India are all set to take on the Aussies in a high-octane clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Both the teams will look to prove their authority in the 50-overs format.
The last time the teams met in a bilateral ODI series, Australia defeated India 3-2 in March last year.
An in-form David Warner and ‘run-machine’ Steve Smith will be tested by a formidable Indian pace bowling attack Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami.
With Marnus Labuschagne breaking into the ODI side for the first time, it will be interesting to see how he fares in the limited-overs. The South Africa-born star had an excellent run with the red ball, reaching a career high number three rank in the Test batting rankings.
Virat Kohli and his men will continue to carry on the fine run this season after they bounced back strongly against Windies and won the series 2-1 after being 0-1 down.
Plenty of dilemma of captain Kohli as both Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul returned to form in the T20s against Sri Lanka. The duo are expected to play in the first ODI which means Virat Kohli will have to bat lower down the order.
As usual Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will lead the batting as the duo have been in top form over the last few years.
For India, the lower middle-order needs to give the late push and a lot will rely on Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja to finish off the run-scoring well.
The series will also see a renewal in the rivalry between Steve Smith and Virat Kohli.
Australia’s bowling attack will be lead by IPL’s most expensive foreign player Pat Cummins and the lethal Mitchell Starc.
All the three matches in the series are expected to be played on flat tracks and the run-scoring is expected to be easy. We can expect to see 300-plus scores in all matches.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami.
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Patrick Cummins, Ashton Agar, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, David Warner, Adam Zampa.