India will look to turn around things in the 2nd ODI at Brisbane against Australia whereas, host after registering thumping win in the 1st ODI will look to build on lead and dominate India in the series. Although India lost the match but there was many positives for India to take from 1st ODI. India batted well as a team to post 309 thanks to Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli 207 run partnership, bowling was good too initially when debutant Barinder Saran picked up early wickets and he was well supported by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav.
Australia was brilliant with the bat to chase down 309, although the match went till the last ball but they were in full control of the chase till the last ball. Smith and Bailey outclassed Sharma and Virat partnership as they scored match winning partnership of 247 runs.
Given the result from the first match both team would be looking to bat second in the 2nd ODI, with expected rain during the course of the match and Duck-word Lewis coming into play it always favour the team batting second.
India would be again banking on their batsman to come good in the match. Team Management would be hoping Shikhar Dhawan to score some runs as stats show that whenever he scores more than 50 India win’s the match. Dhoni likes to strangle his opponents with spin but Ashwin and Jadeja were bit of a disappointment in the 1st ODI, they need to pick wickets during the middle overs otherwise with the depth and power in Australia’s batting they are likely to get 300 in every match. Barinder Saran was the pick of the bowlers he would be like to continue his good form.
Despite losing the 1st ODI India will not be making many changes in the team. Batting looked settled but Dhoni might be looking for Gurkeerat Man as he gives option with the bowl too. India clearly lacked Sixth bowler in the 1st ODI. Ishant been declared fit will also like to get a game and Brisbane wicket would help his kind if bowling. Dhoni would be thinking to ply 4 fast bowlers along with Jadeja.
Probable XI: Shikhar, Rohit, Virat, Rahane, Dhoni, Paney/Gurkeerat, Jadeja, Ashwin/Ishant, Bhuvneshwar, Yadav, Barinder Saran
Aussies must be full of confidence going into 2nd ODI. Steve Smith would like to continue his form against India and Bailey is playing as good as he as in the past, he would be hungry for more runs to establish himself before the World T20. Despite the batting heroics Australia would be little worried with their inexperienced bowling. At no stage Australia bowling threatened India batsman during the First ODI. Hazlewood and Faulkner have to step up and take the responsibility to take wickets.
Australia is forced to make changes as David Warner is out on Paternity Leave and Mitchell Marsh has been given rest. Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja both would be fighting for the openers spot; both are in good form and are scoring big runs. Shaun Marsh also made for Khawaja in the test series so it would be interesting to see to who makes to the final XI
Probable XI: Finch, S Marsh/ Khawaja, Smith, Bailey, Maxwell, Wade, Faulkner, Hastings/Richardson, Boland, Paris, Hazlewood
Venue: Gabba, Brisbane
Gabba wicket has plenty of runs in it, however it supports Pace and Swing. Faulkner recently said “he has not seen One day wicket that haven’t been flat here for a while”. Lot of runs are expected during the second ODI as well. The team who bowls well is likely to win the match. Rain is expected during the course of the match, which would bring Duck-Ward Lewis calculations into the match.
Date: 15th January, 2016, Friday
Time: 13:20 Local | 08:50 ISA
Coverage: Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD