A win for Virat Kohli's troops in this clash will be their ninth successive victory in the 50-over format of the game, which will be their joint longest winning streak in ODIs. The last time India won 9 straight ODIs in a row was under the leadership of MS Dhoni — from Nov 2008 to February 2009.
Currently, team India find themselves on an 8-match win-streak — a feat that they have accomplished on four separate occasions previously (1985: Inclusive of the victory in the Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket ; 2003: Encapsulating their run to the final of the 2003 Cricket World Cup ; 2006: Inclusive of a 4-match win streak over Pakistan, alongside victories over England ; 2013: Inclusive of a series victories over Zimbabwe (5-match).
Also, an added incentive for the hosts is that they are on a 3-match win-streak against Australia, their joint-longest against this team. They won their last match of the 2016 bilateral 5-match ODI series at Sydney in addition to the two matches that they won in this series.
India have managed three back-to-back victories on the trot against Australia (1994/95: In the Austral-Asia Cup, Singer World Series & New Zealand Centenary Tournament ; 1996 & 1998: Titan Cup and two matches of the Pepsi Triangular Series in Sharjah ; 2016 & 2017 : One in Australia and two in India). Thus, if they win, it will be India’s longest win-streak against Australia.
Part records suggest that India will be confident of clinching a win in Indore as the hosts have never lost an ODI playing at this venue (Played: 4, Won: 4). While as for the visitors, they will be playing their first match at this venue and are unfamiliar with the conditions.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith(c), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb(w), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson
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First Published: September 24, 2017, 12:11 PM IST