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In the third and final ODI of the series, Australia take on India at the Manuka Oval on Wednesday. 

It was a repeat of the same script in the second game as India lost again after Australia put up another mammoth total. Having won the series, Australia will look to whitewash India in preparation for the T20 series.

The injury to D Warner is a big blow but the batting still looks strong and dominating. S Smith is at his absolute best at the moment and along with G Maxwell makes up a very strong middle order. Australia had little hiccups in the two games and will look to dominate India here as well.

With two straight losses, India will play for pride in the third game. It has been an absolute disaster for the side so far in the series and they will have to execute their plans well to win this game. Their bowlers have failed miserably and conceded 374 and 389 runs in the two ODIs. They have failed with the new ball As well as in death overs.

M Agarwal has got his starts but failed to convert them into big scores. V Kohli, S Iyer, and L Rahul looked in good form in the last game and the middle order looks solid. Y Chahal, H Pandya, and R Jadeja will have to assume additional responsibilities, given India’s poor show with the new ball. 

Another cracking game of cricket awaits as Canberra plays host to the third and final ODI of the series.

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Match Details

  • Match: Australia vs. India, 3rd ODI
  • Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
  • Date & Time: Dec. 2, 2020, at 9.10 AM IST

Probable Playing XI


A Finch (C), M Labuschagne, S Smith, G Maxwell, C Green, M Henriques, A Carey (WK), S Abbott, M Starc, A Zampa, J Hazlewood


S Dhawan, M Agarwal, V Kohli (C), S Iyer, L Rahul (WK), H Pandya, R Jadeja, M Shami, T Natarajan, Y Chahal, J Bumrah

Weather and Pitch Report

It will be a bright and sunny day. The temperature will be around 24 degrees Celsius during the day and 13 degrees in the evening. 

There will be no respite for the bowlers, and another high-scoring game is expected at the Manuka Oval. The average first innings score in the last five ODIs here has been 355. There will be some assistance for both spinners and seamers, but if the bowlers don’t get early wickets, they are going to have a difficult time.

The last seven games at this venue have been won by the team batting first, dating back to 2013. The closest margin of victory has been 25 runs. If we go by that, both the captains will ideally want to bat first on winning the toss, with 330 being a competitive score on this track.

Key Players

  • S Smith is having a dream run against India in ODIs. In the last five games, he has scores of 69, 98, 131, 105, and 104. Expect him to continue his form here.
  • G Maxwell is back in form after a disappointing Indian T20 League. He scored an impressive 49 runs off just 19 balls in the first ODI and 63 off 29 balls in the second. If promoted up the order, he can score a big one.  
  • J Hazlewood has picked up 5 wickets in the series at an average of 22.8. He dismissed V Kohli both the times in this series. In the absence of P Cummins, he is Australia’s strike bowler.
  • S Dhawan was quite impressive in the first match, scoring 74 runs followed by 30 in the second game. His runs at the top of the order will be crucial in an expected high-scoring game.
  • V Kohli scored a masterful 89 off 87 balls in the second match after missing out in the first game. He will be eager to score a big one here and help India achieve their first victory on this long tour.
  • M Shami was India’s best bowler in the first two games, picking up 4 wickets at an average of 33 and an economy of 6.94. He will look to strike early and put pressure on the free-flowing Australian middle-order.

Howzat Dream Team

  • Wicketkeeper: L Rahul
  • Batsmen: S Smith, M Labuschagne, A Finch, S Dhawan, V Kohli
  • All-rounders: H Pandya, G Maxwell 
  • Bowlers: J Hazlewood, A Zampa, M Shami
  • Captain: S Smith/G Maxwell
  • Vice Captain: S Dhawan/H Pandya
Howzat Dream Team Australia vs India

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