WICKET! Finch b Jadeja 27 (Australia 76-1)
Aaron Finch has won the toss, Australia to bat first
Welcome to the final (and it is a final!) ODI between India and Australia
Who would have thought when India went two-zip up in this series last week that Australia would take it to a fifth and deciding set? This is the Indian outfit that have won 12 of their last 13 ODI series against Aaron Finch’s side who have a worse record on the road than the Washington Generals since the 2015 World Cup.
Yet here we at Delhi, Australia with their wind at their back after a quite magnificent victory on Sunday in Mohali where they mounted their highest successful run chase in any ODI – getting to 359 with 13 balls to spare, if you don’t mind – thanks to Ashton Turner’s coming-of-age classic. The 84 he clobbered off 43 balls at the business end will surely have him on the World Cup flight.
As for the hosts, this is their last ODI before they arrive in the UK for the tournament that matters most, the IPL next on their players’ agenda. It raises the stakes on this fixture for those yet to book their own berth, such as KL Rahul who was given the chance to bat ahead of Kohli on Sunday and didn’t capitalise.
Right, we have a lot to get through between now and the first ball in about 30 minutes from now, not least the toss and teams coming up shortly. Reports from training yesterday indicate that Marcus Stoinis might be fit and should, therefore, come back into the XI. But for whom? That’ll be interesting.
To open the batting on the music today, I give you Sports Team! They are a band that I found the other day (thanks, Spotify), who have a lot of titles referencing cricket. Indeed, their EP last year was called Winter Nets. I’m hooked. Enjoy.