Australia face a tough challenge with several injury concerns
- India have rested Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav from the first two games.
- Australia will have Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc returning from injuries.
India and Australia are set to compete in three ODIs just ahead of the World Cup. The first match will take place at PCA Stadium in Mohali on September 22. The men in blue are coming off a dominant victory in the Asia Cup final, where they bowled out Sri Lanka for 50 and chased it down in 6.1 overs. India are favourites going into this match at 1.80
Australia lost their five-match series against South Africa after winning the first two games. They will have their first choice players back for this series but they’re coming off injuries and could be rotated. Australia have odds of 1.90 to win this match.
Historically, Australia have been the dominant side in this head-to-head rivalry. They have played each other in 146 ODIs, of which Australia have won 82 games while India have claimed 54 matches. As for the previous 10 encounters, the scoreline is tied at 5-5.
Five of the last six matches played at this venue have been won by the chasing side. We predict Australia to win the toss and field first in this match.
India are in top form, having won the Asia Cup while Australia are coming off a series defeat. Considering their form and squad strength, India are favourites to clinch this match with a win probability of 55%.
The average first innings score from 26 ODIs played at this venue reads 265. For the second innings, the number goes down to 228.
PCA Stadium in Mohali has produced pretty good pitches for batting in the past. The average batting first score in the previous six games stands at 315. The weather could be cloudy with a possibility of showers.
Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Tilak Varma, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (c/wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
David Warner, Mitchell Marsh (c), Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Mitchell Marsh: The power striker had an underwhelming series against South Africa but did smash 71 off 56 in the final game. Marsh had hit two fifties versus India in the previous series.
Jasprit Bumrah: The Indian pace spearhead has looked in great rhythm since his return from an injury. He picked four wickets in three games in the Asia Cup at an excellent economy of 4.17.
Australia had defeated India in a three-match series earlier this year. They have a solid batting unit and should do well on a flat pitch. India have rested a few players and that weakens them. We predict that Australia will win the match.
Our pick: Back Australia at 1.90 to win this one!
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Shubman Gill was the top run-scorer in the Asia Cup, scoring 302 runs with two fifties and a hundred. Back Gill at 3.60 to be India’s top batter in the match!