Australia and India will take on each other in 1st ODI at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Against all odds, Australia were successful in whitewashing the T20I series 2-0, if it can be called a series at all.
Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team management will look to narrow down on the World Cup squad during the five-match ODI series against Australia, starting in Hyderabad on Saturday.
The team is slowly moving into the World Cup mode and even a 0-2 loss in the recently-concluded T20I series won’t see any shift in plans as far as skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri are concerned.
Date: Saturday March 02, 2019
Timing: 01:30 PM IST and 01:00 PM PKT
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Weather: A sunny day is on offer when India and Australia face off in the first ODI of the bilateral series in Hyderabad. The forecast for Saturday is partly cloudy with the temperature hovering around the 30-degree Celsius mark.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The surface at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is likely to assist the batsmen. The venue over the years had seen some high-scoring games – as 286 happens to be the first innings average score.
Head to Head:
Matches: 131 | Australia: 74 | India: 47 | NR: 10
Australia: L L W L W (completed matches, most recent first)
India: W L W W W
Australia may hand an ODI debut to Ashton Turner. Alex Carey, who didn’t find a place in the playing XI during the T20Is, will return to his position behind the stumps.
Finch confirmed he will open the batting but veteran batsman Shaun Marsh is unavailable for selection for Saturday’s match having landed in India early this morning after staying at home to be present for the birth of his second child.
Aaron Finch would desperately like to come in form at the top of the order. The team would look towards Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb to show their limited-overs skills.
Aaron Finch (who is battling poor form currently) and Glenn Maxwell, there are few batsmen in the Australian squad who will give opponents’ bowlers sleepless nights.
One glance at the Australian squad that has arrived in India, and it would be difficult to identify more than five players as being certainties in the XI; such is the poor state Australian cricket finds itself in.
Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson would be their leading pacers while Adam Zampa is expected to be given an opportunity. Australia may have won the T20Is but India would certainly start as favourites in their backyard in the 50-over format.
Australia’s Probable XI:
1. Aaron Finch (capt), 2. Usman Khawaja,, 3. Peter Handscomb, 4. Marcus Stoinis, 5. Glenn Maxwell, 6. Ashton Turner, 7. Alex Carey (wk), 8. Jason Behrendorff, 9. Pat Cummins, 10. Adam Zampa, 11. Jhye Richardson
India would field the playing XI which is more or less expected to feature in the World Cup. The top four are sealed in Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu.
With Hardik Pandya recuperating from an injury, Vijay Shankar is expected to be given game time in his place. MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav would be the other batters in the middle order.
If the team management decides to give Rahul as many chances as possible before the World Cup, Ambati Rayudu might miss out.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami would be the two frontline seamers while spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will shoulder the responsibility of the spin attack.
India’s Probable XI:
1. KL Rahul, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Virat Kohli (c), 4. Kedar Jadhav, 5. KL Rahul / Ambati Rayudu, 6. MS Dhoni (wk), 7. Vijay Shankar, 8. Vijay Shankar, 9. Mohammed Shami, 10. Yuzvendra Chahal, 11. Jasprit Bumrah
Players to watch:
1. Shikhar Dhawan – Batsman, India
Shikhar Dhawan is always a dangerous player when it comes to the shortest format of the game. One of the most powerful hitters of the ball, Dhawan doesn’t need any time to adjust and can switch gears in an instant. He has been very consistent with the runs for India in the last year and could be one of the most important players in the series.
2. Virat Kohli – Batsman, India
India needs Virat Kohli to be at the very top of his game. And if he manages that, India are definitely on their way to a third World Cup title. Kohli’s form is imperative to India’s success, and the skipper could very well turn the series on its head.
3. Marcus Stoinis – All-rounder, Australia
Arguably the most in-form player in this Australian team, Marcus Stoinis comes to this side after a very successful BBL campaign with Melbourne Stars. He had a good series against India as well in January and will be eager to extend that form in this series as well.
4. Glenn Maxwell – Batsman, Australia
Another player from the Melbourne Stars team, Maxwell too had a great campaign especially towards the later stages as he changed games with his knocks. Maxwell is capable of a huge knock that could have a big impact in the game and is Australia’s trump card in the middle-order.
Stats and Travia:
- Ravindra Jadeja is ten runs away from achieving the double of 2000 runs and 100 wickets in ODI cricket.
- Australia have won both their ODIs in the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium beating India by 47 runs in 2007 and by three runs in 2009.
- In the eight home series for Virat Kohli since 2014, he failed to register a three-figure score only in one rubber – against Australia in 2017.
“Glenn will get an opportunity to bat higher than he did in the series against India in Australia, when he batted No.7,” said Aaron Finch.
“Both teams know each other very well. We were talking at practice as well that Australia have a better idea of playing in Indian conditions because of the number of guys playing in the IPL two months in a year and practicing what they need to. So they are pretty used to playing in these conditions, so we will have to be at our absolute best,” said Virat Kohli