Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli during toss at Delhi (Courtesy cricket.com.au Twitter)
Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli during toss at Delhi (Courtesy cricket.com.au Twitter)

Delhi ODI: India to bowl first against Aussies

ANI | Updated: Mar 13, 2019 13:49 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar 13 (ANI): Australia won the toss and asked India to bowl first in the final match of the ongoing five-match ODI series here at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Wednesday.
Following the toss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said he also wanted to bat first after looking at the pitch conditions.
Talking about the team combination, Kohli informed that they made two changes in the playing XI from the fourth ODI, bringing in Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammad Shami in place of Yuzvendra Chahal and KL Rahul.
"Would have batted first as well. Hopefully, it doesn't break down so much. Hopefully, there is dew later. This is a knockout game for us. Everyone is pumped up. We are one of the best chasing teams in the world. We have to show that today. Pretty much. last two games did not go our way but it is not like we have not been doing well overall. In terms of team balance, we have sorted our head. We are not unbeatable. But so long as we can learn from our losses, we are okay. Chahal misses out, Jadeja comes in, Rahul misses out Shami has been added. We bat till 8 with Bhuvi in. This we feel is our most balanced side," Kohli said after the toss.
Australian captain Aaron Finch, on the other hand, made two changes from their winning combination in the fourth ODI, bringing in Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Lyon in place of Shaun Marsh and Jason Behrendorff.
"Looks like a pretty dry wicket, hopefully, we can post a big score and defend it. The wicket and the square has been relaid over the last couple of years and haven't been much international cricket here so can't look at history or average scores. Just keep up momentum and Shaun Marsh misses out for Marcus Stoinis. Nathan Lyon's back for Jason Behrendorff," Finch said after the toss.
Having lost the fourth ODI, India would look to win the final ODI to win the five-match series.
Currently, the ODI series stands levelled at 2-2.
Following are the Indian and Australian playing XI:
India- Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c),  Kedhar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Buvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
Australia- Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carrey (wk), Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa. (ANI)

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