Pitch report: “It’s a slightly dry pitch, some minor cracks, but the dryness is really the feature of this pitch. This pitch will have a lot in it for the wristspinners, there will be a lot more grip even for the finger-spinner. The mindset that says chase might change – they need to put scoreboard pressure and pile it on the chasing team,” said Sanjay Manjarekar and Sunil Gavaskar.
12:35 pm: Hello and welcome to Timesofindia.com’s coverage of Australia’s tour of India, which has reached an exciting climax in the form of a series-deciding third ODI in Bengaluru today.
After the Aussies hammered Virat Kohli & Co by 10 wickets in the opener, the hosts cam back to register a 36-run victory in Rajkot to make it 1-1.
In terms of recent stats at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, India’s previous two matches have been T20Is, which they have lost by heavy margins to Australia (by 7 wickets) and South Africa (by 9 wickets).
India’s injury concerns swelled in Rajkot. While Shikhar Dhawan took a Pat Cummins delivery on the elbow and then the ribcage, Rohit left the field after hurting his left shoulder while fielding in the deep.
The BCCI in a statement said the duo’s participation will be finalized on match day.
Bowling on a high-scoring pitch with fast outfield is never easy, especially with the series on line. So the Aussie bowlers, spearheaded by Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, will be keen to come out with their ‘A’ game, which India may mull adding an additional spinner in their line-up.