Aaron Finch-led Australia will face Virat Kohli-led India in the first T20I of the three-match series in Brisbane on Wednesday. The home side is desperate to turn things around after series of poor performances in the white-ball cricket, where they suffered a humiliating 3-0 whitewash against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
But their road to recovery is not going to be an easy one as they now face high-flying India in the shortest format of the game. In the batting department, captain Finch and his opening partner D’Arcy Short will have the responsibility to provide a solid base so that the likes of Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, and Marcus Stoinis can capitalize on and provide a big finish. In the bowling department, it is expected that Australia will go in with four seamers, which means leg-spinner Adam Zampa is likely to miss out.
India, on the other hand, is coming into the series full of confidence, perhaps knowing that this is their best chance to win Down Under. In the batting department, the powerful top-three of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and captain Kohli will have the responsibility to score the bulk of the runs, especially considering the fact that the middle and lower middle-order look a little weak in the absence of the likes of MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya.
In the bowling department, it is expected that one out of Kuldeep Yadav or Yuzvendra Chahal will make it in the final eleven, which means there will be added pressure on the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to deliver upfront. The pitch is expected to offer bounce and carry, but will be good for batting for players who take time and try to settle in, whereas the weather is expected to stay fine throughout. It will be interesting how Australia fare in this game as they have not failed to their last five T20I games.