India v Australia 5th ODI Tips, Predictions and Preview - Dramatic series decider in Delhi

India and Australia

The Big Bash finishing expert Ashton Turner stunned India at Mohali to help Australia chase down a record-breaking target of 359 runs, and the series is now level 2-2 as we move to Delhi for the decider on Wednesday.

Australia clearly have the momentum, having won the last two matches – both with clear margins. Both teams will still look at the larger picture (read, the ICC World Cup squad combinations), but will not be ready to cede ground to their direct rivals for the big trophy.

India


The age-old reliance on Virat Kohli (290 runs) and the openers (311 runs) continued for India in the series, as the middle-order struggled to bring consistent runs to the table. Rishabh Pant will get another chance to show that he can be their back-up ‘keeper, while KL Rahul will be eager for more game time.

Bowling has suddenly become a concern for India, with Jasprit Bumrah (seven wickets, ER 5.27) and Kuldeep Yadav (nine wickets, ER 5.90) failing to have the same ‘economical effect’ as they used to have. With dew a major factor as the series moved to North India, the host spinners are struggling for control.

Australia


It has been a great series for Usman Khawaja (283 runs) who has been Australia’s rock at the top. Peter Handscomb (184 runs, SR 93.87) has shown that his fleet-footed batting against the spinners makes him an ideal batsman for the conditions.

Pat Cummins (12 wickets, ER 4.87) and Adam Zampa (eight wickets, ER 5.95) have been brilliant with their wicket-taking as well as control giving Australia an edge.

Match Up


India have a lot to ponder after two straight defeats left them scratching for answers. Bowling remains a worry as the effectiveness of middle over bowling now looks lost. Questions remain over the efficiency of the middle-order batsmen as well.

Australia are in an envious position with Ashton Turner’s knock posing a sweet selection dilemma. With the Australian spinners doing it better than their Indian counterparts in the last two matches, they have momentum aiding their charge.

History & Statistics


  • India have won six of their last seven completed ODIs at this venue and a 3-1 win-loss record against Australia.
  • India have not lost three consecutive home ODIs to Australia since 2009.
  • Australia have not won an ODI series away in India since 2009.
  • Away from home, Australia have not won three ODIs in a row since 2016.

Key Players


Rahul got a fleeting chance in Mohali to stake a claim for the number four spot ahead of Ambati Rayudu. With this being India’s last chance before the World Cup to set their order straight, Rahul will be looking to make it count.

Khawaja’s heroics have overshadowed Handscomb’s contributions, with the Aussie bat showing that he is one of the best in this squad when playing against the spinners. Another good knock will do no harm to his chances.

Prediction


Australia have done exceedingly well to come back in the series and level it 2-2. The momentum is clearly with them, but India will be itching to keep their proud home record intact. The conditions at the Feroz Shah Kotla should suit the spinners which may help the Indian spinners. That could mean better control of the middle overs and a win for the home side.

Tips


Back India to win @ $1.53 (Sportsbet).

Back Khawaja to score 50 @ $2.50 (Ladbrokes).


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India v Australia 5th ODI Tips, Predictions and Preview - Dramatic series decider in Delhi

Ashton Turner stunned India at Mohali to help Australia chase down a record-breaking target of 359 runs, and the series is now level 2-2 as we move to Delhi for the decider on Wednesday.

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