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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

India vs Australia Star Sports 4th ODI 2013: Preview

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What
Fourth ODI of the seven-match series between India and Australia
When
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 13:30 IST (08:00 GMT)
Where
Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium, Ranchi
The Teams
India
India would be smarting from the shock loss in Mohali and Ishant Sharma would be feeling the heat after conceding a match-losing 30 runs in his last over. But given how high-scoring this series has been, India will do well to keep their chin up going into the fourth ODI.
While the Mohali loss is not likely to trigger too many changes in the playing XI, it might be the end of the long rope given to Ishant. With Mohammad Shami and Jaydev Unadkat waiting in the wings, Ishant might be asked to step away from the limelight and polish his skills. Although R Ashwin has not been at his best, MS Dhoni might want to persist with him given his recent experience of playing in Ranchi during the CLT20.
While there’s nothing to tamper with in the batting department, the Indian skipper will not be wrong to demand consistently high standards of fielding from his boys.
Australia
Australia required a miracle to upstage Dhoni’s magnificent knock in Mohali, and James Faulkner gave them just that. Although they have not put many steps wrong in this series, one record the visitors would want to set straight is the lack of big innings from their in-form batsmen.
While three Indians have registered centuries in the series so far, there isn’t a single ton against the name of an Aussie. The likes of Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes and George Bailey should look to carry the innings on their back after getting off to good starts and augment the team score in the end.
As far as the team combination goes, there is no reason for Bailey to chop and change anything in his line-up.
Key Players
India
Ranchi hosted a bunch of CLT20 matches recently, and if the response these games got is anything to go by, one can expect the crowd to flock to the stadium to once again cheer for local lad, MS Dhoni. After his mesmerizing century in Mohali, the Ranchi natives would be excited at the prospect of another Dhoni special. However, whether or not Dhoni will get a chance to entertain his home crowd will depend on how India’s famed top five fare on the day.
Australia
While leather smashers like Finch and Faulkner have hogged the limelight, George Bailey has quietly made the biggest contribution to Australia’s two wins in the series. The unassuming Aussie skipper has 220 runs from three ODIs with an average of 110 at an excellent 114.58 runs per 100 balls. The stability that he provides to the Aussie innings at No.4 has been critical in them posting massive totals and gaining a lead in the series. He will be a key in the next match too, given Shane Watson’s patchy form with the bat at No.3.
Statistics
Matches at Ranchi
 
Mts
Won
Lost
Win%
India
1
1
0
100.00
Australia
0
   

India at Ranchi
Date
Opp
Batted 1st
Batted 2nd
Result
 19 Jan 2013
Eng
Eng 155 (42.2)
Ind 157-3 (28.1)
Ind won by 7 wickets

Pace v Spin at Ranchi
 
Wkts
Avg
RPO
SR
Pace
5
43.60
4.72
55.40
Spin
8
10.75
3.53
18.25

Trivia
MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh need 2 and 31 runs respectively to complete 1000 runs against Australia. Only Sachin Tendulkar (3077) has accomplished this feat for India.
Brad Haddin will be playing his 100th ODI. He will become the 26th Australian to do so.
Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma need 3 and 4 wickets respectively to complete 100 wickets in ODIs.
Virat Kohli needs 44 runs to become the leading run-scorer in ODIs in 2013. If he scores 82, Kohli will complete 1000 runs in the year.
Squads
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni  (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat
Australia: George Bailey (Captain), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Callum Ferguson, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Shane Watson.

source: bcci.tv

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