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by Alastair Symondson Thursday 22 November 2018
The first match of the series was a peculiar one with regards to the DLS method. The oddities of this technique came to the fore as India lost the match even after scoring 11 runs more than the Aussies.
Leaving that for some other day, it was India's bowling which lost them the match. Yes, the batters could have done something extraordinary to hand the team a win but it was the bowlers who should have done the job a little more professionally.
There were two weak and inexperienced links in the Indian bowling line up in Khaleel Ahmed and Krunal Pandya and the Australians exploited both. This would warrant Yuzvendra Chahal replacing Kunal Pandey in the next match. The team must back itself with the batters that it has. That will of course mean a longer tail but so be it.
For Australia, a favourable result finally came after a long wait. It was the partnership between Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis which was the game changer. Aaron Finch and Chris Lynn also showed that they can decimate any bowling line up on their day.
With the ball, Adam Zampa was exceptional and got good support from Billy Stanlake and Marcus Stoinis.
It must also be taken into account that this was India's first match of the tour and that too on one of the bounciest surfaces in Australia at the Gabba. With a couple of changes and a bit more adaptability, India is expected to bounce back in the next game.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
India- Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed
Australia- Aaron Finch, D Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Billy Stanlake
Who will win? – India
Head to Head – T20Is 16, Australia 6, India 10
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Rohit Sharma (India), Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Kuldeep Yadav (India), Adam Zampa (Australia)
Most Sixes – Rohit Sharma (India), Chris Lynn (Australia)
Team Scores Batting First – India 160+, Australia 150+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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