Cricket Prediction India tour of Australia – Australia vs India – New look Australia look to seal the series against India

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Cricket match date: 18th January 2019

Cricket match time: 7:50 am IST

Cricket match location: Melbourne Cricket Ground

Cricket Match format: ODI

Tournament: India tour of Australia 2018/19

Team A:  Australia

Team B: India

Team A Captain:  Aaron Finch

Team B Captain: Virat Kohli

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Cricket Match Preview:

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is where India took the decisive lead in the test series and it will be in MCG where the ODI series will be decided as well. India have not won a bilateral ODI series against Australia in Australia ever. Their last victory in any ODI series in Australia was back in 2008 CB series under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. Clearly, another history is to be made for captain Virat Kohli and his team.

The debacle in the first cricket ODI at Sydney Cricket Ground shook India a little bit. They were caught off-guard, underprepared and a bit rusty by a promising but young Australian bowling attack. The likes of Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan had played no cricket in the last few months and that showed in their game as well. While bowling held Australia to a par total, it still proved to be beyond reach for the rusty batting lineup of India.

Australia would have thought their total of 298 should be enough for a batting side that struggled in the first cricket game despite a fabulous hundred from Rohit Sharma. But India got to a fantastic start this time around, thanks to a much better rhythm in Shikhar Dhawan. Rohit Sharma once again looked in good touch but got out in 40s. But Virat Kohli batted like a man in a mission. He began in his usual manner but picked up the pace once Ambati Rayudu got out.

Kohli was joined by Dhoni and both took India within 57 runs of Australia’s score. But it could have still gone wrong for India as recent history showed the poor form of India’s middle order. But Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik strung together a match-winning partnership and took India home. It was an important win for India due to many reasons. They avoided a series loss, their middle order got India through and Dhoni and Karthik showed the temperament and skills that would have given immense confidence to the Indian cricket team management.

Cricket Match Information:

India’s tour of Australia has now reached its culmination. What can already be termed as a successful tour of Australia can get even better for India if they can win the final game of cricket on Friday and seal the ODI cricket series. So far on the tour, India have drawn the T20 cricket series, won the test series and are currently 1-1 level in ODI series.


Probable XI (Our Prediction):

Despite the loss in their previous cricket game, Australia have played better in this ODI cricket series than most would have expected. Our prediction is there might be one change in their playing eleven with the inclusion of Adam Zampa in place of Nathan Lyon.

Here is our prediction of Australia’s playing XI:

  • Aaron Finch
  • Alex Carrey
  • Usman Khwaja
  • Shaun Marsh
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Marcus Stoinis
  • Peter Handscomb
  • Adam Zampa
  • JP Behrendroff
  • Jhye Richardson
  • Peter Siddle


Probable XI (Our Prediction):

India played well to level the series against Australia at Adelaide Oval. Our prediction is they will go with the same playing eleven as their last cricket game but do not be surprised if you see Yuzvendra Chahal included in the lineup.

Here is our prediction of India’s playing XI:

  • Rohit Sharma
  • Shikhar Dhawan
  • Virat Kohli
  • Ambati Rayudu
  • MS Dhoni
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Dinesh Karthik
  • Kuldeep Yadav
  • Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
  • Mohammad Siraj
  • Mohammad Shami

Cricket Statistics and Prediction:

Shaun Marsh has shown great form in this ODI cricket series. Our prediction is he will continue his good run of form in the third cricket game as well.

Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:

The last international cricket ODI game played on this venue was between Australia and England last year. That cricket game was an absolute high-scoring cricket game with both the sides scoring over 300 runs and England being the ultimate winner by chasing 304 runs put on by Australia. Our prediction is of a similar high-scoring cricket game. Conditions are expected to be dry.

Our Prediction:

India will begin this game of cricket as favourites. Their batsmen seemed to have got their mojo back and their bowlers have managed to restrict Australia for under 300 total in both games of cricket on a good pitch. Hence, our prediction is of an India victory.

Top Batsman (Prediction):

Shaun Marsh (AUS) – 50+ runs

Top Bowler (Prediction):

Kuldeep Yadav (IND) -3 or more wickets

Most Sixes (Prediction):

Rohit Sharma (IND)

LOGO 2 Odds

Australia – 2.25

India – 1.52

*odds may change anytime

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