Team India bowlers must rectify their errors in the third ODI at Melbourne if they want to stay in the series as the visitors have failed to defend 300-plus totals in consecutive games against Australia in the first two ODIs.
The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side have been defeated in first two games of the 5-match ODI series at Perth and Brisbane.
Though, they scored 300-plus scores in both the games, but bowlers unable to deliver their best and lost the games comprehensively.
Indian opener Rohit Sharma played magnificent knocks by scoring two centuries while his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan failed to give a good start in both the games.
However, young left-arm seamer Barinder Sran bowled well in the first game by providing early breakthroughs, but the visitors failed to pick wickets in the middle overs which cost them the matches.
The hosts are leading the series 2-0 as the third ODI will be played on Sunday at MCG. Australian top order have shown their perfection while their hard-hitting middle and lower-order are yet to be exposed with James Faulkner and wicket-keeper Matthew Wade have not got chances to bat.
Rohit, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have performed well in the first two games while skipper Dhoni who is known as one of the world’s dangerous finishers, yet to show his temperament.
Australia: Steve Smith (c), Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, George Bailey, John Hastings, Glenn Maxwell,James Faulkner, Matthew Wade (wk), Joel Paris, Scott Boland, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Marsh.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c and wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Gurkeerat Mann, Rishi Dhawan, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Barinder Sran.