India and Australia will lock horns in the T20Is after a hard-fought ODI series which Australia won. Following a scintillating 13-run victory, India will be sure of doing well. Almost all of their players were involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the T20I squad, and it shouldn’t be a challenge to switch from 50 overs to 20 overs.
Australian players were busy in the IPL like India, and some of them played the ODIs like the T20s themselves. The strike-rate of Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell in the ODI series was excellent, and those are troubling signs for India. On a winning note, the hosts would hope to launch the brawl in the shortest format. But the contributions of David Warner(injured) and Pat Cummins(rested) will be missed.
On Friday, the Australian Capital will experience a pleasant climate. From 7 pm in Canberra, the temperature will be about 19-21 degrees Celsius, though there is no possibility of rain at all.
As in the 3rd ODI, the pitch is a good one for both batsmen and bowlers. With the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Cameron Green having the ball to skid on comfortably, as the pace and bounce are on offer for the pacers.
The pitch also offered some assistance to the spinners, with a touch in the middle overs stopping the ball. Both sides will look to chase against winning the toss with this being an evening fixture. At this location, 160-170 should be a fair number, with both teams looking to claim first blood in this series.
Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), D’Arcy Short, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Ashton Agar, Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa, Moises Henriques/Marcus Stoinis, Josh Hazlewood/Andrew Tye
Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja
India vs Australia, 1st T20I Dream 11:
Hardik Pandya (c), KL Rahul (wk), Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Ashton Agar, Ravindra Jadeja, Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami
Due to the experience in the T20 format and handling of pressure situations, India will be a big favourite to win this match. The Australian team did not perform as well in the final ODI in the absence of Warner and Cummins. It would require additional effort from the experienced players to overcome the strong Indian team. It’s an easy cash winning game, just back the team India to win the 1st T20I against Australia with BAJI now!