Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Australia vs India: Third ODI Preview

Australia vs India: Third ODI Preview

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Australia wrapped up their ODI series against India with victory in another Sydney run-fest and will now be seeking a whitewash. India were again just slightly off the pace but were made to pay by their ruthless hosts.

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Australia vs India | Wednesday 2 December 2020 | Manuka Oval, Canberra | 05:40

To Win Match
Australia 57/100
Tie 25/1
India 29/20

Australia
Steve Smith pummeled India again on his patch at the SCG, but the series now moves to Canberra's Manuka Oval. After two high-scoring affairs in Sydney, we might be in for more at the smaller ground in the Aussie capital.

Australia cashed in on a great batting track in match two with Smith scoring his second hundred in a row backed up by David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne.

The top-order has so far held firm leaving Australia looking very solid and India a little toothless.

Australia's bowlers have had a lot of runs to work with but have performed adequately without outdoing themselves.

The series is safe but Australia will be mindful of the value of ODI Super League points and may sidestep any experimentation at this stage.

India
India need to salvage some pride after being well-beaten in both the matches so far and having their bowling attack torn to shreds.

There were positives again, but the overall impression of Virat Kohli's side is that they aren't really up to speed in international cricket just yet despite most coming off the IPL season.

India couldn't get the early wickets that are key to upsetting Australia's batting rhythm with the new ball merely travelling to the fence faster.

Kohli will have to rethink his plans in the field to turn things around and get a foothold on this tour. He could consider using a slow bowler up front with Ravindra Jadeja and attractive option.

India's top order seems to be struggling to isolate their precise roles, and they haven't hit their straps in either chase despite scoring more than 300 twice.

Verdict: Australia 57/100
The hosts have been at their ruthless best of late and look good value to claim victory. 

Written by James Richardson.

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