India v Australia 2nd ODI

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Virat Kohli top scored for India in the 1st ODI. Source: AP/
Australia  scored a dominant 72 run victory in the opening One Day International against India  on the weekend and will be confident of reasserting its superiority at Jaipur on Wednesday. While many sides have struggled to contain the host’s explosive batsmen on docile pitches, Australia’s battery of paceman did the job of containing the Indian top order and MS Dhoni’s men never really looking like threatening the tourist’s total of 304.

Skipper George Bailey  continued to impress in the middle order for Australia after top scoring with 85 at Rajkot and will again look to bat for a long period around some of the more powerful batsman in the top order. Aaron Finch  and Phil Hughes  combined for an opening partnership  of 110 in the series opener and will continue at the top of the order with Dave Warner left at home and Shane Watson  batting at three. Mitch Johnson and Clint McKay set the platform with a strong new ball burst and will again spearhead the attack in what is likely to be an unchanged side.

The hosts had won eight consecutive 50 over matches before this series but are unlikely to be panicked into making many changes despite having their impressive run brought to an end. Top order lynchpin Virat Kohli  was the only Indian to reach a half century on Sunday and will look to continue his good for having bagged two fifties and a century from his past four ODI innings. Suresh Raina  will continue to bat at number four as MS Dhoni gives him an extended run up the order, but there could be changes in the pace division after Vinay Kumar and Ishant Sharma were treated with contempt by the Australian batsmen. Young quicks Mohammed Shami and Jaydev Unadkat are both in the squad and will be given a chance if the selectors elect to make changes.

India has a good record at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, having won four of its past five matches at the ground. Australia has emerged victorious on four of the past five occasions that these sides have met however, including the past three, and will be confident of taking a 2-0 series lead to Mohali on Saturday.

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