It doesn't look like there will be a match, says Ravindra Jadeja

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Although the match is likely to get washed out, Ravindra Jadeja insisted that the hosts were mentally prepared to take the field even if it is not a full 100-over game (PTI) Although the match is likely to get washed out, Ravindra Jadeja insisted that the hosts were mentally prepared to take the field even if it is not a full 100-over game (PTI)
SummaryRavindra Jadeja said his team now faces a do-or-die situation in the remaining matches.

Trailing 1-2 in the seven-match ODI series with another wash-out looming large, India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja said his team now faces a do-or-die situation in the remaining matches against Australia.

The Aussies are currently leading 2-1 with rain having played spoilsport in the fourth ODI at Ranchi, and it could well be a similar result tomorrow given the bad weather in Cuttack as well.

If Saturday's match also gets abandoned, there will be only two ODIs (Nagpur and Bangalore) remaining, which India will be required to win in order to clinch the series.

"We all want the match to happen as we're trailing 1-2. There's not too much pressure as such. If this match doesn't happen, then we have to win the remaining two matches," said Jadeja on the eve of the fifth One-dayer against Australia at the Barabati Stadium.

"The conditions are not in our hands and we can't do anything about the rain. But we will try our best to win the remaining matches. This is a home series, so we'll also get help from the conditions in all the venues," he added.

Although the match is likely to get washed out, Jadeja insisted that the hosts were mentally prepared to take the field even if it is not a full 100-over game.

"It doesn't look like there will be a match tomorrow! Maybe if it doesn't rain tonight, we are mentally prepared to play a match, no matter of how many overs it is," he said.

All the members of the Indian team were confined to indoor practice today as they played football, while the visitors remained at the team hotel in Bhubaneswar. Aussie coach Steve Rixon and his support staff went to the ground to inspect the soggy conditions.

Yuvraj was seen with a bandage and asked if he was alright, Jadeja said: "No, I don't think there's anything serious. Everyone was playing football. I don't think there should be any major injury. Everyone is fit and we all worked hard in the nets."

A new look Australia team under stand-in-skipper George Bailey started the seven-match rubber as underdogs but the pressure is now back on India.

"They are ranked second in the world, so obviously they have also come with the motivation to do well, and they will play good cricket. We have also played well everywhere," Jadeja said.

Recalling their victories in the tri-nation West Indies series, Champions Trophy and in the most recent

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