Men in Blue eye revenge
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A determined Indian team will look to plug their batting and bowling loopholes as they go into the second cricket one-dayer against an upbeat Australia here on Wednesday with concerns over the form of some of their key bowlers.
Having been beaten comprehensively in the first match by 72 runs, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men would quickly like to get their act together as gaining momentum will be key in this seven-match series.
On the other hand, a win at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium on Tuesday will give Australia a run-away lead, which will be a shot in the arm considering they came into the series as underdogs.
For a team that is World No. 1 in ICC ODI rankings after a string of impressive performances in the Champions Trophy, West Indies tri-series and Zimbabwe series, one defeat can be overlooked as an aberration.
But the 'Men In Blue' would like to ensure that the match in Pune was a one-off thing as they go out there to reassert their supremacy in the 50-over format.
For that, the hosts would need to lift their performances by quite a few notches as they were below par in all departments during the first One-dayer.
The Indian pacers have been quite pedestrian during the opening encounter with both Ishant Sharma and R Vinay Kumar being clobbered by the trio of Aaron Finch, Bailey and Glenn Maxwell.
Especially, Ishant who has been disappointing in both Twenty20 International and the first ODI. Pathetic figures of 0/52 in four overs in the T20 International followed by 0/56 in seven overs in ODIs have hurt India badly as Aussie batsmen assaulted the lanky Delhi pacer with a flurry of boundaries in both matches. He has looked out of sorts and failed to hit the right length as he delivered a lot of short balls.
Indian spinners have performed relatively well with both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja putting up a decent show in the two matches that they have played so far. With Yuvraj Singh bowling his slow left-armers effectively, the spin department is less of a concern for Dhoni at the moment.
Skipper Dhoni is not known to make too many changes and it is expected that Ishant will retain his place in the playing XI, which is likely to remain unchanged for on Tuesday.