India vs Australia Preview
Australia will begin their tour of India with the first T20I which will be played at the Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy stadium, Visakhapatnam on February 24.
The series provides a golden revenge opportunity for the Kangaroos, having endured a humiliating Test and ODI defeats at the hands of India back home. The Men in Blue first drew the T20I series 1-1 before clinching the Test series by 2-1. They almost won the fourth Test had the rain Gods not intervened.
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As if that was not enough, the visitors inflicted further misery by winning the ODI series 2-1, rounding off a perfect tour. As a result, the Aussies would be hoping to reverse the result in their favour this time around.
The visitors, however, would be heartened with their gain of momentum after the infamous series loss against India.
The team crushed the Sri Lankans 2-0 in Test series, offering some much-needed relief to the Australian side.
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As for India, it will be a tricky tie. Even though they will be playing in familiar conditions this time around, they should least underestimate their rejuvenated opponents. This is a mistake they did against New Zealand after winning the first three ODI matches and had to witness a defeat in the next ODI apart from a T20 series loss. What was painful was the manner in which they lost in the fourth ODI, capitulating for 92 in the first innings.
The series is crucial for both the sides from the World Cup point of view. In fact, it will be their last white-ball series before the cricketing extravaganza begins in May.
As a result, the duo will look forward to fine-tuning their squads and play well in what is the final dress rehearsal.
India T20I Squad:
Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, MS Dhoni, Vijay Shankar, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Siddarth Kaul, Mayank Markande.
Australia T20I Squad:
Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, D Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Handscomb, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Ashton Turner.
Team News – India
In the run-up to the series, the Indian team faced a significant blow after all-rounder Hardik Pandya was ruled out of both the T20Is and ODIs owing to the injury, a lower back stiffness. Ravindra Jadeja will come in as Pandya’s replacement in the squad.
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Moreover, Chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who has had a fabulous but busy 2018, will be rested. The young spinner Mayank Markande, who impressed in the Ranji Trophy season, will be filling his boots.
Talking about incoming players, star players Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah will be returning back in action. The duo enjoyed ample rest during the NZ series.
Moreover, the Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul will also be back in India’s 15-member squad.
Team News – Australia
Mitchell Starc will be staying back home in the upcoming series with Mitchell Marsh too joining him. Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake will also be absent from the lineup.
Kane Richardson will be making a return to the XI whereas Shaun Marsh will join the team from the third ODI. As a result, D’Arcy Short will also get a chance to play in the ODI squad along with Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Predicted Starting XI
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul/Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Vijay Shankar, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mayank Markande
Aaron Finch(c), D Arcy, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon
The 1st T2oI between India and Australia will take place at 7.00 PM on February 24. India vs Australia
India vs Australia Live Streaming
The India vs Australia series will be broadcasted live on the Star Sports Network. The series will also be broadcasted live on Hotstar.