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by Alastair Symondson Monday 13 January 2020
India will have to pick between KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan as Rohit Sharma's batting partner for the game. Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will come in next. The team is likely to go in with Ravindra Jadeja, to provide an extra batting option, along with leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
With Bumrah and Shami automatic picks, the competition for the third seamer's spot would be between Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur. While Saini provides an x-factor with his pace, he also runs the risk of going for a lot of runs due to his limited control at the death.
Shardul Thakur, apart from swinging in the ball first up, has also begun to bowl well at the death, which makes him a stronger contender. It only helps that he has now played crucial cameos at number eight a couple of times.
It will be exciting to see Aaron Finch and David Warner open the innings for Australia. Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne will follow.
The team has three options for the number five position: Ashton Turner, D'Arcy Short and Peter Handscomb. Both Handscomb and Turner performed well on their last tour of India. But, on current form, D'Arcy Short warrants a place in the side. One feels that Peter Handscomb is in the pole position for making the XI currently.
The last time Australia toured India, Alex Carey batted at number seven. Now, with both Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell no longer a part of the Australian ODI squad, wicketkeeper Carey will bat at six and will like to make the finisher's role his own.
The Aussies have got an exciting bowling attack with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa as their four pure bowlers.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
India - Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kedar Jadhav/Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia - Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - India
Who will win? – India
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Virat Kohli (India), David Warner (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jasprit Bumrah (India), Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Most Sixes – Rohit Sharma (India), David Warner (Australia)
Player of the Match – Virat Kohli
Team Scores Batting first – India 330+, Australia 310+
Match Handicap India
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*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, so stay tuned.
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