India vs. Australia ODI Series 2013: Predictions and Preview for 2nd ODI

Greg JohnsonSpecial to Bleacher ReportOctober 16, 2013

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 28:  Sachin Tendulkar of India leaves the field after being dismissed during the One Day International match between India and Sri Lanka at Bellerive Oval on February 28, 2012 in Hobart, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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India will look to regroup in Jaipur after having tasted defeat in their first one-day international of the current series against Australia at the Sabrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune.

The tourists overpowered the hosts with their batting and bowling while India's own bowlers looked subpar.

With their delivery lacking danger, Australia were able to make the most of their hard-fought resilience and strength. The victory margin of 72 runs was just reward for their efforts.

Heading into the second match of the series and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be expecting far more from his team. His opposite number, George Bailey, can be quietly confident that the visitors can dig out another victory with their recent campaigning in the UK giving the Baggy Greens a real edge to their game at present.

A full preview and prediction for the clash in Jaipur follows below.


JAIPUR, INDIA - OCTOBER 15:  The after match fireworks make an early appearance during the match between India and England at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on October 15, 2006, in Jaipur, India.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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India vs. Australia ODI Series 2013: 2nd ODI

Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Date and time: Thursday, 16 October 2013, 09:00 BST 

Watch on TV: Sky Sports 2, 9:30-18:30 BST


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 26:  Clint McKay of Australia is congratulated by team mates after taking the wicket of Gautam Gambhir of India during the One Day International match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on February 26, 20
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Although Australia entered this series as underdogs, India may come to regret their opponent's billing.

Backed into a corner by the odds, the tourists' fighting qualities have come to the fore, ruthlessly punishing any complacency or sloppiness from the hosts.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 26:  David Warner and Brett Lee of Australia celebrate after Warner ran out Sachin Tendulkar of India during the One Day International match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on February 26, 2012 in Sydney,
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A win in Jaipur would put them 2-0 up in the series, which could prove to be an unassailable lead should they approach the remaining five games in full-control and able to perform accordingly.

Such a scenario would have been far-fetched before the start of the series, with India currently ranked as the world's No. 1 ODI team, according to the ICC.

Their form prior to facing Australia was also impressive, having galloped through the Champions Trophy, which is a three match series against the West Indies and another set of matches against Zimbabwe.

Unfortunately for India, their record counted for nought as they stepped up to the crease in Pune. They're unlikely to be so sluggish in the second ODI, and Australia must expect to face some serious pressure, as MS Dhoni's side seek to avenge their favourite status and throw everything they've got at re-establishing their dominance.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 26:  Sachin Tendulkar of India walks off the pitch after being run out by David Warner of Australia during the One Day International match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on February 26, 2012 in Sydney
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With the pressure on their much fancied hosts to recover their momentum, however, Australia may well be able to stay light on their feet and roll with the inevitable punches to once again score an upset.

More so than in their opening match, though, the tourists will need a serious injection of fortune to stay with their opponents should they come out swinging and in top gear. Grit may not be enough.


BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  MS Dhoniof India celebrates with his team-mates as India beat England to win the ICC Champions Trophy Final match between England and India at Edgbaston on June 23, 2013 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty
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One of the positives of India's first game was the relative health of their spin bowlers, who performed their duties admirably at the crease.

If MS Dhoni can close the gap between his team's general bowling and batting performance and Australia's unexpected ascendancy, then making the most of their in-form spinners could make a real difference.

The delivery style remains one of the sub-continent's greatest gifts to the game besides the numerous world-class players produced by the region through Cricket's long and proud history, and India are arguably the current masters of the art of spin.

MS Dhoni will look to ensure India's high standards are recovered and retained.
MS Dhoni will look to ensure India's high standards are recovered and retained.Michael Steele/Getty Images

Australia will continue to compete, perhaps even harder, if their hosts are able to snatch a foothold in the second ODI through their technical advantages.

Considering just how intense India's reaction to their opening defeat is likely to be, however, and their undoubted prowess when at their best, it seems likely that MS Dhoni will strike back in Jaipur to square the series 1-1.