Stats Show India Favourites To Win Series-Decider Against Australia
The five-match series between India and Australia is set to end in a thrilling manner. India had looked primed to win the series comfortably after winning the first two games of the series. However, Australia bounced back remarkably to stun the fancied hosts in the following two games and square the series. In the fourth ODI, India had a golden chance to win wrap up the series. Batting first, the Men in Blue had piled up a mammoth total of 358 for 9.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma had roared back to form and laid the foundation for the big total with a mammoth partnership of 193 runs. Dhawan scored a career-best 143 while Rohit missed a well-deserved ton by just five runs. But their efforts eventually went in vain as India failed to defend the big total. It was the first time, the Men in Blue had failed to defend a 350-plus total. Prior to the Mohali ODI, the biggest total chased against them was 322.
Rohit Sharma scored 95 in the last game (Credits: Getty Images)
Australia had started poorly, losing Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh for just 12 runs. Usman Khawaja (91) and Peter Handscomb then revived Australia’s chances by adding 192 runs for the third wicket. Ashton Turner then played a blinder, hammering 84 not out off just 43 to take Australia over the line with 13 balls remaining.
All eyes are now on the upcoming fifth and final game at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. With form on their side, Australia will be eyeing their first series win since 2017. On the other hand, India would be keen to avoid a series defeat at home since losing the ODI series against South Africa in 2015.
And the hosts will take confidence from their track record against Australia in Delhi. Both the teams have played against each other on four occasions in the national capital with India winning three of them. Their last match, however, came in 2009.
India generally have a good record at the Kotla. So far, they have won 12 of the 19 ODIs they have played at this venue. So with history in their favour, the hosts will look to get back to winning ways and win the series.