Preview: 3rd ODI – Will India make any changes in Playing XI for 3rd ODI? Where to watch?

After a thrilling show yesterday in the second ODI, Australia would be eyeing their 27th consecutive ODI win while India would aim to break it and avoid a clean sweep in the third and the final ODI scheduled for Tomorrow, 26th September.


Beth Mooney scored a Century to help Australia beat India by 5 Wickets in 2nd ODI. PC: Getty Images
Beth Mooney scored a Century to help Australia beat India by 5 Wickets in 2nd ODI. PC: Getty Images


Dominating the game with the bat and then during the first half of their bowling, the women in blue were seen in a much better form during the second ODI as compared to the first one. Smriti Mandhana’s 86, Richa Ghosh’s 44, and some important runs by Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami added up to India scoring 274 in their 50 overs. It was a challenging start to the chase for the host as they lost 4 wickets for just 52 runs, but it was all Beth Mooney and Tahlia McGrath after that. McGrath contributed an important 74 and the sensational Beth Mooney who was promoted to the top as a replacement for injured Rachel Haynes remained unbeaten on 125. Unable to break the partnership, the Indian bowlers got into a tough situation and the pressure cost them the game.

IND-W vs AUS-W, 3rd ODI-:

Date– Sunday, 26th September

Time– 5:35 AM IST Onwards

Venue– Harrup Park, Mackay

Where to watch
TV- Sony Sports Network,
Live Streaming- SonyLIV

Predicted XI-:

India – The ODI series has already slipped off their hands but with the series following a point-based system, the team would love to add points to their count. Also, before the series, India’s captain Mithali Raj said that they were looking forward to this as an opportunity to prepare for the World Cup next year, and Australia being one of the most successful teams of Women’s cricket, the series would give the women a good exposure and would help them in analyzing the weak and strong areas. So, we might see a couple of changes or even more to the side.

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Indian Women's Cricket Team vs Australia. PC: Getty Images
Indian Women’s Cricket Team vs Australia. PC: Getty Images


The first point of focus would be the bowling attack, we can see Shikha Pandey getting a chance as she is a very experienced player and can be a good choice in pressure situations with both bat and ball. The next possible change could be the inclusion of the team’s vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur if she has recovered well from her thumb injury. She would definitely be a big asset to the side. As per just the batting is concerned, the batters have performed well during the second ODI but there is a slight chance that Yastika misses out making way for Jemimah Rodrigues.

Australia – They would be focused on taking their ODI winning streak to 27 and winning yet another ODI series. Given the series is in safe hands, we might see a couple of changes to the squad. Firstly, they would love to have their vice-captain, Rachael Haynes, back to the Playing XI. She was left out in the 2nd ODI due to an injury. Secondly, youngster Stella Campbell who was exceptional during the warm-up game taking 3 wickets and that too of India’s top performers – Shafali Verma, Richa Ghosh, and Sneh Rana could make her ODI debut to the team.

This Women’s Cricket rivalry between India and Australia is bringing in a lot of thrillers and excitement and it looks like we are once again going to see the battle to be the best on the field tomorrow.

Do Tune in for the last ODI between the two Tomorrow to have a great cricketing Sunday.

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