The third and last ODI of the series between India and Australia is set to take place in Rajkot on Wednesday, September 27.

As the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup approaches, the Men in Blue are focused on wrapping up their preparations with a clean sweep against the Aussies. The return of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah adds to the anticipation. This trio is expected to feature prominently, with KL Rahul relinquishing his captaincy duties to Rohit in the last match.

On the other hand, Australia will be also making changes to their final XI in a bid to finish the series on a positive note. The visitors have faced defeat in both previous matches, and it remains to be seen if they can achieve a favourable outcome in the  final encounter.

Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium Pitch Report:

The Saurashtra Cricket Stadium pitch offers a perfect setting for batters to unleash their aggressive strokes right from the outset. On the contrary, bowlers will face unrelenting pressure, demanding extraordinary performances to pick wickets at this venue.

The team batting first has won on all three matches so far. Therefore, the captain winning the coin toss is likely to elect to bat.

  • Total matches: 3
  • Matches won batting first: 3
  • Average 1st Innings scores: 311
  • Average 2nd Innings scores: 290
  • Highest total recorded: 340/6 (50 Ov) by India vs Australia
  • Lowest total recorded: 304/10 (49.1 Ov) by Australia vs India
  • Lowest score defended: 270/7 (50 Ov) by South Africa vs India

Rajkot Weather Forecast

The Rajkot weather forecast suggests predominantly sunny skies with a slight 10% chance of rain. This forecast bodes well for cricket enthusiasts as rain is unlikely to disrupt the match significantly. The temperature is expected to reach approximately 34 degrees Celsius, and humidity levels should be around 61%. A light breeze at 10 kmph is also anticipated.

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Rajkot Weather Forecast
Rajkot Weather Forecast (Photo Source: Twitter)

IND vs AUS, probable playing XI, 3rd ODI:

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav/Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami

Australia: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott/Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa

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