India vs Australia, 2nd ODI

Kohli mocks the Aussies. Pic Fox Sports

Kohli mocks the Aussies. Pic Fox Sports

Heavy rain that lashed the eastern city of Kolkata on Wednesday (20) forced the Australian and Indian teams to skip net practice on the eve of their second one-day worldwide.

India are leading the five-match ODI series 1-0 after a 26-run win over the world champions in Chennai.

The tourists, according to their former skipper Michael Clarke, have to win the second rubber in order to have any chance of taking the series.

More rain and thunderstorms are predicted Thursday. In Australia you can mess up your length a little bit and you will probably get away with it purely because of the (size of the ground). "We are well-equipped, we are keeping our fingers crossed", East Zone curator Ashish Bhowmick had said two days before the game. He has got all the skills, spins both ways, bowls long spells. The Australians had worked out indoors on Tuesday too and some Indian players decided on a short game of football in front of the dressing rooms on Wednesday afternoon would be a better workout. Yuzvendra Chahal bagged 3 wickets, whereas young Kuldeep Yadav also picked 2 wickets to set back Australia.

When will the second ODI between India and Australia be played?

It remains unlikely that Australia will make any changes to the side but they could shuffle the batting lineup to shift Head to the opening slot and replace Hilton Cartwright.

The hosts might give Ajinkya Rahane another chance to open the batting alongwith Rohit Sharma. And yet that was a game where a total of 321 proved enough by only five runs.

At number 4, K.L. Rahul could stake a claim after Manish Pandey failed to impress in the last tie scoring a duck.

In the first rubber, Australia's innings was delayed due to rain after India posted 281/7 in the first innings.

Australia could only manage to draw the two-Test series in Bangladesh after losing the first Test.

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Australia's preparation in the run up to the tour has not been ideal.

On Thursday Steve Smith will become the 27th Australian Cricketer to play 100 ODIs.

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