Ind Vs Aus 3rd Match Coverage 18th January 2019: Preview, Playing XI, & Match Prediction.

Ind Vs Aus 3rd Match Coverage 18th January 2019: Preview, Playing XI, & Match Prediction.

The thrilling second encounter between the two heavy-weights came to an exhilarating conclusion with India leveling the three-match series. With Kohli leading from the front with a century and Dhoni once again proving his critics wrong with an unbeaten 55, the final match ODI at Melbourne will be intense. This was a very dominant performance by India, after their dismal showing at Sydney. Both the batting and the bowling unit showed they were ready to bounce back and take home the series. So, join us for the latest team news, starting XIs, key players, and of course our match-analysis and prediction.


After opting to bat first again, Australia put up a defendable score of 298, largely thanks to a gaudy Shaun Marsh innings. The openers Alex Carey and Aaron Finch were faltered by the duo of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohamed Shami. Australia’s openers have been poor this series and this resulted in pressure in the middle orders. The most impressive with the bat though, has been Shaun Marsh, who once again put up a fine 131 in just 123 balls. The Aussies will once again look to their in-form Marsh to help steer the innings in Melbourne. Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb will also need to step up in the final match.

Betting & Bowling-line up

The inexperienced Aussie bowling line up was at the mercy of Indian batting at Adelaide. The same combination of Behrendorff and Richardson proved to be very costly this time around. This shows what a difference an experienced bowler like Strac could have made. Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle are still ineffective. The coach would do well to field Zampa for the final match.

Shaun Marsh has been in excellent form and he will do damage with the bat if not checked early. The bowling will have to be helmed by Richardson and Behrendorff.

Predicted Playing XI

Alex Carey, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marc Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff.


The 299 run target might have been difficult to reach, had it not been for Virat Kohli. The skipper struck a magnificent 104 to help steer India to victory. Dhoni once again proved that age is just a number with his signature six at the end. India has perhaps the best chasing duo, the game has ever produced. Both Dhawan and Rohit Sharma started off well and the bowlers were having a hard time. Sharma in particular, was again on target but missed his half century. Kohli played an excellent innings to bring up his 39th ton and the match was later finished off by Dhoni with a splendid 55 not out. India would do well to continue on this form at Melbourne. With a nice batting surface at Melbourne, India might just have take away the series.

Bowling line-up

The Indian bowling did well to restrict Australia fewer than 300. The duo of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohamed Shami bagged seven wickets between them to disrupt the Aussie batting. Debutant Mohammed Siraj proved to be expensive in his first match. The main threat will be in the form of Shaun Marsh and the Indian pacers will have to keep the left hander in check early in the innings.

Betting line-up

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni will be looking to chase down another total to bag the series. While, Bhuvi and Shami will look to keep the Aussies in check.

Predicted Playing XI

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Amabati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed.

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    This one might prove to be easy. Given the conditions and the pitch, India look to take home the series. In short, India is favorites to win this match?

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