Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Australia vs India: First ODI Preview

Australia vs India: First ODI Preview

Australia vs India: First ODI Preview

Australia begin the process of hosting a bumper bilateral series against India in the middle of a pandemic, kicking off with an ODI at the SCG.

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India and Australia have been in quarantine in Sydney since the squads assembled from the various parts of the world they had been in whether it was India, Australia or the UAE.

Australia vs India |  Friday 27 November 2020 | Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney | 05:40

To Win Match
Australia 62/100
Tie 25/1
India 27/20

Australia will be eager to put the dangerous India side on the back foot early on their tour Downunder to keep them from building momentum.

The hosts clearly have the next few years in mind with a squad that has a couple of fresh faces as well as a few surprise returnees, but we are unlikely to see an experiment XI first up.

Australia's challenge will be fronted by an in-form David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch whose touch will be the subject of conjecture ahead of this tour. A defeat in the opening match will put Finch under immense pressure given the expectations fans have for the team.

The hosts should send out Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood to spearhead the attack though there is back up in the form of Andrew Tye and Sean Abbott.

This series will be a real test of where this Australian side is, most importantly it will inform whether they are continuing to progress or are once-again moving backwards.

India appear to have the edge in terms of batting depth even without Rohit Sharma in the group. The Mumbai Indians skipper is trying to get over a hamstring niggle sustained in the IPL.

Mayank Agarwal looks set to take over the opening duties together with Shikhar Dhawan who seemed to be in great form at the end of the IPL. With skipper Virat Kohli and a crew of brilliant young batsmen backing them up, India should have all the batting they need.

Allrounder Hardik Pandya should make his long-awaited return to the India XI. India look set to play one seam-bowling allrounder and use a second that gives them a spinning option, with Ravindra Jadeja the man likely to start this series off in the team.

Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah will spearhead India's attack most likely alongside Navdeep Saini.

The comparison between India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and Australia's Adam Zampa is an interesting one, and the way these two tweakers play could go a long way to determining who comes out on top.

Verdict: Australia 62/100
In a situation like this, the home side should hold a considerable edge but don't write off India.

Written by James Richardson.

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