In a bid to seal the series after a lowly display in the third One Day International (ODI), the Indian cricket team will take to the field against the Aussies in Mohali’s PCA stadium on Sunday. Skipper Virat Kohli produced another sensational display in Ranchi but that was not enough for Men-in-Blue to secure a third straight win against the visitors. The hosts currently trail 2-1 and now in the fourth ODI will also look to rotate the squad to provide opportunities to the World Cup hopefuls.
21-year-old Rishabh Pant will be at the center of attraction as the young Indian cricket prodigy will look to prove his mettle with the aim to seal a place among the World Cup-bound squad. Pant will be replacing his veteran counterpart, MS Dhoni who will be rested for the remainder of the matches.
Ahead of the fourth ODI, Kohli spoke to the presser as saying: “We will have a few changes in the next couple of games but the idea is to tell the boys to put in match-winning performances and the boys will be looking to be in top form before the flight to England.”
It will also be interesting to see if Ambati Rayudu gets a chance after consecutive poor shows in the series.
In the bowling department, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also likely to make a comeback on Sunday as Mohammed Shami went off the field in Ranchi with a minor leg injury. The team management will try to give rest to Shami as a precautionary measure before the mega event in England and Wales.
Ravindra Jadeja could be replaced by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in Mohali.
With skipper Virat Kohli promising few changes and chances for fringe players after his team’s loss in Ranchi, K.L. Rahul could also find a place in the team in place of Shikhar Dhawan or Rohit Sharma, both of whom have not clicked in the series.
On the other hand, Australia would likely stick to their winning combination, aiming to level the series.
The visitors will again rely on Adam Zampa who despite leaking runs could trouble the Indian batsmen on multiple occasions and exploited the Indian conditions very well.
Also, openers Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja showed signs of regaining their form in Ranchi and will look to replicate the same show in Mohali as well.
India- Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant (Wicket-keeper), Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami.
Australia- Aaron Finch (Captain), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Jhye Richardson, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Alex Carey (Wicket-keeper), Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendroff, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile.
(With IANS Inputs)