"If the wickets are the same, you need someone in the top four to make a really big score".
Former Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Sunday reached the landmark of 50 centuries in worldwide cricket across all three formats of the game after he scored 79 runs against Australia in the first ODI in Chennai.
India were all over the hapless Sri Lankans in the latter's own den without having to break sweat.
At present, team India is at the third position and Australia is at the second position in the ICC world rankings.
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Australia's middle-order will depend a lot on Smith, India's nemesis for a long time as Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade and James Faulkner will have to guide an inexperienced Australian batting line-up.
It won't be smooth sailing for the visitors, though, by any stretch of imagination.
The "Aussies" dominate India across formats, when it comes to head-to-head numbers.
The all-rounder put up a 118-run stand with former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to bail India out after they were staring down an impasse at 87-5 from 21.3 overs. Although the hosts will lack the lack of opener Shikhar Dhawan. Both of India's openers, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma have opened their account, but the new ball is shaping very well, something that will benefit the Australians.
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Sharif's daughter Maryam, 43, has been the chief campaigner in the race, which has served as a test of her political prospects. This is Nawaz Sharif territory, where much of the development work is attributed to the former premier.
KL Rahul might have had his share of struggles ODI's but Kohli is confident that he will come good at No 4 slot.
Yadav dismissed David Warner for 25 but Maxwell looked in murderous mood as he clobbered the left-arm wristspinner for three successive sixes. In Another blow, Finch also ruled out of the series after an injury and he will be replaced by Handscomb. While pacers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami are back to face Australia, spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja continue to be rested.
India can also present 2 wrist spinners, as Axar Patel has already donated the first three ODIs from side to side a left ankle sprain can affect the match.
"I look at them as mystery spinners. We've got a spinning allrounder, we've got allrounders who take the pace off the ball so we've got a few different options". Skipper Steve Smith too got out after scoring 1, he got out playing a poor shot just a delivery after surviving a DRS call because of Umpire's call.
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The format changes from the five-day Tests to the fifty over ODIs but the intensity, passion and will to win will be the same, something both teams have adopted from their fiery, oft-grumpy leaders Steve Smith and Virat Kohli respectively.