India vs Australia: India will be taking on Australia in the first of the three-match T20I series. The opening game of the bilateral series is supposedly going to be played in the IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali. After a disappointing end to the Asia Cup 2022 last month, wherein the men in blue couldn’t even make it to the finals, the team will be looking to turn things around with a convincing series win over a strong Australian side.
Australia meanwhile who are coming off after a convincing ODI series win over New Zealand will be confident enough to play India away from home in an intense T20I series. Both teams will be looking to start the series on a high with a win.
India vs Australia: Preview and Playing XIs
Preview: The Indian team has to miss the services of several prominent players during the Asia Cup. Players like Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel will be making a comeback after being out with injuries for quite some time in the past. Speedster Umesh Yadav shall also be a part of India’s squad and might perhaps feature in a game or two during the series.
The batting order is more or less settled with the likes of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Dinesh Karthik and others, all of whom shall be a part of India’s XI in all probabilities in the first T20I. The team will have to work on its bowling department so as to not let games slip away in the last moments like it did back in the Asia Cup.
Possible Playing XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Preview: The Australian side will be playing a T20I match after a long time having last played one back in the month of June against Sri Lanka away from home. The side will be missing the services of their key opening batsman David Warner who was given a rest early on towards the later half of the ODI series vs NZ Considering his heavy workload all round the year.
The team’s regular white ball skipper Aaron Finch, who retired from One Day Internationals recently will be leading the side in the T20I series. Players like Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, and Mathew Wade shall provide the required batting depth to the team. Big-hitting batsman, Tim David shall possibly be handed his T20I debut in the match tomorrow’s India vs Australia match.
The Bowling department too shall be seemingly strong in the presence of Josh Hazelwood, Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa.
Possible Playing XI: Aaron Finch (c), Josh Inglis, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Tim David, Cameron Green, Matthew Wade (wk), Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa.
India vs Australia: Probable Top Performers
Probable best batsman of the match – Rohit Sharma
India’s skipper, Rohit Sharma looked in fairly good form during the Asia Cup a couple of weeks ago. His last outing in a T20I match saw him smash a fantastic 72 against Sri Lanka in a crucial match.
The right-hander has been in good form providing lightning-fast starts to his team. He’s getting a good total individually will surely be of big relief to his side in tomorrow’s game.
Probable best bowler of the match – Josh Hazlewood
Josh Hazlewood will be leading Australia’s pace attack in the upcoming India vs Australia game. His brilliance with the ball has been of good use to his side on several occasions in the shortest format of the game.
With his consistent line, length and wicket-taking ability, he will certainly be a big threat to the Indian batters in tomorrow’s match.
India vs Australia: Winning Prediction
Match prediction – India to win the match
Based on the current form of all the players and the overall rhythm which the team is in, it highly seems possible for India to register a fine win over Australia in the opening encounter of this three-match India vs Australia T20I series.