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‘Bird’ Manish Pandey Pulls Off A One-Handed Stunner To Dismiss David Warner – Watch Video

Manish Pandey did not have a great run with the bat in his returning ODI but the acrobatic fielder hogged the limelight with his one-handed stunner to dismiss David Warner. The batsman was also left surprised with Pandey’s effort, who timed his jump to perfection to pull off the catch.

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It was the second ball of the fourth over when Warner went for a shot over the covers. Pandey, who is one of the best fielders in the team, jumped at the right time and caught the ball with one hand to dismiss the star batsman on 15 off 12. Here is how Pandey pulled off the catch –

Warner and Aaron Finch provided a good start to the team as they put up 20 runs in first 3.1 overs. There was nothing wrong with Warner’s shot but he played it in the wrong area. Australia are chasing a big target of 341.

Earlier in the match, the Indian openers also provided a good start to the team by adding 81 runs for the first wicket. Adam Zampa once again provided a big breakthrough as he trapped Rohit Sharma in front of the stumps. Both Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan put up 103 runs for the second wicket to extend India’s dominance but latter missed his century by just four runs. Shreyas Iyer, batting at number four, managed seven off 17.

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Captain Kohli and KL Rahul did well to add 78 runs for the fourth wicket but Zampa once again dismissed Kohli to extend his domination over the batsman. Rahul’s finishing touch saw India score 340 in 50 overs.

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Australia’s new-ball bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins went wicketless. Zampa, who scalped a three-fer, who Australia’s most successful bowler of the day.

The visitors have a tough chase ahead and with dew not playing any role here, it will be an onerous task for them to scale the total.

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Kohli looks forward to Rajkot clash. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Team India Missed a Trick with Virat Kohli Batting at No. 4 – VVS Laxman

After the massive defeat against Australia, the top-batting order of the Team India has raised questions on the squad experimentation, especially with skipper Virat Kohli coming at No. 4 instead of his usual number three spot. The former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman believes that in order to experiment the team had certainly missed a trick.

Australia started their tour to India by getting a lead of 1-0 in the three-match One-day series where they defeated the hosts by 10 wickets. It happened after 15 years since 2005 when India faced such defeat in the limited-overs game.

For India, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, who recently made a comeback in the team after missing the entire West Indies tour of India in 2019 due to an injury. In the series opener at Wankhede against Australia, Dhawan scored a stunning 74 runs in the innings while Rohit got out for just 10 runs.

Coming in at No.3, Kl Rahul scored 47 runs off 60 balls, but his position in the team pushed Kohli to bat at No.4. The skipper could only score 16 runs from 18 balls and gave away his wicket to the young Aussie bowler Adam Zampa.

After that only Rishabh Pant (28) and Ravindra Jadeja (25) were able to sail India’s ship past 200 runs before they both went down as well. Thus, India ended up on 255.

Laxman: ‘India missed the trick with Virat Kohli’

Nonetheless, there was an evident failure in the batting order of the India team during the match that led to a low total in comparison to what India is capable of. Talking about the same, the former Test specialist of India said that the team missed the trick of using the skipper Virat Kohli at the proper position.

He said that Kohli is a run-making machine for the team and can lead to the end of the game if he comes in at or before No. 3. According to Laxman, the number fourth position is critical for the top-ranked batsman as by that time the bowlers are set and there is nothing more left that would change the match.

“India missed a trick by dropping Virat Kohli down to No. 4. The best batsman in the world, Virat can set up innings, be it batting at first or second, from No. 3. He is a master at assessing conditions and situations, is full of intent and energy.

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And therefore, it creates uncertainty if not panic in the opposition ranks with every minute spent at the crease. At no. 4, the innings is already set up for him – whether he walks in at 160 or at 18. India will be served better by the captain moving back to the spot best for him and the team,” Laxman said.

Nevertheless, after the disastrous opening game of the series, the team will undergo certain batting changes. The wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, in the meantime, is dropped from the team for the second ODI at Rajkot.

Meanwhile, the next match will be exciting and important for Kohli & his men to make a certain comeback in the game and level the series before the decider in Chennai takes place on January 19.

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BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Backs Virat Kohli & Co. After Humiliating Loss at Wankhede

Former Indian skipper and the concurrent President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly is hopeful of Virat Kohli-led India team to make a come back in the impending ODI against Australia. Meanwhile, in the first limited-overs game against Australia at Wankhede, the Indian battalion batting line-up barring a dew could not hold their stand against Aussies quality bowling attack. After 2005, it is for the first time when India was taken down by a whopping 10-wicket margin in the 50-over fold.

