COC Cricbattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips: India vs Australia on March 25
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Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb showed great resistance as Australia secured a draw against India on fifth and final day of the third Test. With this series levelled 1-1, the two teams would lock horns in the 4th and final Test which starts in Dharamsala on March 25.
Best economical pick – KL Rahul has been in pristine touch throughout this series and that was on display yet again in Ranchi. Coming in to bat after Australia had piled up 451 runs in their first innings, India needed the openers to provide a solid start and it was Rahul who got off the blocks in fine fashion. Rahul had scored 67 runs and his 91-run opening stand with Vijay had put India in a strong position.
Top captains & vice captains – It has taken a while but Ravindra Jadeja is surely coming out of Ravichandran Ashwin's large shadow and establishing himself as the go to man when the conditions are not helpful. Jadeja's unique ability to stick to a nagging line and length has borne fruit and given him a bagful of wickets off late and that is what happened in Ranchi as well. The left-arm spinner was in great form with the ball as he picked up a total of 9 wickets in the match. Unfortunately he didn't get enough support from the other end to guide India to victory. He also smashed a quick-fire unbeaten 54 down the order to extend India's lead. India needed to get close to Australia's first innings total of 451 and it was down to C Pujara to take India to safety after a middle-order collapse. Pujara then strung up a workman-like 199-run stand with Wriddhiman Saha to not only take India to safety but put the hosts in a position from where they could push for victory. He faced 525 deliveries during his knock of 202, thus etching his name in the history books for facing the most number of balls in a Test innings for India, going past the man whose big shoes he is trying to fill, Rahul Dravid.
Smart pick – Steve Smith, Australia's captain and the world’s best Test batsman, makes batting look so easy. Smith walked off Ranchi’s JSCA Stadium at the conclusion of Australia’s first innings unbeaten on 178, his 19th Test century and the third-highest score by an Australian in India.
Cautions Pick – Karun Nair flattered to deceive yet again. The youngster played some crisp strokes to make his way to 21 but was done in by a reverse swinging delivery from Josh Hazlewood. Nair is a man who likes to play his shots and that is visible from his batting style. But to survive in Test cricket, the youngster will have to learn the art of grinding it out in the middle and it has to happen soon.
My XI – R Jadeja (Captain), Cheteswar Pujara (Vice-Captain),KL Rahul, Steve Smith,Stephen O'Keefe, Patrick Cummins, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Peter Handscomb,Matt Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell