By Puneet Chaudhary - March 17, 2023
Mumbai30 minutes ago
The first match of the three-match series between India and Australia will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today. The match will start at 1:30 pm. In today’s match, Hardik Pandya will be seen leading the team in place of regular captain Rohit Sharma. Rohit will captain the team in the remaining two matches of the series. Indian Cricket Board i.e. BCCI had already told that Rohit has taken rest from the first ODI of the series due to family reasons.
When Team India takes the field against Australia, its eyes will be on the preparations for the World Cup to be held later this year. Both the teams will be face to face on this ground after three years. So far four matches have been played between India and Australia here. In these, the Indian team could win only one. Australia got success in three matches. The last time in the year 2020, when both the teams were face to face here, the Kangaroo team won by 10 wickets.
Shubman scored three centuries in the last six ODIs
The Indian team has started this year on a flying note by winning all six matches in two separate ODI series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand. In these six ODIs, Shubman Gill has scored 567 runs with three centuries and an average of 113.40. Virat Kohli has also put his poor limited overs form behind him. He has scored 338 runs this year at an impressive average of 67.60.
Warner and Agar join the team
The Australian team has the ability to win the match under any circumstances despite the absence of captain Pat Cummins. Steve Smith will lead Australia in the absence of Cummins. Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are unavailable for this series but David Warner and all-rounder Ashton Agar have joined the squad.
In the 143 ODIs between the two teams so far, the Indian team could win only in 53. Australia’s team won in 80. 10 matches remained inconclusive. At the same time, there have been 64 matches between the two in India so far. During this, Team India won in 29 matches. Got defeated in 30. 5 matches remained inconclusive.
The weather will be clear during the match in Mumbai. The temperature is likely to remain between 24 to 33 degree Celsius. There is no chance of rain.
The pitch at Wankhede is generally flat, which becomes even better for batting after dew. Here we get to see high scoring matches every time. So far 27 ODI matches have been played in this stadium. In which the team batting first has won 13 matches while the team bowling has won 14 matches.
Possible playing XI of both the teams
India: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Australia: Steve Smith (Captain), David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar.
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