In the anticipated series opener, Australia subdued the winning streak of Kohli & his men when they took the thrashing opener, Rohit Sharma, for just 10 runs in the early overs. However, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul kept things under control before they were dismissed with the mere difference of six balls.

The southpaw Dhawan, who came back after recovering from injury scored crucial 74 runs while Rahul gave away his wicket to Steve Smith when he was just three runs away from half-century.

Other than Dhawan and Rahul, none of Kohli’s men were able to keep their stand against the ruthless Australian bowlers. Rishabh Pant (28) and Ravindra Jadeja (25) tried to hold the sinking ship of India cricket to cross the 200-run mark before these two were caught.

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By the end of the innings, India gave the visitors an easy target of 256 runs to chase down in 50 overs.

In reply, Aussie openers Aaron Finch and David Warner had thrashed Indian bowlers. While Warner smashed a total of 20 boundaries to record a blistering century, and skipper Finch followed the suit, Indian fielders and bowlers were struggling to keep up with their pace.

It took less than 38 overs for the Aussie openers to chase down the target set by the hosts, Warner had registered 128* runs whereas. Finch scored unbeaten 110 runs.

Ganguly hopeful of India making it back in the game:

After the humiliating defeat at the Wankhede Stadium, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly backs Virat Kohli & co. The former skipper of the revolutionized India team believes that India will make a definite comeback in the remainder of the series.

Meanwhile, the anticipated second ODI will be played on 17th of January at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot while the decider will be played on 19 January at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

“The next two one-dayers against Australia will be a cracker. This Indian team is a strong team .. just had a bad day in office .. been in this situation before and have come back to win from 2-0 down two seasons ago ..good luck @imVkohli”

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Steve Smith Indicates The Next Big Thing For Australian Cricket Ahead Of The ODI Series Against India

The two top cricket teams of the limited-overs game are set to have a face-off against each other in the three-match ODI series, starting on 14th January in Mumbai. While gearing up at the Wankhede Stadium of Mumbai, the Aussie cricketer Steve Smith identified the next big thing of the Australian national cricket team.

The visiting Australia and the hosts India share thralling rivalry when it comes to the shorter format of cricket. And after having a series of Test assignments, Australia will look forward to winning the ODI series in India the same way they did in March last year.

Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli & his men are likely to fight till death and continue walking down the path of glorious victories. While India lost to Australia last time at home, the surprising fact in that series was that the two run-making machines, David Warner and Steve Smith were out of the team. And while India won two games at the start, they later succumbed to the Australian batting and bowling.

Smith identifies the next big thing for Australian cricket:

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This time, however, Aussies are back with the two rocket-scorers for the team while India got their own squad prepared to face the strong Australian team. Nevertheless, with power-hitting batsmen and ace pacers on both sides, the series opener will give some idea about the gameplay of either team.

Denoting this subject, Smith indicated towards one name that could possibly be the game-changing factor and threat in the future. The run-smasher believes that the young cricketer Marnus Labuschagne will be the next superstar for Australia, especially after having the amazing home Test series against Pakistan and New Zealand. The youngster was the leading Test run-getter in 2019.

Smith told Cricket Australia, “That’s is the real challenge for him (Labuschagne) now, having that amazing series, there’s going to be that expectation there now and it’s about managing that.

The thing I like about Marnus is his willingness to learn and how quickly he picks things up, and if he continues to do that, he’s going to be a huge player for Australia for a long time.”

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“He’s got a good head on his shoulders, he’s got that belief in himself now that he can do it, now it’s about resetting the clock every time he goes out to play.

He’s got a really good understanding of how he wants to play and that’s a huge thing for a young player.

To have that understanding and be able to stick to something for a prolonged period of time and trust it’s going to work, he’s found that method now and I have no doubt he’s going to get better,” opined the former skipper, who returned last year from a year-ban from cricket following ball-tampering case.

Meanwhile, all eyes will be set on a few names, two of which are making a comeback in the game after recovering from injuries. The Indian stars donning the glamour will include the names of skipper Virat Kohli, opener Shikhar Dhawan, and pacer Jasprit Bumrah while Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, and David Warner will be in the limelight of Australian team.

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Hardik Pandya Ecstatic After Training With The India Team Ahead Of The Australia ODI Series

After being pulled out from India A tour of New Zealand, Hardik Pandya is training harder to recover as quickly as he can before the selectors announce the ODI and Test squad for India tour of New Zealand. The all-rounder got the chance of practising with his teammates at the Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) ahead of the opening game of ODI series against Australia.

India, meanwhile, is riding on the winning streak from 2019 and recently defeated the visiting Sri Lanka by 2-0 in the three-match T20I series. Now from January 14, India is marching up against Australia in the three-match ODI series.

