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Australia aim to lead in One-Day series opener against India

The Indian cricket team are in Australia for a full series, comprising of 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 4 Test matches. On Friday, they will play the first ODI to kick off the tour.

The ODI series is the part of the World Cup Super League, where India will begin their campaign. Hosts Australia have already played the ODI Super League against England earlier this year, where they won 2-1 to fetch 20 points and are third in place.

The last time India played an ODI series in Australia, on the 2018-19 tour, the visitors had emerged victorious 2-1 in a three-match rubber. Australia had avenged that loss by beating India 3-2 on their return tour in March 2019.

Match Details:

Date: Friday November 27, 2020

Timing: 08:40 AM PKT

Venue: Sydney

Weather: It might rain a bit in Sydney on Friday morning. But sun will come just at the perfect time for the play to start on time.

Conditions / Pitch Report: The game should be high-scoring if the pitch plays true to recent form.

Head to Head:

Matches: 140 | Australia: 78 | India: 52 | NR: 10

Form Guide:

Australia: W L W W L (completed matches, most recent first)

India: L L L W W

Team News:

1. Australia

Steven Smith, who missed the ODI series in England with a concussion, is all set to slot back into the side in place of the injured Mitchell Marsh.

Australia have six pacers in the squad. The incumbent trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are expected to start.

Australia’s Probable XI:

1. David Warner, 2. Aaron Finch (capt), 3. Steven Smith, 4. Marnus Labuschagne, 5. Marcus Stoinis, 6. Alex Carey (wk), 7. Glenn Maxwell, 8. Pat Cummins, 9. Mitchell Starc, 10. Adam Zampa, 11. Josh Hazlewood

2. India

India last played ODI cricket earlier this year in New Zealand, where they lost all three matches. They have a few selection queries facing them, most notably at the top of the batting order.

In the absence of an unfit Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan’s opening partner will have to be identified from KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill.

Rahul will probably have to don the finishing duties as well with Hardik Pandya. The latter not bowling is a huge worry for the visitors as it restricts them to only five bowling options with Ravindra Jadeja being the fifth bowler.

Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are the pace options and Yuzvendra Chahal selects himself. There will mostly be a toss-up between Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur for the third pacer.

India’s Probable XI:

1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Mayank Agarwal, 3. Virat Kohli (capt), 4. Shreyas Iyer, 5. KL Rahul (wk), 6. Hardik Pandya, 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. Shardul Thakur/Navdeep Saini, 9. Yuzvendra Chahal, 10. Mohammed Shami, 11. Jasprit Bumrah.

Players to watch:

1. Virat Kohli – Batsman, India

The batting genius Indian skipper Virat Kohli is all set to continue his domination into his favorite format once again. Virat Kohli is number one ranked ODI batsman. Kohli can have a good start to the series if he takes off in a batsman friendly pitch. He also has pretty strong records on the Australian pitches and will be a major target for the Aussies pace attack.

2. KL Rahul – Batsman, India

The aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman is coming off a successful IPL season with the bat, scoring the highest runs in the tournament. He will be eyeing for another great series with the bat and can turn out to be a crucial addition to the team.

3. David Warner – Batsman, Australia

With form and experience both by his side, Warner is one of the best candidate in Australia’s batting line-up and probably one of the batsmen to watch out.

4. Pat Cummins – Bowler, Australia

Cummins has been one of the most important player for Australia off late and with performances after performances, Cummins has slowly established himself as a cornerstone in the Australian bowling attack.

Stats and Travia:

  • Australia have a 14-2 win-loss record against India at the SCG. It’s easily India’s least-favourite ground to play Australia at.
  • Aaron Finch needs 17 runs to reach the 5000 mark in ODIs.

Quotes:

Steven Smith (Australia batsman): “I was pretty disappointed actually with my batting throughout the IPL. I never really got into a good rhythm, but I think the last few days actually I’ve found something. People close to me that know me well, I’ve found my hands the last few days, which I’m extremely excited about.”

KL Rahul (India batsman): “It [wicket-keeping] was challenging and it was new, but I think I got used to it [during IPL] and I started enjoying it. And hopefully, it will continue the same way here.”

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