India’s big batting challenge against in-form Australia
Australia to win
Team India would begin its campaign in Australia as they take on the hosts in the 1st ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. It’s a 3-match series and the side taking the early lead shall have the edge. This will be the first appearance for the Indian side in an international game since February and it will be interesting to see how they get into the grove. They have been hit by few injuries which will be worrying for the side.
Indians have always struggled in Sydney and in the 16 games that they have played here the side has managed to win only twice. It will be a big mental obstacle for the side which Kohli and his men would look to overcome. Australia is back in full strength and shall fancy their chances in home conditions. Given the kind of aggressive cricket both the sides play we expect this to be a good contest between to begin the long summer.
Aaron Finch would be confident about his side’s prospects in this game. They had defeated England in the ODIs on their last tour and the side would be looking to continue with the same kind of form. They have some problems with their batting but the bowling attack looks in great shape. Finch would look to extend his side’s good record at the SCG by winning this game and taking an early lead in the series.
Openers David Warner and Aaron Finch looked good in the IPL and they will look to provide the side with a good start here. Steven Smith’s return to the team is a huge confidence booster and he will look to hold the middle order alongside Marnus Labuschagne and Marcus Stoinis. In Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey the side has good hitters of the ball down the order as they had proved in England.
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood would be raring to have a go at the Indians after their poor show during India’s last tour. Pat Cummins as the first change has done well in recent times and shall be tough for Indian batsmen. In Adam Zampa and Maxwell they have good spinners who will be looking to exploit the conditions here and bring down the scoring rate in the middle overs.
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Stoinis, Steven Smith, David Warner, Adam Zampa
It is after a 10-month break that Virat Kohli’s men would take the field for the first time in Indian colours. The team has already suffered a huge blog with injury to Rohit Sharma who has always enjoyed great outings against Australia. The Aussies are back in full strength and it will be an uphill challenge for Kohli and his men. The Indian captain would like his side to draw confidence from their good record against the Kangaroos in the recent tournaments.
Mayank Agarwal is likely to partner Shikhar Dhawan opening the batting for the side in absence of Rohit Sharma. They will need to do well against the strong pace attack that Aussies have. In Kohli, KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer the side has an in-form middle order which has done well in the IPL. With Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja down the order the side bats deep and has good strength.
Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah will need to dent early blows to the Aussie top order which looks very strong going into this contest. Shradul Thakur will have to keep the line tight in the middle overs as he has the habit of leaking runs. Yuzvendra Chahal and Jadeja would enjoy these conditions as the wicket here is known for offering sharp turn.
Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Shradul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Ravindra Jadeja
YS Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, NA Saini, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||22||0 mm.||2.25 k/h||From: ESE||74%|
|03h||23||0 mm.||5.08 k/h||From: ENE||19%|
|06h||22||0 mm.||6.8 k/h||From: ENE||15%|
|09h||21||0 mm.||6.35 k/h||From: NNE||19%|
|12h||21||0 mm.||4.5 k/h||From: N||26%|
|15h||21||0 mm.||2.45 k/h||From: NNW||22%|
|18h||21||0 mm.||2.38 k/h||From: NNW||43%|
|21h||25||0 mm.||3.06 k/h||From: NNW||38%|
There would be slight cloud cover over Sydney on November 27 but we expect the batting conditions to be good here. The pitch is fresh and hence there would be some movement for the fast bowlers initially and the spinners are likely to enjoy the conditions as well. The side batting first would be happy to get to a score around the 320 run mark.
Sydney Cricket Ground is one of the largest venues in the world where scoring boundaries is a challenge. But the size of the venue also offers plenty of twos and threes to the batsmen. Those willing to play a long innings have done well here. Fast bowlers do get their early rewards from the surface. This is the best ground for the spinners in Australia as the track offers sharp turn.
In the last 10 games played here the side chasing the score has managed only two victories. The pitch here is known to get slower as the game progresses which makes batting tough on this ground. The side that wins the toss would look to bat first and put up a big total on the board.
This would be a tough contest given the strength on both the sides. Indians look very strong but they would have liked to have Rohit Sharma in this team which would have definitely turned the tables in their favor. The side still doesn’t have a dependable fifth bowler which is one of their biggest headaches. Australians on the other hand are back in full strength and have a pace attack that looks sharp at the moment. While this will be a tough contest Australians with their familiarity of the conditions would start favorites here.
Australia to win