The hosts India and the visitors Australia are ready to begin their ODI journey in the new year with this opening day/night encounter of the three-match ODI series at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai). The visitors won the toss and chose to field first.
It is the first international cricket meeting between India and Australia after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. In that tournament, they met in the round-robin stage, where India beat Australia by 36 runs.
Coming back to this Mumbai ODI, it is the first ODI for Australia since the conclusion of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, where they finished their journey in the semi-final. The visiting captain Aaron Finch won the toss in this series opener and decided to bowl first.
Finch said after winning the toss, “We are gonna bowl first. Looks like a reasonably good wicket. Hopefully, there will be some dew later.There was a lot of dew yesterday when we trained. That’s the part of our decision. The feeling is very good.
“We haven’t played ODIs since our WC semi-finals. Lot of guys have been playing Tests and BBL. So, they are pretty confident coming into this format. The guys are pretty confident. I think the guys that have come in, have done well when they have played. Having all the quicks available is not something we have had for some time. We are going with two spinners.”
We would have fielded first as well – Indian captain Virat Kohli
Indian captain Virat Kohli said after losing the toss, “We would have bowled first as well. Dew in the second innings could be a factor. But again it is a good challenge for us. We are looking to do things that are not in out comfort zone. We are pretty much ready for something that might not happen for us at the toss. Pretty happy to be batting first.
“Bombay is a great wicket to play cricket. If you do your skills well in the first or second half, you get results. We are pretty happy with the toss. At home, I don’t think any other team has else challenged so much. The last time they came here, they won the series and that too after losing the first two games. We know against Australia we have to be on top of our game. It is a challenge everytime you play them, whether it is in Australia or at home. Quality sides will challenge you everywhere. We are very excited.”
Here are the playing XIs of both the teams:
Indian playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Australian playing XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa