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After the riveting action from the Test series, India and Australia shift their focus to the fifty-over format as they compete in three ODIs. The series opener is scheduled to be played at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday, March 17. India, who have played a good amount of ODI cricket in recent times and are playing at home, start as favourites with the odds of 8/13 (1.61). Australia have odds of 13/10 (2.30).
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- India vs Australia, 1st ODI
- March 17, 2023 – 8 AM GMT
- Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
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Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
The pitches at Wankhede stadium have good pace and bounce. Seamers should get some movement up front but once batters get through that phase, there will be runs on offer. The highest total at the venue reads 438 by South Africa back in 2015.
The weather in Mumbai is expected to be typically hot and sunny on Friday afternoon. The temperature will hover around 32 degree Celsius.
India vs Australia – Match Predictions
India have a formidable batting unit even without Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. The bowling attack also has some very potent options. Australia, on the other hand, have a weakened bowling unit with Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Jhye Richardson not available. The hosts have played a lot of ODI cricket in recent times and that should give them advantage as well.
Australia to hit most sixes
Siraj to be India's Top Bowler
Not much to choose between the two sides but Australia do have some attacking strikers in the side such as Travis Head, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh and Cameron Green. Most of the Indian batters rely on traditional strokeplay.
Our Prediction: Australia to hit most sixes in the match at 11/10 (2.10).
Mohammed Siraj has cemented his spot in the ODI side with consistent performances. He has claimed 20 wickets in the last eight ODIs at a strike rate of 19.10. Siraj is a good bet to be the top wicket-taker for India at 11/4 (3.75). For Australia, leg-spinner Adam Zampa will hold the key. You can back him to be the top bowler for Australia at 3/1 (4.00) odds.
Our Prediction: Mohammed Siraj to be the highest wicket-taker for India at 11/4 (3.75).
Man of the Match
Virat Kohli is coming off a big hundred in the fourth Test and has been in terrific form in ODI cricket as well. Kohli is a top candidate to be the player of the match at 6/1 (7.00). Other top betting options include Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj, Travis Head and Steve Smith.
Our Prediction: Virat Kohli to be the Man of the Match at 6/1 (6.00) odds.
India vs Australia Preview
The three-match series is crucial for both the teams as they look to challenge themselves against top opponents in the conditions the World Cup is to be played. Let’s take a look at both sides ahead of the first ODI on Friday.
India played two bilateral series in January against Sri Lanka and New Zealand. They swept the Lankan lions at home before beating the Kiwis by 3-0 as well. This is expected to be a tougher challenge for Rohit Sharma’s men.
A batting line-up of Rohit, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya looks formidable. One of Ishan Kishan or Suryakumar Yadav will have to miss out. The bowling attack has several options and it’s unclear how they’ll go about it.
Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan/Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar/Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
Australia last played ODI cricket in November when they hosted England immediately after the T20 World Cup. They defeated the world champions comprehensively in all three matches.
Steve Smith is set to lead the side in ODIs as well with Pat Cummins opting to stay home. They also don’t have Josh Hazlewood and Jhye Richardson due to injuries. It could prompt them to go heavy on batting as they have done previously.
Squad: David Warner, Travis Head, Steven Smith (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
How to Watch India vs Australia Series in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
For those in the UK, you can watch the India vs Australia ODI series on BT Sport 1 & 2. You can also access BT Sport on any device for live streaming.
- BT Sport 1 & 2 (TV)
- BT Sport (Streaming)