About the Match
Australia will host the first one-day series after their World Cup triumph when they go up against India in the five match ODI series that starts with the inagural ODI match at Perth on 12th January. The visitors packed a punch in the warm-up match recently that they won by 64 runs thanks to a tremendous performance by the bowlers. The Aussies are looking at a revamped side in their objective to prepare the youngsters for tougher challenges ahead; with experienced batsmen and bowlers in both teams, this surely will be an action-packed match that will keep the fans on the edge of their seats throughout on Tuesday.
Steven Smith is in good form and will lead the side from the front; with David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey in the batting line-up, the Aussies surely look a formidable side to reckon with. Aaron Finch, Bailey and the Marsh brothers have done well in the ongoing Big Bash League and bring their hard-hitting skills to the table.
On the bowling front, left-arm paceman Joel Paris and right-arm fast bowler Scott Boland look forward to making their international ODI debut in this series against India. Mitchell Starc is out due to injury and that puts the focus on Josh Hazlewood, James Faulkner and Kane Richardson who have contributed well with their pace attack in recent outings.
Although they lost the warm-up game against the visitors, they have a star-studded batting line-up that can put stiff challenges to the opposition; the bowlers are comfortable performing on home turf and they will definitely come out all guns blazing in the upcoming match on Tuesday.
Dhoni makes his comeback as the captain of the team with this tour and he has a lot to prove in terms of his batting performance; Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey posted half-centuries in the warm-up game to take the team to a respectable score after the others fell like a pack of cards. While Sharma will be in the top order, Pandey be a part of the middle order of the batting line-up in the absence of Suresh Raina; Ajinkya Rahane also did well with the bat and we will see him in action along with others like Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja and the in-form Virat Kohli.
Mohammad Sami has been ruled out of the series and he will be replaced by Bhuvneshwar Kumar; Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav will provide the pace attack and they can stifle the opposition in their run-flow. Ravichandran Ashwin has everything going for him and will lead the squad with his spin bowling while Jadeja, who has been consistent with his wicket-taking abilities will definitely do his best to measure up to the challenges.
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel took 2-29 in the recent warm-up game and along with Rishi Dhawan, who also claimed two wickets, they provide variety and depth to the attack. The batsmen put up a lacklustre performance in the warm-up match on Saturday but the bowlers came good, helping them win the match. Dhoni and his men will have to fire with all their armoury in order to defeat Australia in their own backyard.
Both teams have experience and talent on their side and will match their skills to dominate the opponent on Tuesday; while the contest could go down to the wire,have performed well in the warm-up games, but Australia being the home team is better placed to win the first ODI