India vs Australia 1st T20 Match Prediction

India vs Australia 1st T20 Match Prediction. WIndia and Australia go head-to-head again when they start their T20I series at the ACA-VCDA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam. The match is scheduled for February 24 and the live action begins at 19:00 local time.

IND vs AUS, 1st T20I: Where to watch/Live streaming

TV channels: Star Sports, Fox Sports, Super Sport, Sky Sports

Live streaming: Hotstar, Jio TV, Airtel TV, SkyGO

IND vs AUS Toss Prediction

All three matches in Australia saw India fielding first, twice by choice, and that tactic could be repeated with the hosts happy to chase.

India vs Australia 1st T20 Match Prediction
India vs Australia 1st T20 Match Prediction

Betting Tips

  • India and Australia meet again in T20 cricket, having drawn 1-1 in a three game series in Australia in November.
  • Since then, India have also lost a T20 series against New Zealand while Australian’s players have been in Big Bash League action.
  • In the rain-affected series in Australia, Krunal Pandya took 4-36 and Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 61 from 41 balls as India levelled the series with a six-wicket win in their most recent meeting.

Our Pick: India are favorites to win

Who will win India vs Australia, 1st T20I?

India and Australia go head-to-head again when they start their T20I series at the ACA-VCDA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam. The match is scheduled for February 24 and the live action begins at 19:00 local time.

IND vs AUS, 1st T20I: Where to watch/Live streaming

TV channels: Star Sports, Fox Sports, Super Sport, Sky Sports

Live streaming: Hotstar, Jio TV, Airtel TV, SkyGO

IND vs AUS Toss Prediction

All three matches in Australia saw India fielding first, twice by choice, and that tactic could be repeated with the hosts happy to chase.

India vs Australia 1st T20 Match Prediction
India vs Australia 1st T20 Match Prediction

India Team News & Playing 11

IND Team News

Captain Virat Kohli and opening bowler Jasprit Bumrah are both back in the Indian squad after being rested, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar will miss the start of the series as he is handed a break. KL Rahul is back in international contention after his recent ban for comments he made on TV, while Mayank Markande is in the squad as back-up spinner – Kuldeep Yadav is being rested. Vijay Shankar looks set to continue after impressing since coming into the team earlier this year. Hardik Pandya, meanwhile, has been ruled out of both the T20I and the ODI series due to back stiffness. While the hosts have not announced any replacement for the allrounder in their T20I squad, he will be replaced by Ravindra Jadeja for the ODIs.

IND Key Players

Captain Virat Kohli is back in the squad, having top-scored when these teams last met in Australia to tie the series. His unbeaten 61 was his 19th T20 international half-century from 60 innings – he averages 49.25 in T20 internationals with a strike rate of 136.11.

Rohit Sharma scored a half-century in the recent series with New Zealand, meanwhile – the only Indian batsman to do so – and has 340 runs in his last ten T20i innings. Fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan has scored 324 runs in his last ten T20i innings and both men were also in good form in their recent ODI matches.

With the ball, Krunal Pandya took 4-36 in their most recent game against Australia – moving to ten from his last nine matches in the format in total. That includes four from three matches against New Zealand too.

Jasprit Bumrah’s return could also be key – he has taken 48 wickets in 40 T20 internationals with an impressive economy rate of 6.77 runs per over. 

IND Team Form

Prior to the drawn series in Australia, India had won their last seven T20 series, but they have now have just two wins in their last five completed matches.

Against Australia, they fell five runs short of a rain-revised 17-over target in the first match of the series before a no result in the second match. In the third game, Krunal Pandya’s four-wicket haul and 61* from 41 balls for Virat Kohli ensured the series was tied.

Next up, India – who whitewashed West Indies in a three-game series the last time they were on home soil – travelled to New Zealand but their unbeaten series run came to an end. New Zealand posted 219/6 and bowled India out for 139 to win the first game, but India hit back to level the series when Krunal Pandya took 3-28 and Rohit Sharma (50 from 29 balls) and Rishabh Pant (40 from 28 balls) helped them chase a target of 159 in a seven-wicket win.In their most recent T20i, the series decider, India were set 213 to win and Vijay Shankar (43 from 28 balls) top-scored in the reply. Late hitting from Dinesh Karthik (33*) and Krunal Pandya (26*), who shared a 63-run partnership from 28 balls, was not quite enough, however, as India suffered a four-run defeat.

