 runs for the first wicket and added 154 runs for the second wicket. When Finch and Smith were batting, everyone thought that Australia would post over 330 runs in 50 overs, but with middle-order collapses they were posted 293 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. While defending the good target, once again bowlers leaked runs and presented a victory to the home team. Ashton Agar who bowled with fractured finger in Indore ODI, has been ruled out from the tour. That means Adam Zampa will get back into the XI on Thursday. The promising openers of Australia, David Warner and Aaron Finch will open the innings once again in this game. Warner has played well in the last game, but unfortunately missed his half-century by 6 runs short. Finch made a name with his an amazing century on that day. Both openers are key factors for Australia, hopefully they will give up some tough time for Indian bowlers.

The Captain Steven Smith has scored back-to-back half centuries in last two games, he is the pillar of Australia’s batting order and hopefully he will fulfill the expectations with his performances on Thursday. The IPL experiences of Travis Head who played for RCB at this ground would come into play and that would help him to score runs. He played a good knock in the second match, chances are high for him to come with surprising knock on Thursday. The power-hitting all rounder Glenn Maxwell has scored 39 runs off 18 balls in the first match, since that he scored 14 and 5 runs respectively. He should learn from his mistakes and the short boundaries in Bengaluru will help him to play his big shots. Marcus Stoinis batted well in last two matches where he scored 62* and 27* respectively. But, he failed to bowl an economical overs. He will possibly keep his place in the XI, guess that he will come with good performances with both bat and bowl this time. Peter Handscomb who replaced Matthew Wade in the last game, batted no. 7 and scored only 3 runs. He is expected to come up in the order as he generally plays at 4 or 5 in the batting order. Pat Cummins has bowled well in last two matches and claimed 3 wickets. He is capable of scoring runs as well, which means he will keep his place safe. Kane Richardson who made a mark with 3 wickets at Kolkata, has claimed 1 for 45 in Indore. As Australia looks for shuffling the XI and also for winning combination, James Faulkner may come into the XI. That case either Richardson or Stoinis would make a for Faulkner. The best bowler of Australia on the tour, Nathan Coulter-Nile has picked 7 wickets in 3 matches and assures his place in the XI. Coulter-Nile will utilizes the surface of Bengaluru and makes him as a key bowler for this match.




  • Ajinkya Rahane
  • Virat Kohli
  • Rohit Sharma
  • MS Dhoni
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Yuzvendra Chahal
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  • Jasprit Bumrah



  • Aaron Finch
  • Steven Smith
  • David Warner
  • Travis Head
  • Peter Handscomb
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile
  • Pat Cummins




1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Ajinkya Rahane, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. Manish Pandey / KL Rahul, 5. MS Dhoni, 6. Kedar Jadhav, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Axar Patel / Kuldeep Yadav, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Yuzvendra Chahal, 11. Jasprit Bumrah.



1. David Warner, 2. Aaron Finch, 3. Steven Smith, 4. Peter Handscomb, 5. Travis Head, 6. Glenn Maxwell, 7. Marcus Stoinis / James Faulkner, 8. Pat Cummins, 9. Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10. Adam Zampa, 11. Kane Richardson.



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