Wednesday, September 22, 2021

2nd ODI- Kohli & Co aim for 2-0 against Australia

NAGPUR, March 4: Auditions for the World Cup hopefuls will continue but India will also be aiming to produce another complete performance against Australia in the second ODI here on Tuesday.
The Virat Kohli-led team ticked all the boxes to thrash Australia by six wickets in the series opener on Saturday. It was a welcome win for India after losing the T20I series 0-2.
With only four ODIs remaining before the World Cup, the hosts will look to finalise the ‘two available spots’ in an otherwise settled squad for the all important tournament.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan failed in Hyderabad but he is likely to get another game as chances of KL Rahul coming in for him appear bleak. However, if given a chance Rahul will be more than willing to make the optimum use of it.
Vice-captain Rohit Sharma can take any attack to the cleaners on his day and the Aussies would be wary of him and skipper Virat Kohli, who scored 44 on Saturday night.
Both Rohit and Kohli are always hungry for runs; and if the duo fire in unison at the VCA stadium, then the visitors will be in for a hard time.
Ambati Rayudu failed in the first game but knowing his abilities and the backing he has from the team management, his place in the playing eleven is not in danger.
Pint-sized Maharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav, who steered the team home with an unbeaten 81 on Saturday, has more or less sealed the number six position. He is also useful with his right-arm off-breaks, making him more valuable to the side. (PTI)