India vs Australia 1st T20 : Preview, Probable XI, Prediction

September 20, 2022 | LetzCricket Team

India and Australia are all set to face each other in the first T20 of the 3 match series on Tuesday. Both the teams will be looking to get some stability to their formations ahead of the mega event ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

India are coming back from a forgettable outing at recently concluded Asia cup while Australia won the last T20 series against Srilanka 2-1. India on the one hand will be looking to get into winning momentum after their poor performance recently. Australia on the other hand, will look to set the formations and combinations at the correct places.

Recent Results

(Last 5 Matches, most recent first)

India : WLLWW

Australia : LWWWL

Match Preview

India will be happy to see the return of ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah along with Harshal Patel. The seam attack will be boosted with the return of these bowlers. As far as the batting department is concerned, Virat Kohli hit some form in the later stage of Asia cup. Hardik Pandya's consistent performances with both bat and ball is a big asset to this team. The major question however will be whether India like to go with Dinesh Karthik or Rishabh Pant. Karthik has been so impressive with his finishing role post IPL while Pant will bring in that extra aggressiveness in the middle order for Indian team.

Australia will not have the services of Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and David Warner for this series. Warner has been rested while Marsh, Stoinis and Starc aren't the part of the squad due to injuries. It will be very interesting to see how Tim David will be utilized by Australian team. Skipper Aaron Finch's form with the bat will be another important aspect for this team. Meanwhile, role of Steve Smith and his issues with strike rate has to be sorted out soon if Australia are to go into the upcoming T20I worldcup with some momentum.

Match Details

India vs Australia

Venue : Punjab Cricket Association, Mohali

Date : 20th September, 2022

Match Time : 7 PM (IST)

Match Prediction

Both the teams look strong in paper and a competitive match is expected when India and Australia take on each other in the first T20I at Mohali. India might have had a poor outing in the recent Asia Cup. However, defeating India in their home ground won't be an easy task for the visiting side. One would probably go with India as the favorites to win this match.

Probable Fantasy Picks

India : Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya

Australia : Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, Daniel Sams

Special Mentions : Suryakumar Yadav, Steve Smith

India Probable XI

KL Rahul
Rohit Sharma (C)
Virat Kohli
Suryakumar Yadav
Hardik Pandya
Dinesh Karthik
Axar Patel
Harshal Patel
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Jasprit Bumrah
Yuzvendra Chahal

Australia Probable XI

Aaron Finch (C)
Josh Inglis
Steven Smith
Glenn Maxwell
Matthew Wade
Tim David
Cameron Green
Pat Cummins
Daniel Sams
Josh Hazlewood
Adam Zampa

Indian Squad

Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah

Australian Squad

Aaron Finch (Captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa