India beat Australia by 50 runs in Kolkata on Thursday to go 2-0 up in the five-match series. The third match is at Indore on Sunday. only the 5th ODI at the venue. Join expert capper for and in-depth coverage.
At Kolkata, India scored 252 and was bowled out in the first innings of a home ODI for the first time since January 2013, 13 innings ago.This looked like a tight be a below-par score and India were indebted to Virat Kohli once again, who followed up his duck in the first game with a top scoring 92 supported by Rahane with 55. India though lost their way after a big partnership between the two players.
Chasing 253, Australia fell to 10-2 in reply but looked well on course for victory when Steve Smith was at the crease in his 100th ODI supported by Head then by Stoinis. However, the game turned when India’s spinners took a stranglehold on the game with five wickets combined including a hat-trick by Yadav which meant that India got home comfortably.
India is a formidable proposition in home conditions. A high-powered top six led by Kohli is backed up by mid to late order hitting from Dhoni and Pandya if required. With the ball, Kumar and Bumrah are accomplished seam bowlers in the format and the young spinners have talent on helpful pitches.
Australia is up against it in these conditions despite their own strengths. Warner, Sith, and Maxwell form the core of the batting line up but the rest of the top six with Cartwright, Head, and Stonis has a transitional look.
As you would expect the fast bowling attack is dangerous, Coulter-Nile especially has impressed and has five wickets in the two games so far but depth is an issue. Spinners Agar and Zampa have in the two games so far (picked for one game each) been out-bowled by their Indian counterparts.
Best betting odds for the match on Sunday are India -162 and Australia +250 with Bet365. India has to be favored and is at a backable price once again at the venue many of the Australians won't have played at before and should once again be dry and suiting spin.
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