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Here’s our India vs Australia prediction for the first ODI of a three-match series in the lead up to the World Cup. The match is scheduled to be played at PCA Stadium in Mohali on Friday, September 22. The home side India are slight favourites to win the match at 3/4 (1.75) whereas Australia have 19/20 (1.95) odds.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- India vs Australia, 1st ODI
- September 22, 2023 – 8 AM GMT
- Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
Pitch report and weather conditions
The PCA Stadium in Mohali is one of the best venues in the country for batting in white-ball cricket. The average first innings score at the venue reads 265 after 26 ODIs and it shoots up to 315 for the last six games.
As per the forecast, Mohali could witness a couple of showers on Friday morning. However, the weather is expected to be mostly clear and humid during the match hours.
India vs Australia prediction
India have rested quite a few of their players for the first two games, making their line-up vulnerable. Australia had beaten a stronger Indian side by 2-1 in India earlier this year. The Aussies do seem to have better resources for this game.
Our prediction: Australia to win this match at 19/20 (1.95).
Shubman Gill has scored 1052 runs in ODIs this year at an average of 70, with four hundreds and four fifties. Back Gill to be India’s top batter at 5/2 (3.50). Mitchell Marsh has made 347 runs in the last 10 innings and is coming off a 56-ball 71 in the last innings. Bet on him to be Australia’s top batter at 7/2 (4.50).
Our prediction: Shubman Gill to be Australia’s top run-scorer at 5/2 (3.50).
Adam Zampa has taken 20 wickets in the last nine games at a 21.75 strike rate. Bet on Zampa to be Australia’s best bowler at 3/1 (4.00). Mohammed Siraj has been magnificent in ODIs and is coming off 6/21 in the Asia Cup final. Bet on him to be India’s top bowler at 2/1 (3.00).
Our prediction: Adam Zampa to be Australia’s top wicket-taker at 3/1 (4.00).
Man of the Match
The last time Mitch Marsh faced India, he hammered 81, 66* and 47 in three games. He had a poor series against South Africa but capped it off with 71 off 56 deliveries. You can bet on him to be the player of the match at 12/1 (13.00).
Our prediction: Mitchell Marsh to be the Man of the Match at 12/1 (13.00) odds.
India vs Australia preview
The series is likely to revolve around giving players some game time ahead of the World Cup. Here’s a short preview of the two teams before they clash on Friday.
The men in blue are coming on the back of a title-winning campaign in the Asia Cup. They defeated Sri Lanka by 10 wickets after Mohammed Siraj ran through the opponent to bowl them out for 50.
India have rested Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli and Kuldeep Yadav for the first two games. R Ashwin is back in the side and should feature in the eleven.
Squad: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Tilak Varma, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (c/wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Australia toured South Africa before this series, where they lost by 2-3 after winning the first two games. They were defeated by big margins, although they were missing several first-choice players.
Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc return for this series, having recovered from injuries. Cummins could sit out of this game for extra precaution.
Squad: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh (c), Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
How to watch India vs Australia ODIs in the UK: live streaming & channel list
For those living in the UK, you can watch the first ODI between India and Australia on TNT Sports.
- TNT Sports (TV)
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