It will be the second home assignment for the Indian team this year before they head up to New Zealand for five T20Is, three ODIs, and two Test matches in their first away series of the year.

Pandya ecstatic to practice with fellow Indian cricketers while recovering from a back injury

On last Monday (13th January), the all-rounder got the opportunity to practice with his fellow Indian cricketers after a long time. Still recovering from the back injury, Pandya was earlier reported that he failed to pass the fitness tests and was pulled out of India A tour to New Zealand. However, later, it was revealed that Pandya wanted to more work on his fitness, so he moved out from that squad. The cricketer recently got operated the back injury that has been troubling him for a long while affecting his game in the international circuit. The Indian cricketer Vijay Shankar will be replacing the quirky allrounder for that away series.

However, the cricketer has started training harder, and after quite a long time, Pandya got the opportunity to practice with the India team at Wankhede stadium. He took to his social media account and posted pictures of training with the team.

Pandya posted the pictures on Twitter account with a caption:

“Back training with the team ✌ Missed this amazing feeling ??

In the meantime, Pandya will look forward to recovering soon as the team selectors are yet to announce the ODI and Test squads of India for the much-awaited New Zealand tour. It will be a month-long tour where India will indulge with the hosts in a series of exciting T20Is, one-dayers, and the red-ball game. The team for the T20I series for this tour has already been announced that ensured the return of Rohit Sharma in T20Is.


India vs Australia ODI Series: Five Australian Players Who Can Create A Problem For Team India

After playing the T20I series against Sri Lanka, team India will now play the ODI series against a tough opposition Australia in the home ground. The first ODI match of this series will be the first meeting between Australia and India after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, where the Men in Blue defeated Australia. This ODI series will start on 14th January.

In 2019, India created history after winning the first time the bilateral Test and ODI series against Australia in Australia. Though at that time their two star-batsman Steve Smith and David Warner, were not playing because they were serving the ban for the ball-tampering case. However, later, in March 2019, Australia beat the hosts India in the five-match ODI series by the 3-2 margins, despite once trailing that series by the 2-0 margin.

This time the Australians are travelling with a strong squad of 14 players. Some Australian players in this squad are constantly performing well and might be a danger in the Indian conditions. Here, Sportzwiki understands that below-mentioned five players can give a tough fight to the Indians.

Adam Zampa

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Adam Zampa (Credits: Getty)

Adam Zampa has always been a danger to the Indian Batsmen. He has almost all successful outings against India in India. From 2016, he is playing regular limited-overs international matches for Australia.

The leg-spinner has played eight ODI matches in India and has picked 15 wickets at an economy rate of 6.21. Seeing Indian condition, which assists spinners more in comparison to the pacers, he will surely be an attacking bowler.

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India vs Australia 1st ODI: IND vs AUS Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Fantasy Cricket Tips

India and Australia will resume their rivalry in the 50-over format at Wankhede Stadium, the host of the first ODI of the series. The last time two teams faced each other, Australia made a comeback after losing the first two ODIs and defeated the hosts 3-2. That time, they didn’t have the services of Steven Smith and David Warner but on this occasion, the visiting team has the services of the duo. It will be an onerous task for India to keep Australia at the bay.

Conditions –

Wankhede’s wicket is a flat one and expect both the teams to pile on big scores. Since the match is likely to end at before 9 PM, dew should not play a major role in deciding the course of the game.

Here is the likely playing XI of both the teams –

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli hinted that he might demote himself in the batting order to allow Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan to play together. So expect all the three players to be part of the playing XI. With Mohammed Shami coming back, there will be a direct race between Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini for a place in the playing XI.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dube, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav and Saini might sit out of the opening ODI.

Team India’s likely playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami


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The visitors will also have a tough task to pick a perfect XI for the first ODI. It is unlikely that Marnus Labuschagne will get a chance at least in the opening ODI of the series. It also remains to be seen if Peter Handscomb keeps his place in the playing XI.

Australia’s likely playing XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Alex Carey, Ashton Turner, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood

My Dream11 team for IND vs AUS 1st ODI

Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Steven Smith (Vice-Captain), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Alex Carey, Ravindra Jadeja, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Kuldeep Yadav

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India vs Australia 2020: Three Major Talking Points From The ODI Series

After the end of the three-match home T20I series against Sri Lanka, India are now preparing to face Australian cricketers on the soil for the three-match ODI series. India and Australia will play this ODI series from 14th January to 19th January.

With India on the winning streak since 2019, it will be difficult for Australia to take a lead in the upcoming limited-overs series. Meanwhile, the opener Rohit Sharma will be back in the team after resting from the T20I series against Sri Lanka.

