India v Australia, 7th ODI, Bangalore November 1, 2013

Another high-scorer on cards for series decider


Match facts

Saturday, November 2, 2013
Start time 1330 local (0800 GMT)

Big Picture

The series couldn't have meant more differently to the two sides. It is tied 2-2, is headed into a decider in Bangalore, and what do Australia do? They take, Mitchell Johnson, self-admittedly their Man of the Series, and put him on a flight to Australia so he can present a case and prepare for the Ashes. India, on the other hand, have rested their important Test allrounder - on Indian turning tracks, that is - for the West Indies Tests because he has a shoulder strain, but they have every intention to play the man, Ravindra Jadeja, in this decider.

So down we go into one last run-fest between a desperate home side who last won a proper ODI series against these visitors back in 1986, and the tourists whose minds are already thinking of the Ashes. The captains and the bowlers have come to Bangalore fearing the worst because of the short boundaries there, the batsmen are not gloating about the runs they have amassed, and yet another 350-plays-350 - entirely possible here - could be the definitive message to the legislators of the game that they have badly skewed the balance between bat and ball.

Form guide

Australia LWLWW (most recent games first, completed matches)

In the spotlight

Virat Kohli comes back to his third home for this ODI. His second home is Delhi, and his first is when he is batting in a chase. Within 13 days he has scored India's fastest and third-fastest centuries to make them the only side in the world to have successfully chased down 350 or more twice. India will need more of the same.

George Bailey has been to Australia what Kohli has been to India. He will be fighting Johnson for the Man-of-the-Series award. Bailey has done enough to make a case for himself: he now has the most runs in a bilateral series by anyone. He is also the leading ODI run-getter in 2013.

Team news

Amit Mishra's first home ODI began well with the ball turning and the batsmen not picking his wrong 'uns, but it went wrong pretty soon, and long hops made regular appearances as he was put under pressure. He could lose out to Jaydev Unadkat in the only likely change in the Indian XI.

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, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Mohammed Shami

Nathan Coulter-Nile is expected to take Johnson's place.

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 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty

Stats and trivia

  • Kohli needs 81 runs to reach 5000 in ODIs. If he does it in this game, he will be the fastest to the landmark. If he takes two innings to get there, he will be the joint-fastest, alongside Viv Richards
  • Kohli is the only player to have scored five successive scores of 50-plus on two separate occasions
  • Only Hashim Amla has reached 1500 career ODI runs faster than Bailey, who did so in his 32nd innings


"It has turned out to be a great series for our team in many ways; the way we've fought back from different situations. Personally, I've been pleased with my batting and hopefully I can do it again in the last game."
Virat Kohli

"It's a very exciting way to end this series. I think it's just reward that it's two-all now, leading into the final, because it has been an outstanding series so far."
Brad Haddin

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    @sandipmanjrekar nobody had shown any guts to chase? don't forget the brave run chase by Srilanka against Australia in the WC final 1996 with a great knock of 107* by Aravinda Desilva, HL gibbs 175 from 111 balls against the same team while chasing 434. Also don't forget 146 unbroken partnership by yuvi and dhoni against Pakistan in Pakistan from 16.3 balls while chasing Pakistan's 286 in 2006. these are some examples only. others also proved earlier. not by these 3 (Virat, dhawan and rohit). Yuvi and raina are temporarily out of form now. will get their form soon.

  • Android on November 2, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    sounds exciting. Can India post 400!!

  • Anoop on November 2, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa: Talking about flat tracks, I vividly remember the Ind Vs SA series held in Feb 2010. Sachin Tendulkar had just scored the first double hundred in ODI history and India had already won the series 2-0. He was rested in the inconsequential 3rd ODI. Out comes AB De villiers who loses no opportunity to take advantage of a flat track and blasts a hundred of 50 odd balls and SA emerge victorious. It was a turbo-boost to his career and he has never looked back. At present, would you believe it, AB has better stats that even Viv Richards ! Of course, AB is right not talked about in the list of all time great batsmen.

  • Android on November 2, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    I will say only one thing! Whoever bat first today will lose the game and the series. So, best of luck yo India if they can post 400 today.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    if zak was dropped on fitness, then how fit is mishra and ashwin??

  • Jaspreet on November 2, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    george bailey has scored 67% of his runs in midwicket and long on area. why indian are not getting this thing in their mind when they are bowling

  • Murray on November 2, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    There until this game is once only where a team chasing did not win. That time it was not Australia.

  • Android on November 2, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Australia win toss I think Australia win match.

  • santhosh on November 2, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    y Vinay kumar is in this team only God knows...

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    It is just crazy desicion to have Mitchel Jhonson back in Australia!!! Are they even thinking at all.. Its a series decider. Poor poor prioritizing of resources. Ashes is long way away. This is a psychological win for England!!!

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