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12:00 AM, January 18, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, January 18, 2019

India look for perfect finish

3rd & final ODI against Aus today

Buoyant and self-assured in equal measure, India would be eyeing a maiden bilateral ODI series triumph on Australian soil after the path-breaking Test conquest when they take on the home team in the tour finale on Friday.

The three-match series is level at 1-1.

The Men in Blue have never won a bilateral ODI contest on Australian soil.

While India will take winning momentum into this third ODI, their only worry at the moment is the fifth bowling option.

So far in the series, senior pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami have been impressive, while the two left-arm spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja have provided control and breakthroughs in the middle overs.

"Bhuvi (Kumar) is very experienced as well as (Mohammed) Shami," Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan told reporters on Thursday. "That's why in the first 10 overs we have been dominating."

Australia, on the other hand, have made two changes in their playing XI. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa and fast bowler Billy Stanlake have been brought in for Nathan Lyon and Jason Behrendorff respectively.

Australia haven't won a series in about two years and the final ODI against India gives them a real shot at course correction in the lead-up to the World Cup.

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