Australia managed to chase down 281 with just six balls left as they edged the first ODI game of the series as they made it four wins in a row in this format of the game. Pakistan will feel they let the game slip away having left themselves short in the total they set and then failing with the ball.
Australia sent out a real message ahead of the World Cup as they saw off India having been 2-0 down in the five-match series. They now face Pakistan who currently sit one place below them in the ICC rankings with conditions in the UAE set to provide a good test for both teams.
This has not been a close series by any stretch of the imagination with South Africa able to dominate their opponents and now hold a 4-0 lead heading into the fifth and final game with the Proteas eager to secure a whitewash as the race for World Cup places becomes all the more competitive.
South Africa will be looking to turn the screw against Sri Lanka as they chase a series whitewash having built a 3-0 lead heading into the fourth game. The home side claimed another comfortable win in game 3 and have recalled some familiar faces ahead of this match.
India and Australia have served up a thrilling ODI series that nobody wants to see come to an end but if the fifth and final game lives up to expectations then it should be a thrilling finale. Australia broke all kinds of records to chase down India’s huge total and have the momentum heading into the series decider.
Ireland’s bowlers have made this series competitive so far and they are keeping them in all of the matches played. The Irish will be content chasing once again here and will be confident of restricting Afghanistan to a modest score, but they desperately need their batsmen to regain some form.
Australia deservedly kept the series alive with their first ODI win overseas since 2017 preventing India from taking an unassailable lead into the fourth match. Virat Kohli scored another century but it wasn’t enough as his side failed to chase down the 314 they were set to win.
Even after a major batting collapse, South Africa still had more than enough runs on the board to claim a comfortable win in the second ODI and will now look to wrap-up the series in the third game although they could be thwarted by thunderstorms that are expected to interrupt the match in Durban.
Ireland produced some serious heroics to win the third one day international on Tuesday and level the series at one win apiece.
India again managed to snatch the win in the second ODI series match with Australia but know they still need to improve to keep their winning momentum going to claim an unassailable lead after this third match in Ranchi.
South Africa regained some pride in the opening ODI in Johannesburg as they cruised to a comprehensive eight-wicket win and they will look to follow that up here. Sri Lanka will have been frustrated by their batting and not posting a bigger score so that has to be the case here if they are to challenge the hosts more.
India outclassed Australia in the first ODI but the tourists will not be too disheartened by that first loss. They competed incredibly well in the T20s and while neither team played particularly well in the opening ODI, they have plenty of margin for improvement.
Afghanistan lead the series by one coming into this third one day international after the second match was abandoned without a result. The game was finely poised so the Irish will have been somewhat disappointed but they will take some confidence from that performance.
Afghanistan completely outplayed the Irish in the first ODI as was the case in the T20 series, and they simply look to be a class above in all departments. Ultimately the Irish cannot get to grips with the Afghan spinners which does not bode well.