India hold a 2-0 lead over Australia after winning the second ODI by eight runs and can seal the series in Ranchi for the third ODI on Friday.
India continued their dominance of the Australian attack and a repeat of the performance will see them secure a series winning lead.
Head to Head
India have had the better of Australia in recent times in the 50-over format, winning nine of the last 11 meetings. They have also won eight of the last nine meetings in India.
India have won eight of their last nine home ODIs against Australia (W8, L1).
India have lost only one of the three completed ODIs at this venue, but that was in their recent match.
India’s Virat Kohli has seven 100s in 33 ODIs against Australia, only behind Sachin Tendulkar’s nine from 71 ODIs.
Australia have lost their last eight ODIs away from home.
Australia have lost 19 of their last 20 ODIs away from home (W1, L19).
A clinical 40th ODI century from captain Virat Kohli was the highlight of the Indian innings of 250 on a sluggish pitch. Vijay Shankar (46 off 41 balls) played a sublime knock, although the lower order failed to take advantage.
After conceding an 83-run opening partnership, India came back strongly on the back of some excellent spin bowling in the middle overs. Kohli’s use of his spinners was top-class, while Shankar (2/15) came back to bowl a nerveless final over.
Pat Cummins (4/29) enjoyed the responsibility of opening the bowling, after Jason Behrendorff was rested. Adam Zampa (2/62) struggled to show the same level of control he exhibited in the first ODI. However, a target of 251 was always within their reach.
Openers Aaron Finch (37) and Usman Khawaja (38) gave a rousing start, but the middle-order struggled to hold its own in the wake of tight spin bowling. Marcus Stoinis (52) took the game to the final over, but came just short of his calculations, leaving Australia wondering about their mounting ODI losses.
India will look to continue their winning record against Australia, as they look well-balanced for the conditions. Australia came close enough in Nagpur and will look to go over the line in Ranchi, but may not be able to get a win right away.
Prediction: India win ($1.44 MadBookie)