5th ODI: India captain Virat Kohli has been in ominous touch in the ongoing five-match ODI series against Australia. Kohli has already slammed a couple of centuries, yet finds Team India playing an all-important decider. One Virat Kohli stat that should be a major concern for Australia ahead of the Feroz Shah Kotla tie is his form in deciders. He averages a staggering 73 in ODI deciders since 2016 and has amassed 295 runs in four innings that comprises of a century and two fifties. He also has a good record playing at home in Kotla where he averages in excess of 50 and has an unbeaten ton to his name. These are stats that show Finch and Australia need to get Kohli early in the piece.
Meanwhile, Kohli has hit two centuries in the series already and the openers found form in the Mohali game which augurs well the side. It is a big opportunity for Australia to avenge the defeat they suffered in their soil earlier in the year. The Australian side will be high-on-confidence going into the decider. The visitors would be hoping for another big show on their final night in India. Australia is the last visiting side to beat the home side India in three consecutive ODI games. They did so on 2, 5, 8 November 2009 at Mohali, Hyderabad, and Guwahati respectively.
Dew could play a big role at Kotla. Kohli’s men ended up on the wrong side of dew at Ranchi and at Mohali. They would be mindful of that at Kotla.
From India’s point of view, it would be interesting to see where Kohli bats and if KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami are picked or not.