As on today, the ‘Men in Blue’ are ranked second in the ODI rankings of ICC with South Africa leading the table. Australia slipped to number three position after they lost to India in the first ODI by 26 runs although they are marginally behind India in terms of rating.
If India trounces Australia at Kolkata today, they will regain the crown in ODI rankings. However, if they lose the Kolkata ODI, they will slip to number three position in the table while Australia will once again move up to number two position.
Statistics favour the Indian cricket team in Kolkata ODI as they have not lost to Australia in the second ODI of a bilateral series at home in the last three outings.
In 2009, India won the 2nd ODI by 99 runs at Nagpur. Similarly, the Indian team won the 2nd ODI by 5 wickets at Vizag in 2010. In 2013, India won the 2nd ODI by 9 wickets at Jaipur.
In addition to that, Virat Kohli and his boys have won their last seven ODIs in a row which indicates that it’s an in-form team at the moment. Australia, on the other hand, have lost their last 9 ODIs away from home.