India vs Australia – 1st T20I match preview: Team India is all set to face the Aussies in a three-match T20I series starting on Tuesday, September 20, from 7:30 PM onwards at Mohali.
It's a preparation for both teams before the mega event in Australia. However, both teams have already announced their respective squads for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022.
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Match: India vs Australia – 1st T20I
Venue: IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.
Date & Time: September 20, 2022 at 7:00 PM (IST)
Where to Watch Live: Star Sports Network and JIO TV.
The venue will host a T20I after a three-year gap, after India defeated South Africa by 7 wickets here last time around, in September 2019.
The average score at this venue during the five T20Is from the period 2009-2019, is 176 runs. Overall, across the 86 T20 matches, the average score is still a healthy 163.6 runs, thus making it a decent enough venue as far as the batters are concerned.
Matches Played: 23
Won by India: 13
Won by Australia: 09
No Result: 01
India will start their T20 World Cup preparation at home with three T20Is against Australia and then three against South Africa. Rohit Sharma will lead the side as India will be looking to keep changes in the playing xi to test each and every player before the mega event.
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami will miss out the entire series after he tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday. However, Umesh Yadav has been called up as a replacement for Shami. Rohit and his men will be looking to improve their performance in these upcoming T20 series to be ready for the mission Australia.
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For the visitors, it's their pre-preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be played at their home. The Aussies will defend their title this year. The news from the side is pacer Mitchell Starc, all-rounder Stoinis, and Marsh will miss the entire series with different injuries that they sustained in the last series.
Aaron Finch will lead the side while Steve Smith will act as his deputy in this three-match T20I series. Finch, who has already announced his retirement from ODIs will lead the side in the upcoming T20 World Cup, and maybe for the last time.
You must change your team if these players aren't announced in the starting lineup.