The unstoppable David Warner or Australia’s poster boy Pat Cummins, who will you pick as the captain of your side? Can Virat Kohli inspire his side after a thrashing in Mumbai or will Aaron Finch once again take the Indian bowling apart? We look to answer all your questions and help you build your fantasy team for the second One-Day International between India and Australia, in Rajkot.
The two nations have met each other 138 times in the 50-over format of the game. Australia have the edge here having won 78 of the encounters to India’s 50. 10 matches were abandoned. The last five ODIs has Australia in a 4-1 lead while the last five matches in India too sees Australia ahead by a 4-1 margin.
Ground details and team combination
You do not expect India to be outplayed, especially in home conditions but outplayed they were as Australia thrashed them by 10 wickets in Mumbai. The two teams will now travel to Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, in Rajkot with India hoping for a change in fortunes.
The Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium has not been a regular feature for One-Day Internationals. There have been just two ODIs played at this venue, India against England and South Africa, both of which the hosts lost.
Both ODIs though were relatively high-scoring encounters with the average first innings score being 298.
So, it goes without saying that batsmen should feature heavily in your eleven.
While both pace and spin were treated with equal disdain in the two ODIs here, the former had a better balls/dismissal of 48.5 as compared to 57 from spinners. The spinners though had a better economy rate.
If we look at the different bowling types, right-arm off-spinners have been the most effective here in ODIs having picked up a wicket every 45.4 deliveries followed closely by right-arm pacers.
While both teams do not have a frontline off-spinner in their setup, right-arm pacers are in abundance. Someone like a Pat Cummins or Jasprit Bumrah should be necessarily in your side while you can also go for Kane Richardson, who had a good game in Mumbai.
A combination of six frontline batsmen including the wicket-keeper, two all-rounders and three fast bowlers could be the way to go for this game.
What a difference a year can make in a cricketer’s life! Around this time last year, David Warner was still serving his one-year ban for sandpaper gate, was a villain in most people’s eyes unsure of what future held for him. One year on, Warner is back and how! In 11 innings since returning from the ban, Warner has smashed 775 runs averaging 92.70. He just looks hungry for runs which was clearly on display in the first ODI as he THUMPED his way to an unbeaten 128. His record in India is also excellent and he will want to continue his golden run in Rajkot too.
An angry Virat Kohli is a dangerous Virat Kohli, at least for the opposition and after the way India lost in Mumbai, Kohli would BE fuming. However, that is what sometimes brings out the best in Kohli and precisely what India will be hoping. His record against Australia is spectacular. In 36 innings, he has stroked six centuries and eight half-centuries against the Aussies and the hosts will be hoping for a similar show from him come Friday.
Our second X-factor is Aaron Finch. The Australian captain seemed unstoppable in Mumbai and on one of the best batting surfaces in India, Finch will be targeting another massive score in Rajkot. Finch’s century in Mumbai was his third against the Indians against whom he now averages an impressive 46.36 in ODIs. He has enough experience of playing in India and can help you score crucial fantasy points.
Shikhar Dhawan might not have looked his fluent best in Mumbai but he scored important runs and that is bound to give him confidence. Dhawan knows he is playing for a place in the side with KL Rahul following him closely behind and that should give him extra motivation. He has a good record against Australia too having scored five fifties and four tons against them in 25 innings. Dhawan will be keen on increasing that tally come Friday.
It is expected to bright and sunny in Rajkot on matchday with the evening getting colder. The temperature is expected to hover around the early 20-degree range.
David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (vc), Shreyas Iyer, Alex Carey (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah