India v Australia, 6th ODI, Nagpur October 29, 2013

Series expected to go back to runs after rains


Match facts

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Start time 1330 local (0800 GMT)

Big Picture

To those who might have forgotten, this series is still going on in the background. It's been 10 days since there has been a result in this series, and by choosing to play in Lahli, Sachin Tendulkar has pushed it completely off the headlines. You always run that risk when testing the fans' patience with a seven-ODI series, but the good news is, the weather should hold up for the last two games, and the series between the top 2 ODI teams.

Rest assured, there will be no rain pouring down in Nagpur. Only fours and sixes. The new Jamtha stadium is known for its flat pitches in ODIs. Of the six ODIs played here, first-innings totals in five have been more than 290. Netherlands scored 292 here against England, India failed to defend 296 once. Add to it the new regulations of two balls from each end, and only four fielders outside the circle, and another run fest is in store.

The No. 1 ranking is off the table - Australia needed to win 6-1 or better to usurp India - but India need to win this one to avoid yet another home series loss against Australia. This is their sixth proper home series against Australia, and they have won only once, back in 1986-87.

For Australia, once a happy hunting ground, Nagpur has only brought misery since moving to the new stadium in Jamtha. They have played this ground's debut Test and ODI, and have lost both. In the Test, Ricky Ponting chose to avoid an over-rate ban as opposed to pushing for a series-levelling win; and in the ODI, MS Dhoni brutalised them 354 for 7. Except that nowadays, you can't be sure of a win even after scoring 354.

Form guide

Australia WLWWL (most recent games first, completed matches)

In the spotlight

Five balls, one run, two wickets. Mitchell Johnson v Yuvraj Singh has been terribly one-sided. All eyes will be on how Yuvraj tackles Johnson because if he comes in to bat before the 30th over or so, Australia will definitely call upon his nemesis.

Finally picked in the XI, Mohammed Shami provided some sting to India's quick bowling when he took three wickets in the rained-out Ranchi ODI. It was enough to draw some praise from the opposition captain. India will need more of it from him and his comrades if they are to not expect the batsmen to score a huge total once again, whether batting first or second.

Team news

The questions around the team combination remain the same since there wasn't a ball bowled in the previous ODI. Mohammed Shami and Jaydev Unadkat should retain their places, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar possibly replacing R Vinay Kumar.

India (probable) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar/ R Vinay Kumar, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Mohammed Shami

Australia have retained their XI in the series, and are likely to do so again.

Australia (probable) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Phillip Hughes, 3 Shane Watson, 4 George Bailey (capt.), 5 Adam Voges, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty

Stats and trivia

  • Indian batsmen have scored three centuries in this series to Australia's zero.
  • In the last 11 years, only Pakistan and Australia have been able to beat India in an ODI series in India.
  • George Bailey holds the second-best batting average for Australia. His 53.03 is second only to Michael Bevan's 53.58


"There is no pressure as such. We are just going out and enjoying ourselves. This game is going to be crucial so we just want to enjoy ourselves and see where we can take it."
India offspinner R Ashwin

"We have played some very good cricket. We look forward to tomorrow's game. The three (finished) games have been outstanding. We are finding a lot of confidence at the moment and that stems from the way the tour has gone so far."
Australia captain George Bailey

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Naresh on October 30, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Oz have had a good captain in BAILEY this time. Hope he continues improving for Oz cricket to rise. I see this guy getting into TEST cricket as well.

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    @vwazalwar , you have forgotten, yuvi had 2 wickets this series in the 1st ODI, anyways he failed in 2 ODIs only, he is an important and versatile player in the squad and need to be given chances.

  • devraj on October 30, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    India will bat first and score 350+ all our spinners will take control over aussies especially yuvi and jaddu -Dev

  • Manesh on October 30, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    India will bounce back fro sure. We saw it in recent times. BK will be good instead of VK. And may be Amit Mishra too?

  • devraj on October 30, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Today will prove the status as No. 1 in ODI , best of luck to TEAM INDIA.

  • Tahir on October 30, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Aussies are in a really good shape with openers coming good, three precious allrounders in Watto, Maxy & Foxy delivering, baily/voges featuring continuously in middle order, haddin also there and above all a bowling unit capable of sending jitters through indian batting lineup. Indians on the other hand have reverted to chop and change their champion squad, openers still did not settle down after their dream run, dhawan has been found out, UV under his own pressure, jadeja not proving to be a good allrounder and dwelling on ashwin failures. Positives are kohli, dhoni, and raina who are india's precious troica. India need to win toss and apply pressure through Bhuvi and Shami and then chase with troica.

  • vikramaditya on October 30, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    it is better to give rayadu a chance in place of yuvraj as yuvi have not proven his worth in this series with just a half century and no wickets for him too. Better give rayadu a chance to prove some point..... Also Vinay kumar should be replaced by Bhuvaneshwar kumar for early overs with shami. Shami and Bhuvi will make a nice new ball bowling pair..... HOpe for some changes in team and on field.

  • rob on October 30, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    I honestly think that either side can win this little tournament. We all know what the Indians can do and Australia, even though they are hot & cold these days, can be terminally dangerous. Every game has been super intense and we have seen some superb cricket at times.

    It's a matter of the 1% differences on the night that will make the difference I feel. The blinding catch or the sublime innings or the untimely run-out or a no-ball in the final over or something really, really tiny that at the end of the day meant the difference between winning and losing. It's that close. Or at least that's how it seems to me.

    Either way it should be good because this is a contest and if you love to watch some good cricket you can do a lot worse than check this match out I'd say.

  • Hariram on October 30, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    I think Mr ravichandran ashwin should be dropped and give chance to Amit mishra, as ashwin is not up to the mark in this series, and his pausing and bowling does not making any sense,