Australia tour of India 2023, 1st ODI IND vs AUS Preview and Fantasy Prediction

By Real11 - Mar 16 2023 745 Views


Australia tour of India

1st ODI: IND vs AUS



After conquering the BGT test series by 2-1 for consecutive four times, now team India is all set to host Australia in the limited-overs format. The 3-match ODI series between India and Australia is set to begin on Friday. The 1st ODI match will start at 01:30 PM IST on 17th March. This match is scheduled to take place in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Both teams are on a winning run. The Visitors have won 9 of their last 10 matches while the Hosts India has lost only 2 of their last 10 ODIs.

Team India played its last ODI match against New Zealand on 24 January 2023 in Indore. India won that match by 90 runs. The Indian team defeated both New Zealand and Sri Lanka in the ODI and T20 International series at home two months ago. On the other hand, Australia won 3–0 against England at home in November 2022.

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Skipper of the side Rohit Sharma won't be available for the first ODI due to family commitments and Shreyas Iyer will not be available for the entire ODI series due to injury. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya will captain the team.

The wicket-keeper batter KL Rahul is likely to bat at 6 for this ODI series. On the other hand, the condition in the Australia camp is pretty much similar as well. Pat Cummins is in Australia following his mother's death and he won't be part of this ODI series. In his place, Steve Smith will take charge of the Australian team.

Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill can start the innings in place of Rohit in the first ODI, while Suryakumar Yadav is likely to bat at 4 in the middle order. The left-arm chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav will probably be the second spinner along with Ravindra Jadeja. Mohammed Shami, Umran Malik or Jaydev Unadkat could be the third fast bowler along with Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur.

Talking about Australia, one of Nathan Ellis or Sean Abbott could be the second frontline pacer along with Mitchell Starc. The responsibility behind the wicket will be on Alex Carey. The Australian team management will expect David Warner, Travis Head, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis to play a key role throughout the series.

Both sides have faced each other in 143 matches in ODI. Out of these 143 games, The Host, India has won 53 whereas Australia has come out victorious on 80 occasions, 10 matches ended without a result.


Match Details

Match: IND vs AUS, 1st ODI Match, Australia tour of India 2023

Date: Friday, 17 March

Time: 01:30 PM

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai


Pitch & Weather Report

Wankhede Stadium is one of India's most popular cricket venues, home to Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav. The average 1st innings score here is 255 runs in ODIs and we reckon a 280+ total would be a match-winning score.

Whether a team opts to bat or bowl first at this venue isn't a clear advantage. Teams bowling first have won 14 of the 27 ODIs at the Wankhede. Wankhede's pitch doesn’t change much, and chasing can be a good option. 

The maximum temperature will remain at 30°C, with a low of 27°C with 56% humidity, and a slow wind speed of 18 Km/hr for the first ODI between India and Australia on Mar 17. There is no expected rain for this match, which will begin this Friday.


IND vs AUS Squads

IND: Rohit Sharma (c), Yuzvendra Chahal, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Jaydev Unadkat, Washington Sundar, Suryakumar Yadav.

AUS: Steve Smith (c) Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Ellis, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa


IND vs AUS: Probable XIs

IND: Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya(c), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

AUS: David Warner, Travis Head, Steve Smith (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Nathan Ellis, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa


Match Prediction

India and Australia are set to face off against each other in this format for the 144th time. Without Pat Cummins & Josh Hazlewood, Visitors Australia doesn’t look as threatening with the ball. The likes of Starc and Zampa will carry most of the wicket-taking responsibility. The Host, India has their key players in great form and they also have the home advantage.

The likes of Pandya, Ishan Kishan, and SKY are very familiar with this ground. It will be a close contest with the Visitors also packing a strong batting lineup. However, overall, we reckon India to start this ODI series with a win over Australia.


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