Date: September 22, Friday
Time: 1:30 pm IST
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
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After a successful campaign at the recently concluded Asia Cup 2023, India is set to host Australia for a three-match ODI series. The series will commence on September 22, Friday, with KL Rahul-led Men in Blue locking horns with Pat Cummins-led Australia at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali. While India is riding high on confidence, the Baggy Green recently faced a 2-3 loss against South Africa in a five-match ODI series.
The PCA stadium in Mohali, Punjab is regarded as one of the most batting-friendly pitches in the nation. However, the field has time and again provided assistance to pacers and spinners as the game gets going. Not only this but if we have a look at the past records of the venue, it can be said that the teams batting first have always had the upper hand. We can expect a high-scoring game between India and Australia on Friday.
The star players of the squad, including the likes of skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav have been rested for the first two games, but the quartet will be returning for the final match. However, names such as the spinning maestro Ravichandran Ashwin will be making his comeback in the ODI squad after more than a year.
Axar Patel, who got injured during the continental tournament has been ruled out of the first two games but is expected to return for the final ODI depending on his fitness. The squad will be led by the wicketkeeper-batter KL Rahul, who made his comeback in the Indian squad during the Asia Cup 2023 after sustaining an injury in the IPL 2023.
SportsTiger Playing XI of India
Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (c), (wk), Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
The Kangaroos recently faced a 2-3 defeat against South Africa in the five-match ODI series. Speaking of the squad, the visitors will see the return of Steve Smith, who was ruled out during their series against South Africa. Not only this, but players such as Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell will miss the opening ODI due to health issues. The squad also included Marnus Labuschagne as well as Adam Zampa, who can bowl three to four overs in death overs.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Australia
David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Sean Abbott, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
KL Rahul-led Men in Blue will defeat the visitors in the first of the three-game ODI series.
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