Two cricketing giants Australia and India will renew their rivalry in first ODI match of the series. Ahead of the match between India and Australia we bring you all the fantasy tips, predicted xi, match prediction and more.
Match Timings: 9 am IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)
The match will be telecasted on Sony Ten network and viewers can also see the live match on Sony Liv App.
Team India will finally play their first match after a long wait of 10 months. The last ODI series they played was against New Zealand which they lost by 3-0. Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli team, India is exacted to play their full strength squad against mighty Australia.
The hosts on the other hand played a white-ball tour against England just before IPL 2020 began. Australia defeated world champions England by 2-1 and will the more confident side going in the first ODI. Australia has picked a strong unit and India will have to at their best if they want to win their opening match of the tour.
Head To Head
Matches Played: 145
Australia Won: 78
India Won: 52
Good news is that rain is likely to stay away from the first ODI between the two sides. It is expected to be partly cloudy and fans will see the exciting clash without any interruption.
The 22 yards at the iconic SCG ground has always produced a lot of runs. During the first ODI, batsmen are expected to get value for their strokes and bowlers will have to adapt quickly.
Average First Innings Score
Expected to be between 270-300 runs
Injury and Availability News
One major name missing from the Indian side will be of Rohit Sharma. In his absence, Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan are expected to play as openers. Also, Hardik Pandya will likely play only as a specialist batsman and will not contribute with the ball.
On the other hand, the hosts have absolutely no injury issues ahead of the first ODI.
Fantasy Tips – Australia vs India
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli ©, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch ©, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carrey (wk), Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood, Mitchell Starc’
Australia vs India – Top Fantasy Picks
Virat Kohli: Without Rohit Sharma, there will be extra pressure on Indian captain Virat Kohli. He enjoys an outstanding record against Australia in all formats and should be part of your fantasy team.
Jasprit Bumrah: With the ball, Jasprit Bumrah will be the strike force of team India. In the recently concluded IPL, Bumrah was top class and will be the dangerman for Australia when they come out to bat.
Mitchell Starc: All eyes will be on Mitchell Starc as he will play in his favourite format. His ODI numbers are second to none and he will be keen to continue his rich vein of form in 50 over cricket from the first ODI against India.
David Warner: Your fantasy team will be incomplete without the inclusion of David Warner. India will be looking to see his back early as if he gets set he has the ability to play a big knock.
Captain and Vice-Captain Picks
Captain: David Warner
Vice-Captain: Virat Kohli
Fantasy 11 Team
Wicket-Keeper – KL Rahul
Batsmen – Smith, Warner, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan
All-Rounders – Hardik Pandya, Marcus Stoinis
Bowlers – Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc
Coming into the contest Australia look favourites to defeat India in the first ODI.