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India vs Australia: Men in Blue Look to Continue Dominance at Indore

Cricketnext |September 23, 2017, 1:05 PM IST
India vs Australia: Men in Blue Look to Continue Dominance at Indore

New Delhi: How often does it happen that odds are heavily stacked up against an Australian side. Well, this time round they are. In the ongoing India-Australia series, there is hardly anything that has gone Aussies' way, and things could only worse from here, at least the stats present that picture.

Both the teams now head to Indore for the third one-dayer to be played on Sunday, where the Indians have a 100 per cent win record (won 4 out of 4 matches), while Australia are yet to play a game there. Even on current form, the Men in Blue are far ahead and have won their last five encounters, while the Kangaroos are yet to register a win in the last five outings. Also, India are on an eight-match unbeaten streak, that could make matters worse for their opponents.

India's new-found spin-twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, have found their feet in the team and continue to grow in confidence with each passing match, which is not a good news for the visitors. Both of them have racked up 10 wickets together in the series, and look good for many more. On the other hand, Aussie spinners have managed to get only two wickets.

The only area where India can be found wanting is their batting, especially their middle order. Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey, who play a key role in India's strong batting line-up have been far from their best. No 4. bat, Pandey, has just three runs in two outings. In the past too, this batting number has been Team India'a nemesis. In all ODIs this year, India no 4 have a batting average of 30.62, way below than table toppers New Zealand with 55.00.

To win a match here, Australia will need another special performance from their fast bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins. Also, some resistance from the top order batsman could change their fortunes. As for India, they just need to keep up the good work, apart from ironing out some minor glitches in the batting department.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
7 5 1 1 11 +1.02
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
PAK
7 3 3 1 7 -0.97
7
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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