About the Match
Australia has made it to the finals of the Carlton Mid ODI Tri-Series with 13 points and will play against India, who have lost both matches played so far, in the upcoming match on 26th Jan at Sydney. Australia defeated England by 3 wickets after successfully chasing down 304 runs to dash into the finals, whereas India is placed at the last position and will have to win the remaining matches to stay alive. Australian players are very enthusiastic and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum; the contest will surely be an action-filled one on Monday with the visitors looking for a break here.
The batsmen chased down 304 runs against England with ease; Steven Smith, donning the cap for the time, helped Australia advance to the finals of the tri-series by hitting a brilliant unbeaten 102 off 156 balls. Brad Haddin’s innings was the turning point of the match as he scored 42 off 29 balls while Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh provided a good start, scoring 76 runs off first 10 overs helping the team build the foundation. Bowler Gurinder Sandhu bagged a couple of wickets; Starc, Cummins, Faulkner and Henriques took 1 wicket each. The team has a well-balanced squad with explosive batsmen and the required precision in the bowling department. The presence of all-rounders like Shaun Marsh, Smith and Haddin will provide the balance and flexibility; overall the team has the capacity and necessary strengths to decimate their opponents and clinch the title.
India lost their last match against England by 9 wickets after the batsmen got all out for just 154 runs from 39.3 overs; only Stuart Binny, who top scored with 44 from 84 balls, Dhoni with 34 from 70 and Rahane, who scored 33 from 60 balls, made an impact for India on the scoreboard. On the bowling front, Binny displayed his all-round skills as he took 4 wickets and Patel supported equally with 4 more; Kumar and Yadav took 2 wickets each but they couldn't defend the lowly total set by the batsmen. India had also lost their first match in their contest against Australia by 4 wickets; the team consisting of many all-rounders must prove itself in all departments of the game. India has lost 2 successive matches and this would surely have hurt their morale but the team has talent and experience to bounce back. With players like Sharma, Rahane, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni and Binny, they are capable of hitting back; bowlers Kumar, Yadav, Md Shami, and Patel should come out with a revised strategy to outsmart the opponents. India needs a win against Australia to keep their chances alive and they will need to make some serious course corrections if they want to go into the World Cup series on a positive note.
The Aussies are a better team as far as their recent performance goes; for the Indian contingent, this is a do or die situation and they must put extra efforts to win against the hosts. Although Australia clearly goes in as favorite with nothing to lose, and we feel that India will fail to bounce back here as well.
Australia, 1.57 @ Bet365