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India vs Australia: Fifth ODI Squads, Preview, and Predictions

India vs Australia: Fifth ODI Squads, Preview, and Predictions

Indian team has successfully clinched the first three matches and won the series already, with an ultimate back to back winning streaks until the Australian openers smashed the Indian bowlers to the highest team score in the series in the 4th ODI at MA Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. (David) Warner and (Aaron) Finch were spectacular. This, after India got off to an explosive start with Rohit Sharma (65) and Ajinkya Rahane (53) surging to 65 in 10 overs.

In the 19th over, Rahane failed to clear Aaron Finch off Kane Richardson delivery and Rohit was, unfortunately, run-out - partly due to Steve Smith's brilliance and a mix-up with skipper Virat Kohli.

Peter Handscomb played a good cameo of 43 off 30 balls but Australia would have been concerned that they didn't make the most of their great start.

India has won 11 back-to-back matches against their opponents who were West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Australia under the Coach Ravi Shastri.

The Indian cricket team will storm onto the top spot in the ICC ODI Rankings if they manage to beat Australia in the fifth match of the five-match series at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Sunday.Virat Kohli and his troops are now ranked second in the table, only behind South Africa.

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India skipper Virat Kohli defended the decision saying they had to try the others in the squad at some stage.

When all of us had gotten out, when Hardik and Kedar were batting, we thought this was the ideal situation for them to understand how the game can be taken till the end. A loss would not just raise questions about Virat Kohli's rotational policy but hurt India's morale, having lost the previous game.

Also the exploits of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have contributed majorly to the Australian downfall with the latter turning Glenn Maxwell his "bunny". But Australia have shown that they can match India toe to toe if they are playing at their best. Finch was only slightly less devastating, plundering 10 boundaries and three sixes in his 94 off 96. "The only respite for the fast bowlers was taking the pace off the ball - it was pretty close to the old Bangalore wicket", he said.

Warner was named Man of the Match, and said: "Feels fantastic".

Rain threat looms large over the fourth ODI between India and Australia on Thursday with the weathermen predicting spells of thundershowers in the next 24 hours.


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