The 3rd and final ODI match between India and Australia will be played on Wednesday, September 27 at Saurashtra Cricket Stadium, Rajkot.
Team India won the first two ODI matches against Australia, securing an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. This renders the third game a ‘dead rubber,’ but India is determined to conclude the series with a clean sweep over Australia and enter the ICC World Cup 2023 with confidence. Meanwhile, Australia aims to salvage some pride by winning at least one game in the series to find some positives as they head into the ICC World Cup 2023.
Heading into this game, Team India’s seasoned campaigners, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Siraj, and Kuldeep Yadav, all of whom had a break in the first two ODIs, will be back in action. On the other side, it’s a question mark whether Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell will be match-ready for Australia and make it to the playing eleven in this game.
However, before we get into the excitement of the match, let’s take a look at the pitch report, pitch stats, and ground records of Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot.
IND vs AUS 3rd ODI: Saurashtra Cricket Stadium, Rajkot Pitch Report
The pitch at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium is a true paradise for batters, where they’ll be eager to launch an offensive against the bowlers right from the start. However, bowlers, whether pacers or spinners, will find themselves under constant pressure, requiring exceptional efforts to claim wickets here.
To counteract the batter’s onslaught, bowlers must maintain a tight line and length, preventing easy scoring opportunities, as the boundary is just a small mistake away. It’s worth noting that in this venue, a plenty of matches have been won by teams chasing the target, making the toss winner likely to opt for bowling first.
IND vs AUS 3rd ODI: Saurashtra Cricket Stadium, Rajkot Pitch Stats, and ODI Records
- Total matches: 3
- Matches won batting first: 3
- Matches won bowling first: 0
- Average 1st Innings scores: 311
- Average 2nd Innings scores: 290
- Highest total recorded: 340/6 (50 Ov) by IND vs AUS
- Lowest total recorded: 304/10 (49.1 Ov) by AUS vs IND
- Lowest score defended: 270/7 (50 Ov) by RSA vs IND
IND vs AUS 3rd ODI: Saurashtra Cricket Stadium, Rajkot Weather Report
Wednesday’s weather forecast for Rajkot indicates mostly clear conditions, with only a 20% chance of precipitation. Temperatures will linger around 33°C, while humidity is projected to be at approximately 65%, accompanied by a light breeze blowing at 14 km/h.