This is… part three. Of the multiformat series, that is, between Australia and India. And the whole thing is on the line. The Australians would have come into this affair confident of bossing the fixtures on home ground, and that was borne out when they wiped out India in the first one-dayer, chasing a decent target one wicket down like it was the easiest thing in the world.
Since then, though, things have changed. India dominated the second match and should have won but for some late choking with the ball, and the Aussies got away with it. India came back from that disappointment to win the third match. Then the visitors had much the better of the Test match, and rain was the main factor preventing them from pressing for a win.
So the Aussies have been challenged. Nonetheless, they lead the points system 6-4, and are a champion team. Three T20s will round out the series.
The equation is that India need three wins from three to win the series. So first mission for Australia, notch one more limited-overs win and at least lock in a shared result. From everything we’ve seen so far, this should be another good contest.