Melbourne: Three-match One-Day International series between Australia and India is in the most interesting possible situation going into the decider. Winner to take all at the iconic MCG in Melbourne on Friday.
These matches, being a significant piece of the readiness for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019, now and then will in general get diminished to preliminary matches. Be that as it may, arrangement wins can likewise manufacture certainty inside the side, and that is similarly as basic heading into a world competition.
In the first ODI, the Australian bowlers – remember all of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are refreshed – held India to 254/9 for a 34-run win.
In the second, India demonstrated why they are one of the amusement's most fearsome chasers. Virat Kohli scored a century and MS Dhoni was back in contact too, with India fixing a six-wicket win with four balls remaining.
To the extent India are worried, there keep on being issues with parity, in spite of the triumph, attributable to the nonattendance of Hardik Pandya because of suspension. Mohammed Siraj was gotten as the third pacer in Adelaide – Khaleel Ahmed, who had a poor trip in Sydney, was dropped – however on his introduction, he yielded 76 keeps running in his 10 overs without adding to the wickets segment.
That as a top priority, the administration should seriously think about playing Vijay Shankar, the crease knocking down some pins all-rounder who was called up as a substitution for Pandya.
Australia have concerns Billy Stanlake, supplanted harmed Jason Behrendorff, and India will confront an alternate test from him. Another change named by Australia on the eve of the match was the consideration of Adam Zampa. Nathan Lyon, who neglected to take a wicket in the initial two ODIs, has cleared a path for the 26-year-old.
Australia (XI): Aaron Finch (Capt), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa.
India: Virat Kohli (Capt.), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami
Pitch and conditions
It is expected to be overcast in Melbourne on match-day, yet there's no rain forecast.
Stats and trivia
India never defeated Australia at its home in the Bilateral ODI series.
Friday, 18 January, 2019
Start time: 13:20 local (02:20 GMT, 7.50am IST)