The crucial 4th ODI of this 5-match ODI series between India and Australia. The visitors showed promise in the first 2 ODIs and were finally able to get over the line in the 3rd ODI. One would feel the momentum is with the Aussies but this Indian side has shown it in the past that they bounce back stronger when they are down.
PITCH REPORT - Murali Kartik and Sunil Gavaskar are down for the pitch report. The latter reckons it looks like a good surface with a hint of grass covering. Feels that the pitch will help seamers at the start. Adds there will be no assistance for spinners and the pitch will be a good one for batting. Expects another 600-run game. Feels that India had a bad experience bowling first in Ranchi. Opines that if the sky is clear later in the day then there will be dew. Still feels that the captain winning the toss should bowl first
Virat Kohli the Indian captain says he wants to bat first. Reckons it looks like a belter of a pitch and he wants to put runs on the board. Feels the pitch will remain the same and states he cannot predict if there will be due or not. Mentions there are 4 changes in the squad. Dhoni, Rayudu, Shami and Jadeja are out Pant, Rahul, Bhuvneshwar and Chahal are in.
Aaron Finch the Australian captain says that he would have batted first as well. Says the pitch will remain same and hopes that they bowl well and take early wickets. States that they want to level the series and wants to look at the bigger picture going forward.
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa