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IND vs AUS, 3rd ODI match: Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: India vs Australia, 3rd ODI match (IND vs AUS)

Date: September 27, Wednesday, 1.30 PM IST

Venue: Saurashtra Cricket association Stadium, Rajkot

India and Australia will square off against one another in the third and final clash of their ongoing series, set to unfold at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on September 27. India currently commands a 2-0 lead in the series, setting the stage for a potential clean sweep.

In the opening match of the series played in Mohali, Mohammad Shami’s remarkable five-wicket performance garnered substantial attention, limiting Australia to a modest first-innings total of 276 runs. India, in response, showcased their prowess as Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shubman Gill orchestrated an impressive partnership of 142 runs for the opening wicket, ultimately propelling India to victory with eight balls to spare. Worth noting are the contributions of KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav, both notching up half-centuries.

The second ODI in Indore witnessed India’s dominance reach new heights. After posting a formidable 399 runs while batting first, courtesy of centuries by Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer, alongside half-centuries by KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav, Australia found themselves bowled out for a mere 217 runs. India clinched a resounding 99-run victory via the DLS method.

This series serves as the ultimate preparation for both teams ahead of the impending World Cup, slated to commence on October 5th. Australia now seeks to boost their morale by clinching a victory in the final match, thereby avoiding a whitewash.

Ahead of the third and final ODI between India and Australia, here is everything you need to know to maximize your chances of winning big cash prizes on MPL.

Weather update and pitch report for IND vs AUS, 3rd ODI

The pitch at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot is batting friendly. A run-fest could be on the cards once again. The fast bowlers may be effective in the initial overs, but the spinners may not be able to extract much from this wicket. Overall, a total of 3 ODI matches have been played at the Rajkot stadium, from which the first innings total is 311 runs. The last time India played here, in 2020, they scored 340 for 6. The teams batting first have won all the three matches.

The weather will be mostly sunny and clear. The temperature will be around 30 degrees Celsius.

India team news and predicted XI

Team news: India, who rested Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli for the first two matches, have recalled them all for the third game. Mohammed Siraj has also been recalled after giving a rest. Shubman Gill, meanwhile, is likely to be rested.

Squad: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Tilak Varma, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w/c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Prasidh Krishna, Washington Sundar

Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (capt), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia team news and predicted XI

Team news: Glenn Maxwell could be given a chance in the playing XI in the final ODI. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins are also returning for this match after being out of the first two games due to injury.

Squad: Pat Cummins (captain), Sean Abbott, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis (wicketkeeper), Spencer Johnson, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Matt Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Predicted XI: Mitchell Marsh, David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (capt), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

Head-to-head record

In the 50-over format, the two sides have played against each other in a total of 148 matches, with India winning on 56 occasions. Australia won 82 times. 10 matches ended without a result. Earlier this year, Australia defeated India 2-1 in an ODI series.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for IND vs AUS, 3rd ODI

Virat Kohli – batsman, India

Virat Kohli, along with a few other senior players, was rested for the first two ODIs and will now be returning for the final ODI. Kohli, who recently scored an unbeaten 122 against Pakistan at the Asia Cup, will be looking to go all guns blazing in his last match before the World Cup gets underway.

KL Rahul – wicketkeeper batsman, India

KL Rahul scored a half century in both the first two ODIs and will now be looking for a hattrick of half centuries. He remained unbeaten on 58 in the first match in Mohali, and followed it up with a knock of 52 in the second game in Indore. KL’s recent form has been impressive – he recently scored a century against Pakistan at the Asia Cup as well.

Mohammad Siraj – bowler, India

Mohammed Siraj was rested for the first two games. In his last performance in the final of the Asia Cup 2023 on September 17, Siraj wreaked havoc with the ball, picking up six wickets for just 21 runs. He will be one of India’s key bowlers in the World Cup,

Steve Smith – batsman, Australia

Steve Smith, who has historically always performed well against India across formats, scored 41 off 60 balls in the first ODI but was dismissed for a duck in the second ODI. Steven Smith needs 20 runs to become the fourth-fastest from Australia to reach 5000 in ODIs, a record he will be eyeing in Rajkot.

David Warner – batsman, Australia

David Warner scored a half century each in both the first two matches and is Australia’s highest run-scorer in the series so far. Two weeks ago, he scored a half century and a century against South Africa as well. Warner’s recent form makes him a must-have player in your MPL fantasy team.

MPL fantasy XI – IND vs AUS, 3rd ODI

IND vs AUS – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The India vs Australia ODI will be televised on the Sports18 Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Jio Cinema app. The match will begin at 1.30 PM IST on September 27.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.




Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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