October 3, 2022
Match Preview – India vs Australia, Australia 2022 in India, 1st T20I


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After the 2021 T20 World Cup, India has played a total of 29 T20 matches in this series. Meanwhile, Australia has played just nine. Despite their preparations, Australia can turn from their usual confidence in the T20 World Cup – but this time they will have to defend the title in their own backyard. And they have a lot to figure out compared to their better-prepared opponents.

In an era of packed cricket calendar and schedule, it seems quite surprising that these two teams have not played each other in a T20I since December 2020. India won that series 2-1, while Australia won the previous T20I series. In India, in February 2019. Plus, how can we forget He Match in Mohali, when Virat Kohli left Australia speechless? Regardless of the format, meetings between these two countries have always been high-octane and largely competitive, and this series should be no different provided Australia can overcome some of the selection questions.

One of the biggest concerns is the recent form of their captain Aaron Finch. Steven Smith’s middle strike rate has also raised questions about his place in the XI. And, Australia are without the injured trio of Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis for this series, while David Warner has been rested. The team playing this series looks quite different from Australia’s first choice World Cup team. But it gives Australia the space to experiment with the back-up but they would also like to build up the winning momentum. They have five more matches after this series – a two-match series against West Indies and three T20Is against England at home – before the T20 World Cup.

It will be interesting to see how Tim David, who will be in Australia colors for the first time, fits into the international set-up. Australia are also likely to experiment with Josh Inglis to open with Finch. Finch said there will be a lot of ‘mixing and matching’ ahead of the World Cup.

Meanwhile, India has some time to find out what has worked for them and more importantly, what has not. They are back home after some traveling, winning bilateral T20I series in Ireland, England and the Caribbean. But it was his most recent preparations – in the Asia Cup – that left him with important takeaways.

After the Asia Cup Super 4 exit, skipper Rohit Sharma said that India were “90-95% settled” before the T20 World Cup. His aggressive attitude has worked well to a large extent. Kohli has finally hit form, so his place in the XI – at least for now – is no longer a debate. They are entering the series with the strongest team available and would primarily like to focus on clearing the roles.

The return of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel means that Hardik Pandya no longer needs a third pacer. India would also like to see how they can make better use of all-rounders like Axar Patel and Deepak Hooda. Rohit was clear that KL Rahul has his backing as an opener. As for Pant, India will be hoping that he does well in the series. India have a home series against South Africa ahead of the T20 World Cup to further strengthen their plans.

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in the headlines

all eyes will be Tim David, who would like to showcase his power-hitting skills this time in the colors of Australia. The Singapore-born batsman has impressed in various T20 competitions, including the recent IPL, and will look to replicate his success on the international stage. His big hitting skills on one hand, his ability to take on spinners and fast bowlers alike make him a must-have in the T20 team. He averages 32.48 in T20s with a strike rate of 164.12. In the absence of Stoinis in this series, he is likely to find a place in the middle order. But if both Stoinis and Marsh become fit at the start of the World Cup, then Australia will not be able to give them a place. It is Smith’s position that appears a bit weak so far – but he also has a reputation for being an anchor in the XI – so it remains to be seen how Australia fits David into their XI at the World Cup.

Rishabh Pant The T20 format has failed to live up to the expectations. In T20Is since 2020, he averages just 27.63 and has hit 129.95 in 32 innings. In the Asia Cup, Pant had to bring in Dinesh Karthik’s place in the XI after Ravindra Jadeja was injured as India wanted a left-handed batsman in the middle. But he could only manage 17 and 14 in Super 4 against Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively. With Pant and Karthik in the squad that gives them flexibility, it looks like India can currently accommodate only one of the two in the XI. Pant will have to utilize his time in the upcoming T20 Internationals to get back in form ahead of the T20 World Cup.

team news

Umesh Yadav, who was originally to undergo rehab for a quad injury in Bengaluru, has been called into the squad after Mohammed Shami tested positive for Covid-19. But with the return of Bumrah and Harshal, India’s Umesh is unlikely to play in the XI.

India (Probable): 1 Rohit Sharma (Captain), 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Rishabh Pant/Dinesh Karthik (WK), 7 Axar Patel, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Deepak Chahar, 9 Harshal Patel, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

In Marsh’s absence, Smith will bat at number three against India. David is set to make his Australian middle-order debut. Australia are also likely to play Inglis – who has played so far at No 3 and in the middle order in T20Is – as an opener and pushes Matthew Wade down the order. Cameron Green, who has been impressive with ball and bat, has been brought back into the T20I squad – after playing a lone match in April this year – and is also likely to find a place in the XI.

Australia (Probable): 1 Aaron Finch (c), 2 Josh Inglis, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Matthew Wade (wk), 6 Tim David, 7 Cameron Green, 8 Adam Zampa, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 Sean Abbott

pitch and conditions

Mohali is likely to remain partly cloudy and humid tomorrow, with a chance of 25% rain in the evening. The chasing team in T20s since 2018 has won seven out of 11 matches on the field. On the eve of the match, Finch said that there was “little grass” on the wicket.

  • Jasprit Bumrah has dismissed Glenn Maxwell seven times in 15 meetings in T20s
  • mention

    “…Only we know what role is expected of each person. Everyone is trying to give their best, and not every time a player will be successful. And we have created such an environment, that the player Not afraid to play or players not afraid to make mistakes.
    KL Rahul On constant criticism from outside

    “The last thing you want to do is have an injury derail your entire campaign because you’re ready to play one style of cricket or one team structure.”
    Aaron Finch XI. ready to use with

    Shruti Rabindranath is the sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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