It will be good to see him back with the team while Australia will be laced with their own power-packed duo, David Warner and Steven Smith. In the present ICC ODI rankings, India are in the no.2 position and Australia are in the no.4 spot.

However, below are the three talking points of the upcoming ODI assignments between India and Australia.

Three Talking Points of India vs Australia 2020 ODI series:

The current form of Rishabh Pant

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The young wicketkeeper-batsman has been under the team selectors’ radar ever since MS Dhoni took a sabbatical break from the international cricket. However, Rishabh Pant has not been able to perform for a long time with both, the bat and the gloves. His inconsistent performances put more questions on his sustainability.

However, the 22-year-old performed exceptionally during the West Indies tour of India in late 2019. While Pant scored an unbeaten 33 runs in the second T20I, he made a stunning half-century in the ODI opener against the visiting Caribbean. In the second ODI of that series, Pant scored 39 runs off 16 balls in the crucial death overs.

Thereafter, Pant will still be the talk of the game during Australia touring India for the ODI series.

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Rajasthan Royals’ Andrew McDonald To Coach Australia Against India As Justin Langer Takes Break

Australia head coach Justin Langer has taken a short break from coaching as he will not travel to India for the three-match ODI series which starts next week. In his absence, senior assistant coach Andrew McDonald – he is also the head coach of IPL franchise Rajasthan Royal Royals – will do the coaching duties. McDonald had joined Langer’s backroom staff in October 2019 and has been given the freedom to take a break while he does coaching in franchise cricket.

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McDonald has had a successful stint as coach at different levels and would hope to continue his run with the international team as well. He has also worked with Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL  but he is the head coach at Rajasthan Royals.

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This is the first time that Langer has taken a break from coaching. He had joined Australia’s coaching staff in May 2018 and has had a successful stint so far. Under him, Australia successfully retained Ashes 2019 in England and recently dominated Pakistan and New Zealand, winning five Test matches on the trot.

Though Australia suffered their first-ever Test series defeat against India when Virat Kohli and co defeated the hosts 2-1 in 2018/19. At the World Cup, Australia made it to the semi-final where they lost to England.

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While Langer will miss the India series, the visitors have their full-strength squad. Led by Aaron Finch, the squad includes regulars Steven Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. Josh Hazlewood is also back in the ODI team while the selectors handed maiden ODI call-up to Marnus Labuschagne. Ahead of the series, Sean Abbott was replaced by D’Arcy Short.

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The first ODI of the series will be played in Mumbai on January 14. The next two ODIs will be played on January 14 and 19 in Rajkot and Bengaluru, respectively.

The hosts had also named a solid squad with Rohit Sharma coming back after taking a rest for three T20Is against Sri Lanka. There could also be a case when Hardik Pandya might also return for ODIs, further strengthening the squad.

On their last tour to India, Australia came back after losing the first two ODIs and won the five-match series 3-2.

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Sean Abbott Ruled Out Of India ODIs, D’Arcy Short Named Replacement

A side strain has stymied Sean Abbott’s return to ODI cricket as the right-arm pacer has been ruled out of the India series which takes place in January. Abbott, whose only ODI came way back in 2014, had earned a recall to the ODI squad but suffered the strain during Big Bash League match on Friday – he was playing for Sydney Sixers. As a result, he will also miss a few Big Bash League fixtures.

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D’Arcy Short, the left-handed batsman turned all-rounder, has been named Abbott’s in the squad. Short has played four ODIs so far, with his last 50-over game coming against South Africa in 2018 in Perth. He wasn’t in the scheme of things for World Cup 2019 and was only a part of the two T20Is against India earlier this year.

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A recall now sees Short coming back in the scheme of things. He now also bowls left-arm spin and holds a chance of making a comeback in the playing XI in the absence of Glenn Maxwell.

Short, in total, has played four ODIs and 20 T20Is. He is currently playing for Hobart Hurricane sin the BBL 2019/20.

Abbott’s absence from the squad means the trio of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc will play all the three ODIs. Cummins has already decided to take rest following India series.

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The ODI series might see Marnus Labuschagne make his ODI debut. Riding on his success in the longest format, the right-handed batsman was called into the ODI squad for the first time. Australia dropped Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis for the tour.

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Meanwhile. India will be bolstered by the comeback of Jasprit Bumrah. The right-arm pacer hasn’t played any form of competitive cricket for four months. Prior to the ODIs, he will play three T20Is against Sri Lanka. Rohit Sharma, who has been rested for Sri Lanka T20Is, will be back for Australia ODIs.

The three ODIs of the series will be played on January 14, 17 and 19 in Mumbai, Rajkot and Bengaluru, respectively.

Squad: Aaron Finch (Captain), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (vc), Pat Cummins (vc), Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, David Warner, Adam Zampa