India A will take on Australia A in the second game of the triangular series at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday.
Having lost the second unofficial four-day Test against Australia A, India A will look to avenge that loss in the ODI format at Chepauk on Friday. India A will be lead by Unmukt Chand.
The triangular series is a good platform for young Indian players to showcase their talent and prove their worth to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selectors.
Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Karn Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Rishi Dhawan and others can come in handy in this format of the game. Surprisingly, Nair is the only player in the ODI squad who was a part of the unofficial four-day Test matches against Australia A.
Meanwhile, Australia A has been in a real good form and they have thrashed South Africa A in the first ODI of the triangular series. But India skipper Chand is hopeful that they can overcome the Aussies.
"The team has good balance. We have some excellent batsmen and brilliant bowlers, especially in the pace department. I had played with the team members — six other current India-A team members were part of the last edition in Australia and I enjoy a good rapport with them and I am sure that will be helpful to me in the tri-series," Chand told reporters.
"We are ready for anything. We have played a lot of cricket in these conditions and are used to it. It is not a problem even to chase. We have an experienced batting line-up. We are not totally alien to each other as we have been playing together for 2-3 years. Seven-eight of us have played for the country. Ours is an experienced side," he said.
Chepauk might produce a turning slow wicket on Friday and Chand will be wary of that. Chand might field three spinners in the game in the form of Parvez Rasool, Axar Patel and Karn Sharma. When asked whether he would like to bat or bowl if he wins the toss on Friday, he said that it would depend on the conditions.
"Three spinners in the team — Parveez Rasool, Karn Sharma and Akshar Patel — have experience, quality and variety. Yes, we might (field three spinners) as you know the ball is turning a bit. Moreover, these wickets have been used for the four-day games and also yesterday. The wicket seems to be dry. We may go with a couple of spinners and we have a good blend of seamers as well. We plan to mix it up," Chand added.
Where to watch live:
The second ODI of the triangular series between India A and Australia is scheduled for a 9:30am local time(5am BST, 2pm AT, 12am EST) start with the live coverage available on StarSports 2 and StarSports HD 2. Vieweres in India can stream the match live on Starsports.com.