Australia tour of India 2023: India vs Australia – 3rd ODI Preview and Updates

India and Australia meet for the final time on the latter’s tour of India, with both teams aiming for a series victory in Chennai. Australia levelled the series in the final match thanks to Starc’s 5-fer and some blistering knocks from the openers.

Rohit Sharma will rely on his bowlers to dominate the series finale. In the previous match, the Indian batters failed to score enough runs for the spin trio to defend. Given the spin-friendly nature of the pitches, Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, and Axar Patel can be effective at this venue.

India should also be aware of the visitors’ spin bowling arsenal. Without a doubt, Adam Zampa is a key wicket-taker, but Ashton Agar’s left-arm orthodox bowling could also be crucial.

Nonetheless, Indian batters are known for their ability to play spin, and Australia should play to their strengths to once again put India on the back foot.

The 3rd ODI between India vs Australia will take place on March 22nd, 2023 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

Match Details to Note

Match: India vs Australia, 3rd ODI, Australia tour of India, 2023

Date: March 22, 2023 (Wednesday)                                           

Time: 1:30 PM IST

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

India vs Australia

India vs Australia

India (Match Odds – 1.70):


A series loss in a World Cup year will sting India. And that’s even when they’re fielding their strongest lineup. KL Rahul responded to his detractors with a match-winning knock in the first ODI. After coming in to bat with India trailing 16-3, the wicket-keeper batsman scored an unbeaten 75 off 91 balls at number 5.

India’s top four batsmen were dismissed for 39 runs in a 189-run chase. When India batted first in the second ODI, they lost half of their side for 49 runs, including KL Rahul. Virat Kohli, who scored 31 off 35 balls, was the sixth wicket to fall with India trailing by 71 runs.

Mitchell Starc caused problems for India’s top and middle order in both matches. On two occasions, Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav were Starc’s prey.

India’s batters can hope for a comeback against Australia’s pace attack because the pitch is expected to help spinners more. If the top order collapses again, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja will be critical to the revival.

India is likely to keep three spinners in their XI. Mohammad Shami and Siraj, along with Hardik Pandya, would spearhead the pace attack. There are serious issues with the batting order. However, players are experienced enough to address them and stage a comeback in a game that must be won.

Full Squad:

Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (Vice-captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Jaydev Unadkat

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Possible Playing XI:

Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami

Australia (Match Odds – 2.15):


Australia made a strong comeback in Vizag, defeating the hosts by a 10-wicket margin. The bowlers, especially Starc, had looked dangerous in the first ODI. Starc had India reeling at 39-4, and the visitors were ahead despite batting first and posting a below-par total.

Mitchell Marsh, like Starc, is in peak condition. With 81 off 65 balls, he was Australia’s top scorer in the first ODI. In the second match, he followed it up with another brilliant knock of 66 off 36 balls.

It won’t be easy in Chepauk against the men in blue’s strong spin-bowling attack. Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne will play pivotal roles in the middle order and must find their groove.

The middle order had failed spectacularly in the first match of the series. Alex Carey came in for Josh Inglis in the second ODI and is expected to be the wicket-keeper batsman in the final match as well.

At 6 and 7, Cameron Green and Marcus Stoinis form a dangerous-looking batting order that can put up a big score or chase down a competitive total.

This batting lineup is deep, and the bowling attack is diverse. Smith has a plethora of all-rounders to choose from when he needs a breakthrough. Adam Zampa’s spin will be crucial, while Starc will be expected to make early breakthroughs with the new ball.

Full Squad:

Steve Smith (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa

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Possible Playing XI:

Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

India vs Australia Head to Head

With their victory over India on Sunday, the Kangaroos now have 81 victories against India, while the Men in Blue have only 54. The two behemoths have clashed 145 times, with 10 matches being called off without a conclusion, and none of their games have ever ended in a draw.

Interestingly, in the most recent bilateral series, which took place in 2020, Australia defeated India 2-1 at home, the last time the Kangaroos won by a margin of 10 wickets.

India vs Australia Head to Head Stats in ODIs

  Matches Played IND Won AUS Won Tie NR
Overall 145 54 81 0 10

India vs Australia Toss Prediction

On this ground, teams batting first and second have won 15 matches each. Both India and Australia have issues with their batting. They would not rely on their batters to put up a good enough total to defend, preferring to bowl first and limit the opposition to a par total.

India vs Australia Pitch Report

The third and final ODI of the series will be played at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium. From 31 one-day international matches, the average first innings score on this ground is 230 runs. At this venue, a total of 260-270 will be a match-winning score.

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The pitch is known to greatly assist spinners. Zampa, Kuldeep, and Jadeja will all be eager to get a hold of the ball. On the day of the match, the weather in Chennai will be mostly sunny, with a high of 32 degrees Celsius.

India vs Australia Prediction

With one game remaining, Australia’s tour of India has come to an end. With India having won the Test series, the visitors will be looking to cap off the tour with a white-ball victory. Smith and company will be buoyed by their recent victory and the current form of Starc and Mitch Marsh. It will be an exciting match between two of the best one-day international teams in the world. Though India has struggled with the bat in recent matches, we believe the key batters in the middle will rebound and lead India to a match-winning score. In our match prediction, India will start as favourites. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

India is the favourite to beat Australia at the odds of 1.70.

India vs Australia Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Despite his poor showings in the first two games, India’s young opener Shubman Gill will be hoping for a strong comeback. Gill has already scored five fifties and four centuries in his 22-match ODI career.

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