India vs Australia live score 1st ODI: Australia win the toss and opt to bat first against India in the first ODI at Sydney Cricket Ground. India have decided to open with Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal, Hardik Pandya will bat at No.6 which means the keeper-batsman Rahul will come in at No.5. Australia are playing Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell in the middle order. Perhaps the most evenly-matched rivalry in cricket now is between India and Australia, yes England too will have a say in it but their ODI form is perhaps better than both these two teams. Power-packed openers, strong middle-order, crafty wrist spinners and tearaway quicks – who are good both with the new ball and also at the death – makes an Ind vs Aus ODI such a mouth-watering contest. Add to that the fact this is India’s first ODI in 10 months and their first international fixture in close to 9 months.
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Bumrah to Warner: FOUR
Nicely played off the backfoot and more importantly it pierces the in-field on the off-side, this will be first boundary for David Warner and also of today’s IND vs AUS first ODI. Bumrah just guilty of giving a bit of width to Warner. Australia 7/0 after 2 overs.
Great start by Shami
Perfect length and line from Mohammed Shami barring the last delivery which just strayed down the leg side but thankfully, Finch didn’t put bat to ball. At the end of the first over, Australia are 1/0
Warner and Finch open, Shami has the new ball
Mohammed Shami has the new ball for India and he will be up against Aaron Finch and David Warner. Here we go!
Players line up for the anthem
The India and Australia players have lined up for their respective national anthems, we’ll start with India’s anthem first.
Experts make their pick
Former Australia fast bowler Glen McGrath says Australia are the favourites to win this ODI. Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar did not prefer to pick the favourite but did mention that Australia have the edge because of their strong middle order.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami the key now for India
India’s new-ball bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will look to strike early with the new ball. In Australia it always has a chance of seaming a bit with the new ball and both Bumrah and Shami would like to exploit that. However, Australia opener David Warner and Aaron Finch have a good record against India.
Aaron Finch speaks at the toss
Australia captain Aaron Finch: Great to have cricket back, in front of some fans as well. Reasonably good pitch, hopefully we can put up a good total and it’ll spin later on.
Virat Kohli speaks at the toss
India captain Virat Kohli: I think it’s very important to start well for us as a team. When you come to a place like Australia, you want to set the momentum early. We were given a few allowances to be able to train and the boys took it really well. We got a bit of lead time, which I think is priceless in today’s international schedule.
India XI for 1st ODI against Australia
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini
Australia Playing XI for 1st ODI against India
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
India – Team news
Mayank Agarwal to open the batting with Shikhar Dhawan. No place for Manish Pandey, so Hardik Pandya will bat at No.6 with Jadeja being the all-rounder at No.7.
India vs Australia 1st ODI – TOSS
Australia captain Aaron Finch wins the toss and opts to bat first against India at Sydney.
India vs Australia – pitch report
The pitch looks good, there is a bit of a grass but it hasn’t got the sheen which indicates that it might not be a quick one, the ball might stop a bit too after it gets old: Mark Waugh and Brendon Julian with the pitch report at the SCG.
What about Hardik Pandya?
Hardik Pandya was a certainty in India’s limited overs sides, one would like to believe he still is but with him not bowling of late, it has become a concern for India. Pandya at No.6 or 7 can do a lot of damage with his big-hitting abilities, which he has time and again shown in the IPL and also at the international stage but can he do build an innings if India are 70 for 4 in Australian innings? This is what India have to figure out. There is a Manish Pandey waiting in the wings who is a proven performer at No.5 and 6.
Chahal and Jadeja to be India’s spinners
Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja are all set to be India’s sinners to the start off the ODI series. Kuldeep Yadav has lost a bit of his sheen and Chahal has improved leaps and bounces. So India would like to go with a ginger spinner in Jadeja instead of Kuldeep and besides, playing Jadeja also gives them an extra batsman at No.7, not to his ability as a fielder.
India vs Australia 1st ODI live – Sydney insights
Highest Team Total: 408/5 By South Africa Against West Indies In 2015.
Lowest Team Total: 63/10 By India Against Australia in 1981.
Highest Individual Score: 164 By Steven Smith (Australia) Against New Zealand in
Best Bowling Figures: 5/15 By Greg Chappell (Australia) Against India in 1981.
Highest Partnership: 237 By Sanath Jayasuriya And Marvan Atapattu (Sri Lanka) for 1st Wicket Against Australia in 2003.
Win Rate Batting First: 70% (7 Won; 3 Lost)
IND vs AUS live score 1st ODI – India to wear retro jersey
Those who are fans of the 90s, will love this – India will wear their 1992 World Cup kit as part of their retro uniform in this three-match ODI series. The photos of the dark blue jersey with coloured stripes on the shoulders have been doing the rounds in social media for the last couple of days.
T Natarajan might make his debut
With Navdeep Saini suffering with back spasms, it could well be a toss-up between Shardul Thakur and young T Natarajan. The man from Tamil Nadu could get the nod and make his ODI debut today because of the left-arm angle and his ability to bowl accurate yorkers at the death.
Shikhar Dhawan to get new opening partner
Mayank Agarwal, who has been selected for the first time in all three formats for India, is set to partner Shikhar Dhawan in the first ODI. There is no Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in all probability will bat in the middle-order.
Steve Smith is back for Australia
We shouldn’t confuse ODIs with Tests. Steve Smith and David Warner have both featured on more than one occasion against India in ODIs. Steve Smith, however is set to return to the Australian ODI set up after missing their last series against England. Australia head coach Justin Langer did confirm that Smith will return to the XI without a doubt but in place of whom? That the Australian coach said is the big headache.
Where will KL Rahul bat?
KL Rahul has fast-emerged as India’s second-best aftr Virat Kohli, especially after Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the limited-overs fixtures in Australia. After the stylish right-hander took the keeping responsibilities and also fair amount of success batting in the middle order, it has given the Indian team management to play and extra batsman, that could well between someone between Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill. In the media interaction leading to the first ODI, Rahul had indicated that his batting position will be format-spacific, which means he is set to bat at No.4 or 5 in the ODI series.
Last three IND vs AUS ODI series
Australia might have an overall edge over India in the ODIs but the Virat Kohli-led side has been calling the shots in the latest encounters. In the last three series between these two teams, India have emerged victories twice. In 2019-20 India beat Australia 2-1 at home. In 2018-19 Australia beat India 3-2 (away) and the last time India toured here, they had beaten them 2-1 in the early part of 2018-19.
India vs Australia head-to-head record
India and Australia have played 140 ODIs against each other. Australia hold the upper hand with 78 wins while India have beaten them on 52 occasions. 10 matches have ended as no results.
Australia ODI squad
Australia ODI squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (wicket-keeper), Pat Cummins (vice-captain), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Andrew Tye, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wicket-keeper), David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Update in India ODI squad
There has been a late update in the India ODI squad after right-arm seamer Navdeep Saini complained of back spasms. IPL sensation Natarajan, who was just selected for the T20Is, has now been added to India’s ODI squad.
India’s ODI squad: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (WK), Sanju Samson (WK), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan.
India vs Australia 1st ODI live
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the first ODI between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground today. You can play thousands of franchise leagues, get a gallon of stars but there is different feel to an international fixture and that too an India-Australia one. So sit back and enjoy as we can expect a cracker of a contest.