India will be will face Australia in the first T20I on this Friday. Both teams will try to win this game to take the lead in this three-match series. There should be some hard-fought cricket played in this opening fixture of the shorter version of the game.
Australia won ODI series against India by 2-1. Now Australia will face India at Canberra for First T20I match. Aussie opener David Warner will miss this T20I series due to injury. Skipper Aaron Finch will open for Australia along with batsman D Arcy Short or all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. Former captain Steven Smith will play at the one-down position.
Batsman Marnus Labuschagne, allrounder Moises Henriques and spin-bowling allrounder Glenn Maxwell will play in the middle order. Labuschagne and Maxwell played well in the ODI series. Allrounder Cameron Green had a decent debut in the last ODI game. Wicket-keeper Alex Carey will don the gloves for Kangaroos. Australia team have a good number of pace bowling options in their squad. Speedsters Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Andrew Tye are the pace bowling options in the squad while Leggie Adam Zampa is only specialist spinner in the team. The Aussie team would want to win this match to take lead in this home series.
Virat Kohli-led Indian team would want to win T20I series after the loss in ODI series against Australia. Left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan and wicket-keeper KL Rahul will open for India. Virat Kohli who is regarded as one finest batsman of this generation will play at the one-down position. He scored two remarkable knocks in recent ODI series.
Batsman Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, allrounder Hardik Pandya will play in the middle order. Pandya played very well in the ODI series. Wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson is another for the middle-order batsman. Allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, Leggie Yuzvendra Chahal and Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav are spin bowling options. Also, India team have Japrit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar and T Natarajan in their pace line-up.T Natarajan bagged two wickets in his ODI debut. He can get chances in T20I series too. India will try their best to win this match to take lead in this series.
These two teams played each other 19 times where India won 11 games while Australia won the remaining 8 games.
India are more likely to win this match as but it will be a very close match as both teams are strong.
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Date and Time:
Friday, December 04, 2020, 1.40 IST
Manuka Oval, Canberra
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