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Australia’s ODI tour of India 2020 is about to start and it promises to be a cracking series. Australia came back from 2-0 down to win the previous ODI series they played in India 3-2. They are now back to full strength and have got their premier players along with them.
India has risen to be one of the most competitive ODI teams in the world over the last decade and is phenomenally tough to beat at home. In fact, India has won 18 out of the last 21 bilateral ODI series it has played at home with one of those series losses coming against Australia.
Both teams will not pull any punches and we have seen the rivalry between them grow pretty fierce at times.
India vs Australia 1st ODI 2020 is going to be played at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on the 14th of January 2020.
India registered series wins against Bangladesh and West Indies just a few weeks back but this is the first real test of the limited-overs matches filled winter season. India has been trying for quite some time now to beef up its middle and lower order to try and reduce the dependency on the top-3.
Shreyas Iyer has emerged as a very good option at number four but the team is still looking for powerful options down the order.
Rohit Sharma is back in the squad after resting for the T20 series against Sri Lanka. He will take up the opener’s position alongside one of KL Rahul or Shikhar Dhawan. This is a tough question that India has to answer and we don’t think shunting Rahul down the order is a real option anymore.
We have a feeling that India is going to start with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul with Shikhar Dhawan being asked to wait for his return. Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishab Pant will be the next three batsmen. Pant has been a bit inconsistent and has struggled to understand what is needed of him.
Kedar Jadhav is the incumbent at the number 6 position and should start this series, although, we believe that Manish Pandey is a good option as well.
Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, and Shardul Thakur are the players we expect to feature in this bowling attack. Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal are likely to be the ones missing out, which makes the Indian bench strength pretty strong.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, V Kohli, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, RR Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, SN Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, JJ Bumrah.
Australia has brought a very strong squad to face the Indian team and is going to be quite hard to beat. The return of David Warner and Steve Smith to the side makes the batting very strong. We expect to see Aaron Finch open the batting alongside David Warner followed by Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Adam Zampa.
One of the batsmen, probably Turner or Handscomb, could miss out if Australia wants to play an additional seam bowler as well.
This is a playing eleven that has all bases covered and has immense experience of playing in Indian conditions. There is hardly a player in this side that has not been a part of the IPL or is scheduled to be this season.
Australia has tremendous depth in the batting and has more power in the lower-order than India. The challenge of facing the Indian bowling attack is not going to be something that this Australian side will shirk.
In Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, Australia has two of the best ODI bowlers in the world. Starc could be especially dangerous against a wobbly Indian lower-order. Adam Zampa was the highest wicket-taker in the previous series between the two sides while Ashton Agar has improved his bowling a lot.
Australia has options for any kind of surface they might be faced with.
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, AJ Turner, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, KW Richardson, Adam Zampa.
The team that wins the toss is going to want to field first since defending can be very tough at the Wankhede. There is, however, no real statistical advantage result-wise to winning the toss.
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The first ODI between India and Australia is scheduled to be played at the Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai. This is one of the highest-scoring grounds in the country with a pitch that favors the batsmen and boundaries that are quite small. There is next to no chance of rain that has been forecast and so we should have a full contest between the two teams to enjoy.
Totals of 438 and 280 were scored in the first inning of the previous two matches at the Wankhede. We think 300 is the bare minimum that teams will be aiming for batting first.
Dream11 Tips and Dream11 Prediction for India vs Australia 2020. We have no doubts that this first match between the two teams is going to be filled with runs. This is why we have tried to get as many front-line batsmen and big-hitters into our Dream11 team. We have made the hard choice of leaving out Steve Smith and Ravindra Jadeja because of loading up on the other batsmen. We have also picked no spinners in our team, a possibly risky move but Wankhede can be very cruel to the slower bowlers.
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India is up against a very difficult opponent in this series and we think they are going to be tested severely. The Australia bowling attack is quite capable of picking up quick wickets and testing out the lower order. They also have more power in their lineup to take advantage of the batting conditions at the Wankhede.
We think Australia is the team to back in this match.
Bet on Australia to win.
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Total SIxes in the Match: Over 12.5 ($1.75)
There have been 35 sixes hit in the two matches prior to this one at the Wankhede. This venue is known for the ease with which the batsmen can clear boundaries and with two strong batting sides facing off, we are quite bullish on this one.
Top Batsman - Runs in The Match Over 105.5 ($1.83)
Four of the best batsmen in the world are going to be playing this match, all of whom have a penchant for scoring big runs. Even if one top-order batsman gets set, this score will be obliterated.
Any Player to Score a Century in The Match: Yes ($1.61)
To Hit A Six: Shreyas Iyer ($1.90)
To Hit A Six: Virat Kohli ($1.90)
To Hit A Six: David Warner ($2.10)
To Hit A Six: Steve Smith ($2.50)
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