India will begin their tour of Australia with a three-match T20 international series. Australia vs India 1st T20 Match Prediction With Betting Tips. The opening game of the series is scheduled to be played on November 21 at The Gabba in Brisbane. Live telecast of the first T20I will start at 5:50 PM local time.
- India are coming into this series with a 3-0 whitewash over the West Indies while Australia are coming on the back of four consecutive defeats.
- India have beaten Australia 10 times out of 15 in T20 internationals, including seven times in their last eight completed meetings.
- Australia have not played much T20 cricket at the Gabba; they have played only three T20Is here and have won two of those.
***Our Pick: India is our Winner***
The first match of the much awaited India’s tour of Australia 2018-19 is about to get underway. We have the T20 series first up on the menu and like all formats, this promises to be an intriguing contest. Here are some things to consider ahead of the first T20. India is the second-ranked team in T20 internationals while Australia is the third.
India won its last two T20 series overseas in South Africa and England. It has also won 7 out of the last 8 T20 matches against Australia. The last time India played a T20 series in Australia, the result was 3-0 in favor of the visitors.
Australia has recently lost a one-off T20 against South Africa and while its longer format teams might be in disarray, the T20 side is pretty well set. There is plenty of power to call upon and some very talented bowlers to rely upon.
Australia may not be the force it once was but it is still one of the best sides in the world playing with home advantage.
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The Gabba has hosted only three T20 internationals so far out of which two have been won by the side batting first. However, since the wicket at this ground generally remains true throughout the course of a game, the team that wins the toss here is more likely to bowl first.
Australia Team News & Playing 11
AUS Team News
Aaron Finch will be in charge of the 13-man squad that Australia have named for this T20I series against India. The selectors have called up all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and fast bowler Jason Behrendorff while test regulars Mitchell Marsh, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc have all been rested to keep them fresh for the test series.
AUS Key Players
Aaron Finch, the world No. 2 T20I batsman, is a key component in this Australian batting group. The skipper’s form in this format has taken a dip in the past few matches and the team will be hoping that he gets back into the groove in the series opener. Chris Lynn, D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell are the others who can be a massive headache for the opposition’s bowlers on their day. Marcus Stoinis has been doing a good job with the ball lately and he along with Andrew Tye and Nathan Coulter-Nile will be the biggest threats in this Australian bowling attack. Tye has taken the most T20I wickets from the current squad and he won’t be easy to score off, especially toward the back-end of the innings. Coulter-Nile has the ability to generate good bounce off the pitch and that could make the Indian batsmen a bit uncomfortable.
AUS Recent Form
Australia have played 16 T20 internationals this year out of which they have won 9 and lost 7. The Aussies have lost five of their previous six matches in this format, including the last four straight. Their most recent T20I encounter came last week against South Africa at Carrara which they lost by 21 runs. Prior to that, Australia suffered a 0-3 thrashing at the hands of Pakistan in the UAE.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
- Aaron Finch (c), Chris Lynn, D’Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (wk), Andrew Tye, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff/Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake
India Team News & Playing 11
IND Team News
Former India captain MS Dhoni has been left out of the 13-man squad for the T20 international series against Australia. Another notable omission is that of all-rounder Hardik Pandya who is currently recovering from a back injury. Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant are the two specialist wicketkeepers in the side.
IND Key Players
Rohit Sharma is currently in superb T20 form. The opener has scored 560 runs this year in this format which includes two centuries and three fifties. Apart from him, Shikhar Dhawan who is coming off a fantastic T20I series against the West Indies along with skipper Virat Kohli who can destroy any bowling attack in the world are the other two key figures for India with the bat. When it comes to bowling, the visitors will turn to their go-to men in Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. With Bhuvneshwar not looking in the best of forms at the moment, it will be up to Bumrah to dent Australia’s innings with a few early blows. Kuldeep and Chahal will come into play soon after the powerplay and both the wrist-spinners will look to exploit Australia’s weakness against spin bowling.
AUS vs IND Head to Head
Australia and India have played 15 T20 internationals against each other out of which 5 have been won by the former and 10 by the latter.
India have won seven out of the last eight completed T20Is played between the two countries since 2013.
However, Australia emerged victorious by eight wickets the last time they faced India in a T20I – in October 2017 at Guwahati. Electing to field first, the Aussies bowled the hosts out for just 118 before making short work of their target as they cantered home with four-and-a-half overs to spare.
Matches Played: 15; Australia Won: 5; India Won: 10
IND Recent Form
India have shown remarkable form in the twenty-over format of late, winning 13 out of the 16 T20 internationals they have played this year. They have faced defeat just once in their last eleven matches and that solitary loss had come in July against England at Cardiff. India’s most recent T20I assignment came against the West Indies at home earlier this month. It was a three-match series which they ended up winning 3-0.
India Predicted Playing 11
- Rohit Sharma, Shikar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
AUS : L L L L W
IND : W W W W L
India vs Australia Betting Odds
Bookmakers have the Virat Kohli-led side as favorites for this opening game of India’s tour of Australia. The tourists are being offered at odds of 1.89 on Betfair and 1.80 on both Betway and Bet365. Australia, despite playing at home, find themselves as the underdogs for this first T20 international and they are currently priced a little higher at 2.10 on Betfair and 2 on both Betway and Bet365.
Australia vs India Prediction
Australia may have the home advantage on their side but they will have to be on top of their game if they are to beat this in-form Indian unit. The hosts, at the moment, are struggling to win games in T20 cricket while the visitors are looking unstoppable in this format. The Aussies are without some of their big names – while Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh have been rested, David Warner and Steven Smith are serving suspension – and this has resulted in plenty of inexperience in the side. Plus, the Australian batsmen tend to be vulnerable against quality spin attacks and we expect them to be troubled by the likes of Kuldeep and Chahal. Australia will be desperate to improve their T20I record against India, but going by the current form, we predict the latter to draw first blood in the series.
Final Verdict: Back India to beat Australia in the first T20I at 1.89 on Betfair and 1.80 on both Betway and Bet365.