India opened the five-match series with victory in the 1st ODI in Hyderabad on Saturday and will now look to take a 2-0 lead over Australia in the 2nd ODI in Nagpur on Tuesday
Having won the T20 series, Australia could not continue that form as the focus turned to the 50-over format. Can they bounce back and level the series?
Head to Head
India have had the better of Australia in recent times in the 50-over format, winning eight of the last 10 meetings. They have also won seven of the last eight meetings in India.
India have won eight of their last ten ODIs against Australia (W8, L2).
At home, India have won seven of their last eight ODIs against Australia (W7, L1).
India have won only three of their five ODIs played at this venue, but all three have come against Australia.
Australia have lost their last seven ODIs away from home.
Australia have lost 18 of their last 19 ODIs away from home (W1, L18).
Bowlers led by Mohammed Shami (2/44) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/46) restricted Australia to 236/7. Although he wasn’t among the wickets, Ravindra Jadeja’s spell (10-0-33-0) was as good as and more effective than any. It didn’t hurt India that Jasprit Bumrah had an off-day (10-0-60-2).
The chase could have been tricky with the top-three of the Indian batting not getting amongst the runs. However, Kedar Jadhav (81*) and MS Dhoni (59*) mastered the Aussie attack. India were able to coast to the target after some brief mid-innings concerns.
The Australian batsmen were guilty of throwing good starts away, as Usman Khawaja (50) and Glenn Maxwell (40) top-scored with the bat. Had it not been for the partnership between Alex Carey (36*) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (28*), things could have been even worse.
With the ball, Adam Zampa (2/49) and Coulter-Nile (2/46) proved effective. None of the other bowlers looked capable of taking wickets though.
Australia did give a tough fight to India, but the hosts came out better at crucial junctures. Although there is enough talent in the Aussie camp to give another scare, India have the momentum to continue their winning run against the Australians.
Prediction: India win ($1.45 MadBookie)