India Predicted Playing 11

  • Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav

Australia Team News & Playing 11

AUS Team News

Injured Mitchell Starc will miss the entire tour of India due to a pectoral muscle injury, meaning a recall for Kane Richardson – who topped the BBL’s wicket-taking charts as Melbourne Renegades claimed victory. Other BBL stars have also earned call-ups, including Perth Scorchers’ Ashton Turner and leading run-scorer D’Arcy Short, who will cover for Shaun Marsh – attending the birth of his child – at the start of the tour. 

Mitchell Marsh has not been included, Josh Hazlewood is recovering from a back stress fracture and there is also no space for either Peter Siddle or Billy Stanlake. From the T20 squad that faced India in Australia, Ashton Agar is also injured and Chris Lynn and Andrew Tye have also been overlooked.

AUS Key Players

Marcus Stoinis is in superb all-round form, starring in Melbourne Stars’ run to the Big Bash League final. His all-round contributions helped Australia win the first match of their most recent series with India, while he hit 533 runs in 13 BBL matches and took 14 wickets.

Australia have also included the top BBL run-scorer, D’Arcy Short, who hit six half-centuries for Hobart Hurricanes on his way to 637 runs from 15 innings, and top wicket-taker – Kane Richardson claiming 24 in 14 matches for champions Melbourne Renegades.

Glenn Maxwell, who showed good form in the last series between these two nations, also finished strongly with scores of 82 and 43* as the Stars reached the BBL final.

AUS Team Form

Australia have not played a T20 match since welcoming India in November – drawing that series 1-1 from three games. Victory in the first match of the series ended a run of four straight defeats in the format, having been whitewashed by Pakistan in the UAE and lost a one-off game to South Africa.

Their previous win was against the UAE and they have not won a bilateral T20i series of more than one match since beating Sri Lanka in 2016. 

Most recently, Adam Zampa’s 2-22 from four overs earned him the man of the match award as they beat India in the first game of their most recent series – the tourists finishing four runs shortof their slightly harsh revised target of 173 from 17 overs. Glenn Maxwell had earlier top-scored with 46 from 24 balls, while Marcus Stoinis scored 33* from 19 balls and took 2-27.

The second match was rained off with Australia 132/7 from 19 overs while the final game saw the hosts post 164/6 from their 20 overs but fall to a six-wicket defeat.

Prior to those matches, Australia also lost to South Africa in a rain-reduced ten-over match. Glenn Maxwell hit 38 from 23 balls but nobody else scored more than 14 as Australia scored 87/7 – well short of South Africa’s 108/6.

Australia Predicted Playing 11

  • Aaron Finch, D’Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins

Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)

IND : L W L W NR

AUS : L NR W L L

IND vs AUS Head to Head

There have been 18 previous T20 internationals between India and Australia, and India have won 11 of them. Australia’s win in the last series was their sixth, while the rained-off second game was the first time there had been a no result.

In that series in Australia, Adam Zampa’s economical bowling earned him the man-of-the-match award in the first match as the hosts won by four runs on the D/L method – Marcus Stoinis also taking two wickets after some big hitting with the bat too. The second game was rained off, but India tied the series in the third match – Krunal Pandya took 4-36 and Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 61 from 41 balls as the two teams shared the series 1-1. 

They also drew 1-1 the last time they met on Indian soil too.

India vs Australia Betting Odds

On home soil, India have been named as big favourites at 1.50 to win with both Bet365 and Betway. Australia, by contrast, are as high as 2.62 with Bet365.

Virat Kohli’s batting form could be key for India – the top scorer in the last match between the two, he is 3.50 to be India’s top batsman. Openers Rohit Sharma (3.75) and Shikhar Dhawan (4.50) could also be worth backing given their current form.Australia will hope Marcus Stoinis can continue his recent all-round form, meanwhile. He is 9.00 to be their top batsman owing to his position further down the batting order. Openers Aaron Finch and in-form D’Arcy Short are both 3.75 with Bet365.

The opening partnerships could be key. Finch/Short and Sharma/Dhawan are both capable of big runs. India are 1.80 to post the highest opening partnership, while Australia are 2.00.

India vs Australia Prediction

India’s good T20 form has slipped in their last two away series but they can bounce back on home soil against an inconsistent Australia team. 


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