India intends to fight the top-order blues in the series finale

A massive MS Dhoni mural can be seen inside the stadium if you look to your left from the local train as you enter the Chepauk station. The Dhoni mural, which is painted to the upper reaches of the stands, gives the venue a new look that is fueled by art and stands out. The stadium will be completely covered in CSK's yellow in nearly two weeks. Before that, India will face a challenge at the venue as they attempt to recover from the defeat they received in Vizag from Mitchell Starc and Australia.

Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav, who have dealt with two incredible first balls from Starc throughout the series, will likely face the left-handed throwdown specialist Nuwan Seneviratne on Tuesday evening in a simulation of the angle that has troubled the entire top-order.

At practice in Chennai in the unforgiving afternoon heat, Australia had to deal with David Warner hitting the nets, forcing Steve Smith to make a big decision before the championship game. Mitchell Marsh, who had made the decision to slowly return to all-round duties, bowled at full speed as well as a more laid-back Australian team looked to taint India's home record in bilateral series, which has been 15 games played and won 13 times since 2015.


When: India vs Australia, 3rd ODI, March 22, 2023, 1:30 PM IST

Where: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

What to expect: On the eve of the game, Rahul Dravid referred to the wheat-colored patch in Chennai as a "nice wicket," which can be code for a batting belter. The series is probably overdue for a high-scoring conclusion after a difficult Mumbai surface and a subpar batting display in Vizag.

There is a tiny risk of rain, but nothing that would be heavy enough to stop the game, so expect a hot, muggy day.

Team news:

India: Umran Malik might replace Mohammed Shami if team management has workload concerns with a WTC final approaching. On Tuesday, Malik spent a significant amount of time bowling. Washington Sundar is a local who has a wide range of finger spins, but it will be difficult to decide whether to use him instead of another finger spinner.

Probable XI: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami/Umran Malik, Mohammed Siraj

Australia: At the pre-game news conference, Nathan Ellis was clueless about Warner's fitness status, but the opening hitter spent around 30 minutes taking throwdowns from the support staff in the sweltering heat. He appeared unbothered and even practiced dashing between the wickets. Australia will need to bench one of their all-rounders to make room for him, though.

Probable XI: Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc

Did you know?

Steve Smith needs 51 more runs to reach 5000 ODI runs. Moreover, he needs another century to tie Ricky Ponting for Australia's most ODI 100s against India.

- At Chepauk, Virat Kohli has experienced incredible luck. He has two fifties, a hundred, and four single-digit scores in seven ODI innings there.

What they said:

"Regardless of what happens tomorrow, I believe we have a lot more clarity at the conclusion of these nine games. I believe that we will just continue to build on that clarity. We know exactly what kind of squad we want. Now, for us, it's really just about the different combinations of players in the starting XI and making sure we play different combinations sometimes so we can do that and not be surprised by anything in the World Cup. Rahul Dravid discusses the team's progress toward the 50-over World Cup.


"Starcy has had a huge impact on me. He is someone I have admired for a long time. He gave me my most memorable Australia cap as well. He is a major piece of my Australia process. Being able to rub shoulders with Starcy and sort of bounce ideas off of him is something I have treasured. He is a calming influence. It is very useful." - Mitchell Starc's impact on Nathan Ellison's career.

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