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Chance for World Cup aspirants to shine in series-deciding 5th ODI

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

will have to quickly put behind a massive failure, sloppy and tactical mistakes to tame a resurgent in the series-deciding fifth ODI here Wednesday.

The cricketing world has applauded India's current attack as one of its most potent but the failure to defend a mammoth total in Mohali came as a reality check for it.

Even the ever-reliable was taken to cleaners by with ease, though the way handled his quota of overs did leave many perplexed.

Kohli and the Indian team definitely missed the calming presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose understanding of game situations has been helpful in pressure situations.

Without doubt, the PCA stadium pitch was flat, offering nothing to the bowlers but a world-class attack was expected to defend a 350-plus total. The blazing knock by Turner, who was helped by the Indian team's butter-fingered fielders helped turn it around.

In Ranchi the team bowled first and in Mohali, Kohli opted to bat first, taking the dew into consideration but on both days, the opposite happened. It was dry when chased in Ranchi but dew helped Australia's chase in the fourth ODI with the Indian bowlers struggling to grip the ball.

At the Feroze Shah Kotla ground, the wicket is usually low and slow but the team would not like to be surprised in the key game which makes the toss crucial.

Not many runs have been scored in the last two ODI matches played here with losing to by six runs in October 2016 and winning against by 48 runs in October 2014.

The Twenty20 games have been full of runs, though.

The hosts can heave a sigh of relief with Shikhar Dhawan striking form. The left-hander managed to silence critics who had been after him due to a prolonged lean patch.

At his home ground, he would look to get some more runs but it remains to be seen if the batters get a surface which assists stroke-play.

Going by history, the surface should be ideal for wrist spinners and as the slow bowlers have done well in the previous games.

has been the man for this series. His stellar show at the top has been instrumental in the visitors' turnaround in the series. Getting him early would be crucial to India's chances.

With Aaron Finch, and new sensation Turner contributing in the team's good run, this Australian side is definitely on the right track to regain its status as one of the most formidable sides.

The winner-take-all contest will also be the Indian team's last in the 50-over format before the World Cup, making ti the players' final chance to make an impression on the selectors minds.

has done a reasonably fine job with the bat in the limited chances he has got but Rishabh Pant did not do any good to his wicket-keeping reputation by missing chances in Mohali.

As a batsman, though, his utility is beyond doubt.

The top and middle-order is largely settled and tomorrow's game will be one last chance for Pant, Shankar, KL Rahul and to do something special and prove their worth.

Jadeja may figure in the playing XI tomorrow, considering that his left-arm spin on the Kotla wicket would be effective.

Teams (from):

India: (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, and

Australia: (captain), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, and

Match Starts: 1:30 pm.

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 12:00 IST
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