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Kuldeep Yadav is down for a quick interview. He says that he has been bowling well since the last series and today is a decider so he is looking forward to it. Adds that the bowlers tend to bowl defensively in this format. Adds that he did not mind getting hit for a six and stuck to bowling an attacking line. States that looking for wickets in the middle overs is very important. Finishes by saying that he is focusing on more on varying his pace and that will be the key for him.
India (Unchanged Playing XI) – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.
Australia (Playing XI) – David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (WK), Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood (In for Kane Richardson), Adam Zampa.
Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, says that they got exactly what they wanted and wants to put the pressure on the Australian batsmen. Expects dew to settle later in the evening while also mentioning that usually the pitch here will play the same over the full quota of 100 overs. Says against the Australians they had a comprehensive victory in the 2nd ODI. On the changes in the playing XI, Kohli informs that there are no changes and KL Rahul will be looking to make a good impression in front of his home fans on this wonderful ground.
Aaron Finch, the Australian skipper, says that this looks like a good wicket to bat on. Says that they want to get into the Indian middle order and are aiming to take some early wickets. Credits India for their victory in the second ODI. On the changes in the playing XI, Finch informs that Josh Hazlewood replaces Kane Richardson as he is a bit sore after the last match.
Toss – Up goes the coin and Aaron Finch calls Heads! Heads it is and Australia have opted to bat first.
Pitch report – Sanjay Manjrekar is down for the pitch report alongside Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar. Sanjay Manjrekar says that the pitch is very dry and there are some cracks on it. Sunil Gavaskar says that there will be a lot of grip and assistance especially for the wrist spinners, but there will be something for the finger spinners as well. Further says that the team who wins the Toss should want to bat first and put the pressure on the opposition but it will be interesting to see what the captains will do.
It is time! The M Chinnaswamy Stadium awaits as India and Australia face off in the series decider. A crunch clash, one where each side would be looking to prove a point. The Indian batting order finally looks settled after an injury to Rishabh Pant has seen KL Rahul slot into the wicket-keeping slot and make room for another pure batsman or an all-rounder too in the form of Shivam Dube. The Australians after a massive victory in the first ODI, were defeated in the second one but they won’t be too disappointed with the manner of it as they were well in the game until the 35th over after which Kuldeep Yadav turned the game around in one over.