Deadline: January 19, 2020 at 1:30 PM IST

Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Pitch Report

The average first and second innings scores at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium read 258 and 236 respectively. The highest total registered here is 383 for 6 by India against Australia, while the highest chased is 329 for 7 by Ireland against England.

Although runs come thick and fast at the venue, it has offered some assistance for the spinners. Yuzvendra Chahal claimed a six-wicket haul in a T20I, against England in 2017.

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Fantasy Tips

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Wicketkeeper: KL Rahul

Batsmen: David Warner, Virat Kohli (c), Steven Smith (vc), Aaron Finch, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan

All-rounders: Marnus Labuschagne, Ravindra Jadeja

Bowlers: Mitchell Starc, Mohammad Shami

Power players

One of Rohit Sharma’s three double-hundreds came at the venue and, more importantly, against Australia. He smashed 209 off 158 including 12 fours and 16 sixes, 2013.

KL Rahul‘s last 6 international innings read 102, 77, 45, 54, 47, and 80. With the gloves, he bagged two catches and stumped Aaron Finch at Rajkot, giving fantasy players who picked him an edge over the others. Above all, he played four IPL seasons for Bengaluru, knowing the nook and cranny of the ground.

Before getting out to Adam Zampa for the consecutive time in the series at Rajkot, Virat Kohli looked in an ominous touch. He scored 78 off 76 including 5 fours. This means that he ran 54 runs between the wickets in a mere 70 deliveries. He finds ways to keep the scorecard ticking against any good bowling attack.

This isn’t the Aaron Finch we know. He has been selective with his stroke play in the series, going after the bowlers only when he is sure. His 143 runs have come with a strike rate of 88.2. He knows he is against a top-class bowling unit, hence making sure he picks his moments.

David Warner looked good until Manish Pandey pulled off a one-handed ripper. Given the nature of the track, he is likely to play another stunning innings. He has a score of 124 to his name at the venue, making him one of the top choices for captaincy in fantasy cricket.

The duo of Steven Smith (98) and Marnus Labuschagne (46) looked as threatening as they were during the Australian summer. Had they batted for 5 more overs, curtains would have been down for India. Kohli’s bowlers have an uphill task at hand.

Adam Zampa has taken 4 wickets – the exact number of dismissal Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav have pocketed combined. He doesn’t fear tossing the ball up and into the Indian batsmen’s defence.

Shikhar Dhawan has looked the most comfortable batsmen for India against the Australians. With 170 runs, he is the highest run-scorer in the series.

Match Prediction

India have won 3 of 5 ODIs against Australia at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. Apart from this fact, we do not have enough evidence to determine the match prediction, for this is a clash of the titans.

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Probable XIs

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Manish Pandey/Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson

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