About the Match
With the 5th ODI being called off due to rains, the two teams are now left with only two more matches to prove their dominance over the other in the one day format of the game. They play in 6th ODI of the series on 30th October. Australia leads 2-1 in the series and will be looking to score another convincing win over the home team provided the weather is favourable. Team India is looking for some respite here and will try to put its best foot forward to pull itself up and emerge victorious. It needs to be seen which side will succeed in its mission; however, the match will surely see lots of fire-works as the players have been waiting in the wings far too long.
The batsmen are in good form and with the display of their batting prowess in the second and third ODIs; the Indians have proved their mettle time and again. Bowling has been a big worry with a lack of discipline by some of the bowlers but with the newly found success of Mohammad Shami, Jaydev Unadkat and others like Vinay Kumar, Ashwin and Jadeja, Dhoni can look to bring in more variety to surprise the opponents. In the last outing, fielding was very sloppy and the players would have learnt some bitter lessons that would surely have been a wake-up call before going into this crucial match. India cannot afford to lose this match and will have to make a strong comeback into this rain affected series. The team in blue is looking at the positives and waiting to make the best use of the resources; India is surely going to make it tough for the Aussies to take the title home.
Australian players are in top form in all departments of the game and are waiting to clinch the series. Finch, Hughes and Watson will try to build the innings as they have been doing in the previous matches whereas Bailey, Voges, Maxwell and Faulkner down the order will also contribute well with the bat. Johnson had an excellent run in the 3rd ODI and will once again look forward to scalping the Indian wickets. McKay, Faulkner, Maxwell and Watson also have had good success and are quite economical in the right conditions. The Aussies have done brilliantly so far and are riding high with a lot of enthusiasm to win the series; if they continue putting up solid partnerships and stumping the Indians with their pace attack, this match could well be in their kitty.
This match is a do-or-die for India whereas Australia would like to continue with their winning performance and take the title home. Both sides look well placed to battle it out though India needs to pull up its socks and give a better performance especially in bowling and fielding if they want to fight it out with the visitors. Australia has the psychological advantage leading the series and will be considerably in lesser pressure than the home team; having said that India is hungry for a win here and look confident to make it safely through to keep their hopes alive.
India, 1.61 @ William Hill
The opening pair of both the teams has scored heavily and in almost all matches. Australian openers looked fluent in all but last game. Indians, on the other hand have impressed in all the games. With Dhawan and Sharma in prime form and Kohli to follow, I think that India will have more runs on the board after first 15 Overs.
First 15 Overs Runs:
India, 1.80 @ William Hill