Australia host India in the fifth and final one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday, 22 January. The hosts are leading the five-match series 4-0 and will be looking to complete a whitewash over Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men ahead of the World T20 scheduled in India in March.
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Australia will be looking to rotate the squad and give the lesser known players a chance to prove themselves against India in a dead rubber. The hosts come into the fixture having successfully defended a total for the first time in the tournament, after previously chasing down each of the three 300-plus totals put up by the visitors. Both teams were unable to train before the game owing to rain and there is a high possibility of it playing spoilsport. That might unwittingly save India the blushes after a disappointing performance by MS Dhoni's men.
In the last game, a partnership of 187 runs at the top propelled Australia to 348 runs, with David Warner scoring 93 and Aaron Finch completing a century, before being caught out by Ishant Sharma. The likes of Glenn Maxwell and Steven Smith played a quickfire innings in the middle order pushing the score above the 300 mark.
In reply, India started the innings very brightly, with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan putting up a 65-run partnership, before Sharma was dismissed. Virat Kohli came in next and both him and Dhawan built a 212-run partnership to take India to 276 runs for the loss of only a wicket.
However, carnage ensued after the dismissal of Dhawan and India, who were in the driver's seat, threw away the advantage, with Dhoni the first to go for a duck. The rest of the batsmen, barring Ravindra Jadeja, fell without getting into double digits, letting the Aussies win their fourth consecutive game in the series.
Betting Odds (Bet365)
- Australia Win: 2/5
- India Win: 2
Australia to Win
Possible XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith (c), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, John Hastings, Scott Boland, Josh Hazlewood, Joel Paris
Possible XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran