Team India will play Australia in the third one-day international, which will decide the series, on March 22. This will be a high-octane match. The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai will host the match. Last week, the Men in Blue took a 1-0 lead in the series with a spirited victory over a close contest. However, the visitors roared back and humiliated the Rohit Sharma-led team in Vizag.
India were bowled out for just 108 runs by the Australian bowlers, and Mitchell Starc took five wickets to wreck havoc. After that, they chased down the target in just 11 overs without dropping a single wicket as Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head scored half-centuries.
With the series level at 1-1, the two groups will hope to secure the third ODI and finish the 41-day long visit on the most ideal note. In addition, the eagerly anticipated match provides India and Australia with a chance to break numerous records. In light of this, let’s examine the three such records that may be broken in the upcoming match.
Mitchell Starc, arguably the best bowler in the ODI series thus far, is close to making history ahead of the third ODI. He has taken 598 international wickets for Australia, including 306 in Tests, 219 in ODIs, and 73 in T20Is. The world-class left-arm pacer needs only two more wickets to earn his 600th scalp in international play and join an elite group.
It wouldn’t be out of the question for him to take those two wickets in Chennai and become only the fourth Australian to reach 600 wickets, given his impeccable form.
KL Rahul, India’s hero from the first game, is on the verge of making history in the next match against Australia as well. The right-given player, who has amassed 1,945 stumbles into 51 ODI innings up to this point, is only 55 runs shy of finishing his 2,000 ODI runs.
Rahul will become the second-fastest Indian to achieve this milestone if, in his 52nd innings on Tuesday, he is successful in achieving the 2,000-run mark. For the Men in Blue, Shikhar Dhawan currently leads that particular chart after scoring his first 2,000 ODI runs in just 48 innings.
Virat Kohli started well in the previous game, but he didn’t make the most of it, falling behind for a team-high 31 points. However, he will probably be determined to end the series on a high note by scoring a significant run total in the third One-Day International, which also gives him a chance to set yet another record.
Presently, with 2,118 runs in ODIs among India and Australia, Kohli is the fourth-most elevated run-getter on the rundown. He will surpass Ricky Ponting’s record of 2,164 runs on Wednesday if he can score at least 47 runs.
Between the two cricketing titans, Sachin Tendulkar (3,077) and Rohit Sharma (2,221) are the top two run-getters in ODIs. If Kohli scores a century, he could also surpass Rohit.