Who Will Win India vs Australia, 1st ODI?
After being blanked 0-2 in the T20I series, India will look to exact their revenge on Australia in the forthcoming five-game ODI series. The first one-day international will be played on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Live telecast of the match is scheduled to begin at 1:30 PM local time.
IND vs AUS Toss Prediction
Three of the last four one-day internationals played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium have been won by the side batting first. And also since the wicket at this ground tends to slow down as the game wears on, the toss-winning team here will probably opt to bat first.
India Team News & Playing 11:
IND Team News
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been rested for the first two ODIs with Siddarth Kaul replacing him in the squad. Hardik Pandya is injured and was earlier ruled out of the entire limited-overs series. The all-rounder has been replaced by Ravindra Jadeja. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are likely to open the batting for India with Virat Kohli to come in at number three. The selectors, however, may have to decide between Ambati Rayudu and KL Rahul for the number four spot. Mohammed Shami, who was rested for the New Zealand tour, will return and pair up with Jasprit Bumrah to lead India’s pace attack.
IND Key Players
The top three in Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli along with MS Dhoni in the middle order hold the key for India in terms of batting. Kohli looked solid in both the T20Is and he is coming off an unbeaten 38-ball 72 in the last game. Dhawan has a half-century in the only ODI he has played at this ground while Dhoni has scored the most runs here in this format from the current squad. Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami will be the main threats for Australia with the ball. Bumrah is the best ODI bowler in the world and he had troubled the Australians in their own backyard as well as in both the games of the recently concluded T20I series. Kuldeep will be the one to watch out for in the middle overs and he will make the Aussies work hard for their runs.
IND Recent Form
India have played eight one-day internationals so far this year out of which they have won six and lost two. Their previous ODI assignment was a bilateral series in New Zealand last month which they ended up winning 4-1. The men-in-blue outplayed the hosts in the first three games to clinch the series. Prior to that, India had a successful tour of Australia where they won the three-match bilateral series 2-1.
Australia Team News & Playing 11
AUS Team News
Shaun Marsh has joined the Australian team but he is not expected to feature in the starting eleven for the first one-day international. D’Arcy Short’s good form in the preceding T20I series is likely to earn him a spot and he could once again open the Australian innings with skipper Aaron Finch. Fast bowler Kane Richardson had earlier been ruled out of the tour due to injury and was replaced by Andrew Tye in the ODI squad. Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson will probably form the pace attack for Australia along with Marcus Stoinis.
AUS Key Players
With skipper Aaron Finch undergoing a poor run of form, Australia’s batting will depend heavily on the likes of Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb. Maxwell is looking in threatening form at the moment. The all-rounder scored 56 in the first T20I and followed that up with a scintillating 113 not-out from just 55 balls to single-handedly win the series for Australia. Handscomb hit two fifties in the home ODI series against India and he will be expected to score in these conditions as well. Stoinis is another key man for the Aussies with both bat and ball. He can add crucial runs in the middle order and can pick wickets in pressure situations. Pat Cummins and Jason Behrendorff are two other bowlers in this Australian line-up who can cause problems for the Indian batsmen, especially with the new ball.
AUS Recent Form
Australia have struggled to win games in the fifty-over format in recent times. They have played 16 one-day internationals since last year and have lost 13 of those. They faced a 1-2 defeat in their last ODI series against India in January, and before that, they suffered a whitewash at the hands of England in a five-match series in England last year in June and then lost another home series 1-2 to South Africa in November.
IND vs AUS Head to Head
India and Australia have played a total of 131 one-day internationals against each other. 47 of those have been won by the former and 74 by the latter with the rest all ending without a result.
India have won seven of their last nine ODIs against Australia including the most recently played two. The hosts have beaten the visitors six times in their last seven ODI meetings in India.
Australia, however, have played two ODIs against India at this ground and have emerged victorious on both occasions. The Aussies won the first of those by 47 runs in October 2007 and the second by 3 runs in November 2009.
India vs Australia Betting Odds
India begin as the bookmakers’ favorites to win the first one-day international and they are being offered at short odds of 1.53 with Betfair and 1.50 with both Betway and Bet365. Australia are the underdogs for this game at a higher price of 2.50 with Betway, 2.62 with Bet365 and 2.76 with Betfair.
India vs Australia Prediction
Australia will be all pumped up after sweeping the T20I series and they will be carrying momentum with them into the ODIs. They will also gain a lot of confidence from the fact that they have beaten India in both the ODIs they have played against them at this venue. However, they will be up against a side that has lost very few matches at home in this format over the past couple of years. The hosts won’t be too bothered with the loss in the T20Is and they will surely present a stiffer challenge to the visitors in the longer format. India’s bowlers, especially the spinners, are likely to trouble the Australians in these conditions and we expect them to draw first blood in this series.
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