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Cricket: India v Australia second ODI preview

Australia will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak when they take on India in the second One Day International in Indore on Sunday.

Preparations for the World Cup are not going to plan following another defeat, this time against India, in the opening ODI clash on Friday.

Australia were bowled out for 276 off their 50 overs, and India reached the target with eight balls to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

The defeat comes on the back of a 3-2 series defeat against South Africa, who won the last three ODIs, and these are worrying times for the Aussies.

There is still time to put things right, but it needs to start now, in the second ODI against India, who will of course host the 2023 tournament.

Australia can be backed at 5.50 to win the 2023 World Cup, but will need to improve dramatically on current form.

WhatIndia v Australia - 2nd ODI
WhereHolkar Stadium, Indore
When18:00 (AEST) Sunday 24th September 2023
How to watchKayo Sports
OddsIndia 1.72, Australia 2.10 

Cummins cool despite defeat

Australian skipper Pat Cummins was back in the side for the opening ODI defeat against India, and although disappointed with the loss, he refused to panic.

Cummins admitted they have one eye on the World Cup and it is all about peaking at just the right time.

However he is also well aware that it is important to set the standards now and build some winning momentum heading into the World Cup.

There were some good performances with the bat in the opening ODI, but no-one could kick on and notch the kind of score that wins a match.

David Warner top scored with 52 but could not take it on. Warner is priced at 4.50 to be Team – Top Batter in the second ODI.

Star batsman Steve Smith was back in the side and managed to score 41. He can be backed at 4.33 in the second match.

Aussies could make changes

Australia were once again missing key players in the first ODI as both Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell remain in Australia.

It is hoped both could return from injury for the third match of the series, but they will miss out again on Sunday.

Travis Head is also injured and he was sorely missed in the first match. It remains to be seen if he will be fit enough to return on Sunday.

Alex Carey and Josh Hazlewood were both rested for the opener and Australia may opt to bring them back into the side.

Matthew Short had a low-key debut when scoring just two runs and failing to take a wicket, so could be left out.

Adam Zampa was guilty of putting down a crucial catch on Friday, but he was the pick of the Aussie bowlers when taking 2-57 off his 10 overs.

Both Zampa and Cummins can be backed at 3.75 to be Team – Top Bowler.

India top of the pile

India have moved to the top of the ICC ODI rankings with their win in the first match and will be looking to wrap up the series.

The fact they managed to win the first match without superstars such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Kuldeep Yadav, made it even more impressive.

Openers Shubman Gill and Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 74 and 71 respectively, while stand-in skipper KL Rahul finished the innings on 58 not-out.

Gill can be backed at 3.60 to be the Team – Top Batter once again.

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