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Friday, 25 October 2013

India vs Australia Star Sports 5th ODI 2013: Preview

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What
Fifth ODI of the seven-match series between India and Australia
When
Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 13:30 IST (08:00 GMT)
Where
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
The Teams
India
The washout in Ranchi took away India’s chance to wipe off Australia’s 2-1 lead in the series. As the inclusion of Mohammad Shami has added bite to the bowling, MS Dhoni will be more confident of doing it in Cuttack. However, the deciding factor of the fate of the match will be the weather, with incessant rains in Orissa the day before the game.
Assuming the weather will clear up and the match will take place, India would not want to make many changes to their playing XI. It was a surprising decision to leave Bhuvneshwar Kumar out in the fourth ODI, given he was the only saving grace among the Indian pacers in the first three games. If he is fit, India should bring him back and leave Vinay Kumar out.
Australia
While there has been little to separate in the two teams’ batting performance, the Aussies have outplayed the hosts in pace bowling and fielding throughout the series. This superiority will be their best bet for sealing a series victory. The only chink in the Australian armour currently is the indifferent form of their star all-rounder, Shane Watson. Runs from his bat will add a lot of steel to the middle order.
Key Players
India
The Ranchi game was the first in the series where the team batting first didn’t get past 300. A lot of credit for that must go to Mohammad Shami and his first spell of three for 21 in six overs. His inclusion in the side gave India a weapon they lacked in the first three matches – speed and consistently right length. The pacer will play a key role in the overcast conditions of Cuttack, if the rain stops in time.
Australia
Mitchell Johnson has undoubtedly been the best bowler in the series so far, if not in terms of wickets, definitely for the impact he has had on Australia’s wins. Even when not picking wickets, the left-arm speedster has created pressure with his relentless pace and lethal bouncers. Indian batsmen hopping and skipping off his bowling was a common sight in the first three ODIs and it will be a significant factor for the remainder of the series.
Statistics
Matches at Cuttack
 
Mts
Won
Lost
Win%
India
14
10
4
71.43
Australia
1
1
0
100.00

 
Mts
Ind
Aus
Ind v Aus
0
  
India in last 5 matches at Cuttack
Date
Opp
Batted 1st
Batted 2nd
Result
 29 Nov 2011
WI
WI 211-9 (50)
Ind 213-9 (48.5)
Ind won by 1 wicket
 21 Dec 2009
SL
SL  239 (44.2)
Ind 243-3 (42.3)
Ind won by 7 wickets
 24 Jan 2007
WI
Ind 189 (48.2)
WI 169 (48.2)
Ind won by 20 runs
 26 Nov 2008
Eng
Eng 270-4 (50)
Ind 273-4 (43.4)
Ind won by 6 wickets
 06 Nov 2003
NZ
Ind 246-9 (50)
NZ 249-6 (47.3)
NZ won by 4 wickets
Results at Cuttack
 
Mts
Won by side batting 1st
Won by side batting 2nd
Overall
16
5
11
Last 10 matches
10
3
7
Last 5 matches
5
1
4
Pace v Spin at Cuttack (last 5 matches)
 
Wkts
Avg
RPO
SR
Pace
45
31.44
4.87
38.66
Spin
23
36.00
4.51
47.86
Trivia
Australia’s only other ODI encounter at this ground was way back in the 1987 World Cup against Zimbabwe. Australia won that match by 70 runs.
In 10 matches as captain, George Bailey has aggregated 564 runs at an average of 62.66. His tally is the highest for any player after first 10 matches as captain.
Ravindra Jadeja is two short of 100 ODI wickets. He will become third left-arm Indian spinner, after Ravi Shastri and Yuvraj Singh, to do so. He will also complete the all-round double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets – thus becoming the 10th Indian to do so.
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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