Two of the most influential teams in international cricket will come face to face for a three-match ODI series before the start of the ODI World Cup. The first ODI between India and Australia is scheduled to take place on Friday at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.
India will be pumped up and high on confidence with their win in the Asia Cup final. Senior players have been rested for the first two ODIs and we will see some fresh faces in the first fixture.
With three consecutive losses against South Africa in the last three ODI, the Australian camp will have their concerns for the upcoming ODI series against India. The top bookmakers in India have odds for this series with them.
Ishan has been in brilliant form recently and has done well while being under pressure
The betting tip is...
Ishan Kishan to score 50
Team India will be looking forward to hosting the Australian squad before the World Cup as it will give the players much required time to prepare for the major tournament.
KL Rahul will be the leading man and in the absence of Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan will be expected to open the game with Shubman Gill. Ravichandran Ashwin will be making his comeback to the ODI format after an exile of 20 months.
Washington Sundar might also make his presence in the first ODI. Tilak Varma will be the new debutant for team India in the ODI format and will be responsible for handling the situation in the middle order.
Mohammed Siraj will be in the spotlight after his stunning performance in the Asia Cup final.
Predicted Lineup: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami
The Australian squad is going through a major dip in their performance in the ODI format. They lost the ODI series against South Africa by 2-3 and team morale is expected to be all-time low. Pat Cummins will be leading the team and all the eyes will be on David Warner and Mitchell Marsh in the top order.
Cameron Green will be expected to do major damage in the middle order and as an allrounder. Aussies camp will be focusing more on their quality of bowling as bowlers completely failed to impress in the last three ODIs.
Josh Hazlewood is currently at the top of the charts in ODI rankings and will be expected to do major damage to the opposition.
Predicted Lineup: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
We are in for an absolute thriller between the two teams as they both are evenly matched teams. Both teams will be trying hard to start the series on a positive note and score a win.
However, even after the absence of senior players, the Indian squad looks more balanced and they will get the benefit of the home pitch. We predict a win for team India in the first ODI.