India and Australia face-off in the third and final ODI at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The series was very much expected to go down to the wire but with the way the Australians hammered the hosts in the series opener, it seemed the tourists would run away with their second straight series win in India. However, India showed commendable character in Rajkot to level the series, proving that the panic buttons were pressed prematurely following the 10-wicket loss in Mumbai. India and Australia play hard cricket whatever be the occasion and so they don’t need the added motivation of a series-deciding match. Now that they have it, though, expect the intensity to rise a couple of notches higher. The Indian batting came hard at the Australians and then the bowlers executed their yorkers brilliantly at the death. Australian top-order batsmen are in good form but middle-order batsmen are not in good form.
Bengaluru throws up some really high-scoring matches where contributions from the lower-order are essential and so Australia may be at a bit of disadvantage there. The lower-middle order may also need to be a bit more inventive against the Indian fast bowlers who have been nailing their yorkers with regularity. Indian fast bowlers executed their death bowling skills perfectly on the2nd ODI, will have another very tough task at the high-scoring stadium since the Australians are going to come hard at them from the very start. The weather in Bengaluru is predicted to be a bit cloudy but free of rain for match day. There has been some rain around and that could affect the outfield a little. The team that wins the toss is going to want to field first because defending totals can be tricky on its small dimensions also some amount of dew is seen during the second inning and can make batting easier.
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