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12:00 AM, March 05, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 05, 2019

Kohli & Co eye 2-0 lead

Second ODI against Australia today

Auditions for World Cup hopefuls will continue but India will also be aiming at producing another complete performance against Australia in the second ODI at Nagpur on Tuesday.

Virat Kohli's side ticked more than a few boxes in a six-wicket win to open the five-match series at Hyderabad on Saturday – a welcome result after going down 2-0 in the preceding T20I series.

With this India's final assignment ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019, the hosts are hoping to get closer to finalising the few remaining berths in an otherwise settled squad for their all-important trip to England.

Australia did their best to make a match out of it in Hyderabad but 236 was never going to be enough for a power-packed Indian batting lineup. Aaron Finch's form has been a big worry for the visitors while an unsettled middle-order has further added to their woes.

Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis started off well after Finch fell for a nought but the middle-order barring Glenn Maxwell was not able to chug along consistently. Australia have won just three of 17 ODIs since the start of 2018, a winning percentage of just 17.25. That is one record they will desperately want to improve upon. They showed they have the calibre to play in the sub-continental conditions as was on display in the two T20Is.

They are likely to be bolstered by the return of Shaun Marsh who was ruled out of the first ODI due to injury. His presence is bound to make the batting unit slightly stronger.

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