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India look to salvage pride in final ODI today

By The Assam Tribune
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CANBERRA, Dec 1: Left chasing shadows in the first two games, a listless Indian team would most certainly tweak its bowling combination in order to avoid a second successive clean-sweep when it takes on Australia in the third and final ODI here on Wednesday.

A 0-3 defeat against Australia would be their second rout in consecutive ODI series having met the same fate in New Zealand earlier this year.

�We are very much determined to go out there to win the next match and see that it�s not a clean sweep,� top-order batsman Shreyas Iyer said when asked what his team can do to stop Australia�s first in 20 years.

�Our bowlers are really positive with their work ethic and we could see that during training, a few of the bowlers practising with certain plans,� he added.

The first two games turned out to be run-fests in which Australia out-batted Virat Kohli�s men and before they switch over to the T20 series, a win at the picturesque Manuka Oval could do their confidence a world of good.

Skipper Kohli has been the first to admit that they have been �outplayed� in the two games and it is expected that some corrective measures will be taken in order to get their campaign back on track.

Navdeep Saini, India�s fastest bowler, like a lot of others on his first tour of Australia, has looked clueless.

Such has been his plight that Kohli was forced to bowl a half-fit (bowling wise) Hardik Pandya and even Mayanak Agarwal to complete Saini�s spell after he gave away 70 runs in seven overs.

It could well be possible that one among Shardul Thakur, with an experience of 27 international games, or the �yorker sensation� rookie left-armer Thangarasu Natarajan will be seen replacing Saini.

In case of Natarajan, it could be his international debut and a chance to test himself in an inconsequential game before the start of the T20 series where he is sure to play a part.

It could well be a case of both Shardul and Natarajan being given a go in case Kohli decides to rest both Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, who need to remain fit and fresh for the big-ticket Test series.

Natarajan, with his clever variations and change of pace, could provide a different dimension, as the cutters might work well and a bit of swing may be on offer on a ground which is not exactly a closed concrete jungle and may aid a bit of swing.

Never had an Indian attack looked so out of sorts as it did in the two games � hit for 69 boundaries and 19 sixes. � PTI

Match Starts: 9:10 am IST.

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India look to salvage pride in final ODI today

CANBERRA, Dec 1: Left chasing shadows in the first two games, a listless Indian team would most certainly tweak its bowling combination in order to avoid a second successive clean-sweep when it takes on Australia in the third and final ODI here on Wednesday.

A 0-3 defeat against Australia would be their second rout in consecutive ODI series having met the same fate in New Zealand earlier this year.

�We are very much determined to go out there to win the next match and see that it�s not a clean sweep,� top-order batsman Shreyas Iyer said when asked what his team can do to stop Australia�s first in 20 years.

�Our bowlers are really positive with their work ethic and we could see that during training, a few of the bowlers practising with certain plans,� he added.

The first two games turned out to be run-fests in which Australia out-batted Virat Kohli�s men and before they switch over to the T20 series, a win at the picturesque Manuka Oval could do their confidence a world of good.

Skipper Kohli has been the first to admit that they have been �outplayed� in the two games and it is expected that some corrective measures will be taken in order to get their campaign back on track.

Navdeep Saini, India�s fastest bowler, like a lot of others on his first tour of Australia, has looked clueless.

Such has been his plight that Kohli was forced to bowl a half-fit (bowling wise) Hardik Pandya and even Mayanak Agarwal to complete Saini�s spell after he gave away 70 runs in seven overs.

It could well be possible that one among Shardul Thakur, with an experience of 27 international games, or the �yorker sensation� rookie left-armer Thangarasu Natarajan will be seen replacing Saini.

In case of Natarajan, it could be his international debut and a chance to test himself in an inconsequential game before the start of the T20 series where he is sure to play a part.

It could well be a case of both Shardul and Natarajan being given a go in case Kohli decides to rest both Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, who need to remain fit and fresh for the big-ticket Test series.

Natarajan, with his clever variations and change of pace, could provide a different dimension, as the cutters might work well and a bit of swing may be on offer on a ground which is not exactly a closed concrete jungle and may aid a bit of swing.

Never had an Indian attack looked so out of sorts as it did in the two games � hit for 69 boundaries and 19 sixes. � PTI

Match Starts: 9:10 am IST.

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