Our Prediction: India to win, 2.75 Bet on India to win for Real Money
India prevented a whitewash by winning the final one-day match on Saturday; Australia won the series 4-1 and are geared up to face the visitors in the 1st T20 match at Adelaide on 26th January. The Aussies dominated the men in blue thoroughly and have quite many tricks up their sleeves to continue doing so in the shorter format of the game; India on the other hand have recovered some of their lost confidence with their recent win and will try to start the upcoming series with a clean slate. Both teams have talented players who can be match-winners and whichever side can keep a cool head above its shoulders under crunch situations has a better chance to emerge victorious here on Tuesday.
Aaron Finch and David Warner will open the innings with the bat and both of them are in good-form as seen with their recent performances on the field; Shaun Marsh, Matthew Wade and Shane Watson will provide stability in the top-order while other batsmen like Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head and Chris Lynn will try to build stable partnerships in the middle. They have good all-rounders in John Hastings, James Faulkner, Andrew Tye and Cameron Boyce who have helped with their skilful contributions with both bat and ball.
James Faulkner and Shaun Tait will provide the pace attack while John Hastings, Scott Boland and Kane Richardson will bring depth and variety to the attack. Maxwell has been effective with his spin bowling and along with bowlers like Nathan Lyon, Chris Lynn and Boyce, they can definitely outwit the Indian batsmen when situation demands.
Finch will lead the side from the front and if the top order can provide a solid foundation batting first, they can definitely pile-up runs to challenge the visitors; their bowling variations and disciplined attack makes them a formidable force to reckon with, especially on home turf.
Team India needs to redeem itself with a much better performance in the T20 series and this could set the foundation for them to choose the best players for the World T20 series coming up soon. Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have come out trumps with a couple of tons in the recent one-day series and they will have to continue with their firepower here.
Yuvraj Singh makes it back to the squad and can be a ruthless middle-order batsman when needed; along with Rahane, all-rounders like Jadeja, Raina and Gurkeerat Singh Mann, who have showcased their match-winning skills in the IPL back home, the Indian batting line-up can surely amass big runs if they put their heads together.
The spin bowling will consist of Harbhajan Singh, who has done well against the Aussies down under and Ashwin providing his expertise. Rishi Dhawan replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar with his pace attack while Ashish Nehra is here to fill in Shami’s shoes. Bumrah picked up 2 vital wickets in the last one-day and can perform under pressure; with Umesh Yadav providing assistance with pace, the Indian bowling squad definitely looks good to fight back harder.
Australia have won the one-day series and definitely have the psychological advantage against the visitors; however, India which seems to have found some of its rhythm can prove to be a challenge in the T20 format and looks well placed to come out all guns blazing to win the first match.
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