After starting the new year on a dominant note, India is all set for the one-day series at home against Australia starting Tuesday. The short series of three ODIs will be crucial for both teams as they will look to start building the teams for the next 50 over World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in 2023 in India. India, in recent years, has been the toughest opponent to conquer on home soil and the team will look to extend their dominance against their modern rivals.
Australia also will be very confident ahead of the series as the team enjoys a pretty good record in ODIs in India. Australia so far has won 29 games in India and lost 27, which means that the team has won more than they have lost in India.
In the last series against the hosts, Australia came from behind after being 0-2 down to bag the series 3-2. The result will play on India’s mind as well and they will look to get back on the Aaron Finch-led side.
Australia and India both teams have named a formidable squad for the series. While Australia would be delighted with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner in the squad, India too would be relieved with the return of Jasprit Bumrah. However, India will miss the services of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar who have been side-lined due to injury.
Marnus Labuschagne who has been unstoppable in the red ball cricket is also making his way in the 50 over format. It will be interesting to see weather he will be able to replicate his Test match performances in the shorter format.
Date: January 14, 2020, Tuesday
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Time: 01:30 PM IST
Head to Head
The Wankhede stadium in past has proved to be a batting paradise. The small boundaries have also added advantage to the batsman and it looks the tradition will follow in this game as well. It might provide a bit of assistance to the spinners. Defending a score will be really tough on this pitch and so the captain winning the toss would prefer to chase.
The weather is going to be slightly overcast but the rain will not interrupt the match as no rain has been forecasted on the match day. The temperature will be in the range of 21-27°C throughout the day.