Michael Clarke Feels Kolkata ODI is Make or Break for Australia

Posted September 21, 2017

The Indian cricket team will storm onto the top spot in the ICC ODI Rankings if they manage to beat Australia in the second match of the five-match series at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.Virat Kohli and his troops are now ranked second in the table, two points behind top-placed South Africa.

After registering a 26-run victory via the Duckworth-Lewis method over Australia in the opener, Virat Kohli and Co looked confident as around 500 supporters cheered the men in blue as they came out of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport and entered the team bus in the afternoon followed by the Australian players.

Former India captain and wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni has transformed into a great shape in recent times. What he has done with the Indian team is been exceptional.

When is India vs Australia 2nd ODI match? Dhoni and Hardik Pandya shared a century stand to take India to a challenging 281/7 in 50 overs, after India were reduced to 87/5. Under Smith, they lost the Test series in India and then were knocked out of the Champions Trophy in the group stages.

The young Australian is a prized wicket in the ongoing series. "I think this is the match that will decide the course of the series", he said of the Eden second one-dayer on September 21. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, would be hoping for an improved performance from his top order. In 56 Tests, he has accumulated 5,370 runs with 20 tons.

Steven Smith, one of the best players of current generation, troubled the Indian bowlers when India toured Australia prior to the World Cup 2015.

"We have enough variation in our attack but it's about executing your plans", the 25-year-old leg-spinner said in the pre-match conference on Tuesday.

"We need at least two hours of sunshine to get the ground ready. Here the length is very important".

Smith and Finch added 182 runs for the second wicket as Australia posted 328/7 in 50 overs.

Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Adam Zampa.