Team India looks very strong on paper as compared to the Australian side. The Aussies have not fared well in the recent ODIs and have lost series against Pakistan and South Africa.
However, what will lend some balance to the series is that India have decided to rest ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah who bowls equally well both at the top and at the death and is the No 1 ranked ODI bowler currently.
In Bumrah's absence, the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar would be expected to step up his game. Bhuvi has not been at his best for the last year and with the World Cup approaching, it is time that he hits his straps.
Having played the entire Test series, Mohammed Shami is expected to be rested and left arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed will make the playing eleven along with two spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal while Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav will share the overs of the fifth bowler.
As for Australia, captain Aaron Finch will like to forget the Test series both on an individual front and from the team's perspective. He would open the batting along with Usman Usman Khawaja with Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb to follow.
All-rounder Marcus Stoinis will provide balance to the side while Billy Stanlake and Jhye Richardson will shoulder the pace attack. Wrist spinner Adam Zampa bowled extremely well in the T20I series against India and will be Australia's x-factor.
Let's have a look at the predicted playing XI of both teams.
India - Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed
Australia - Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa
Who will win? – India
Head to Head – ODIs: 128, Australia: 73, India: 45
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Rohit Sharma (India), Aaron Finch (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Kuldeep Yadav (India), Adam Zampa (Australia)
Most Sixes – Rohit Sharma (India), Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
Team Scores Batting First – India 300+, Australia 240+
*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.
Chetan Narula shares his preview for the Australia v India ODI Series:
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