Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Australia win toss, bat against India

Australia win toss, bat against India

They will be desperate to register a win under their belt in order to salvage the series.

IST: Both the teams have lined up for the National Anthems. So far in this series, they have certainly checked all the boxes but there is still a long way to go before they can be spoken about in the same breath as the World Cup winning Australian sides under the leadership of Steve Waugh or Ricky Ponting.

Steve Smith: "We are going to bat".

"To keep them to 250-odd on a really good batting wicket and batting conditions in the afternoon I thought was a great job", Cummins said.

The MPCA official said Indian and Australian teams will reach Holkar Stadium on Saturday for practice in different sessions.

Australia: Steven Smith (C), David Warner, Hilton Cartwright, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Ashton Agar, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, James Faulkner and Adam Zampa.

Things were in place for another Kohli century and Kedar Jadhav (24) provided the much needed impetus in the middle overs but Coulter-Nile once again returned back to be among the wickets as he dismissed both of them in quick succession while Manish Pandey (3) and MS Dhoni (5) failed as well. The pitch could play better for the batsmen under lights, maybe it will be a little slow during the day when it is dry. As per reports, the Indian team demanded a blender be available in their dressing room as players avoid packaged juice which may contain extra sugar and carbohydrates.

India won the toss and made a decision to bat first but Nathan Coulter-Nile (3-51) struck early once again to dismiss Rohit Sharma (7) caught and bowled off his own bowling.

India skipper Virat Kohli and Australian wicket-keeper Matthew Wade had a lot to say to each other.

Ajinkya Rahane looked well settled with a score of 55 off 63 deliveries and had added over 100 runs with skipper Virat Kohli. The field record is also in the favor of Team India, he has won all four matches played here.

Wade who has struggled for form over the last couple of ODI's as well as in Bangladesh last month will carry the drinks in today's game. If he wins this match then it will be India's ninth victory.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Thursday lauded Virat Kohli's innings of 92 against Australia at the Eden Gardens here in the second One Day International, saying he is always a treat to watch.

India are 1-0 up in the series, having clinched the rain-curtailed series opener by 26 runs in Chennai.

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