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IND vs AUS, 1st ODI match: Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: India vs Australia, 1st ODI (IND vs AUS)

Date: September 23, Friday, 1.30 PM IST

Venue: IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali

A three-match ODI series between India and Australia begins on September 22 in Mohali. Ahead of the ODI World Cup which is less than two weeks away, the series will help both teams prepare for the big tournament.

Earlier this year, Australia defeated 2-1 in an ODI series, but their recent performances have been underwhelming. They come into this series after losing an ODI series to South Africa. After winning the first two games of the series, they lost the remaining three to lose the series. India, on the other hand, will be high on confidence after winning the Asia Cup 2023. They have rested the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya for the first two matches of this series. Axar Patel is injured, and in his absence, the management has called up Ravichandran Ashwin and Washington Sundar to the squad.

Australia, meanwhile, are at full strength. The likes of Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc, who did not play the series against South Africa, will feature in the series against India. However, Maxwell and Mitchell Starc have been ruled out of the first ODI as they are yet to fully recover from their respective injuries. Playing on Indian pitches will aid Australia immensely in their preparation for the big event.

Ahead of the game between India and Australia, here is everything you need to know to win big on MPL fantasy cricket.

Weather update and pitch report for IND vs AUS, 1st ODI

The pitch at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali is batting friendly. A run-fest could be on the cards. The fast bowlers may get assistance in the initial overs, but the spinners are unlikely to enjoy bowling on this surface. Overall, a total of 26 ODI matches have been played at the IS Bindra stadium, of which 15 have been won by the teams batting first. The average first innings total on this ground is 265 runs.

The weather in Mohali will be mostly clear with no rain forecast. The temperature will be around 25 degrees Celsius.

India team news and predicted XI

Team news: India have rested Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli for the first two matches, but they will return for the third and final match. In absence of Rohit, KL Rahul will be at the helm of the team.

Squad: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Tilak Varma, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w/c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Prasidh Krishna, Washington Sundar

Predicted XI: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Tilak Varma, KL Rahul (C & Wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia team news and predicted XI

Team news: Australia will be led by Pat Cummins, who is making a return to the ODI side along with the likes of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. Maxwell and Starc will not be playing the first ODI. Skipper Cummins has confirmed ahead of the match that Australia will be playing four frontline bowlers in the first ODI, including Adam Zampa.

Squad: Pat Cummins (captain), Sean Abbott, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis (wicketkeeper), Spencer Johnson, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Matt Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Predicted XI: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Matthew Short, Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

Head-to-head record

In the 50-over format, the two sides have squared off in a total of 146 matches, with India winning on 54 occasions. Australia won 82 times. 10 matches ended without a result. Earlier this year, Australia defeated India 2-1 in an ODI series.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for IND vs AUS, 1st ODI

Shubman Gill – batsman, India

Shubman Gill is currently in the form of his life. He was the top run-scorer at the Asia Cup 2023 and is currently the world’s second-best ODI batsman on the ICC rankings, only behind Babar Azam. He scored two half centuries and a century at the Asia Cup, and will now look to extend the form into the series against Australia and more importantly, into the World Cup. Gill, in his brief ODI career of 33 matches, he has an incredible batting average of 64.40.

KL Rahul – wicketkeeper batsman, India

KL Rahul will be buoyed after scoring a century against Pakistan at the Asia Cup. He will be captaining India in the first two matches in absence of Rohit Sharma, who has been rested. The series will provide an excellent opportunity to the batsman to start his preparations for the World Cup.

Ravichandran Ashwin – bowler, India

Ashwin was excluded from India’s squad for the ODI World Cup. But if he manages to impress in this series in absence of an injured Axar Patel, he might as well get a chance to play the World Cup. Ashwin brings with him plenty of experience.

Steve Smith – batsman, Australia

Steve Smith has historically loved batting against India, and will be one of the key players for Australia in this series and the World Cup. He is returning to the squad after recovering from an injury that saw him miss the series against South Africa.

Marcus Stoinis – all-rounder, Australia

Marcus Stoinis can help you win points on MPL with both his batting and bowling. He has taken 44 wickets and scored 1371 runs in his 63-match ODI career. Stoinis also brings with him plenty of experience of playing on Indian pitches in the Indian Premier League.

MPL fantasy XI – IND vs AUS, 1st ODI

IND vs AUS – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The India vs Australia ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app. The match will begin at 1.30 PM IST on September 22.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.




Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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