India vs Australia, 1st T20I: Rotobash Fantasy Cricket Tips

India vs Australia, 1st T20I: Rotobash Fantasy Cricket Tips

Who will win the series opener?

Umesh Yadav
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After a long overseas tour of Australia and New Zealand, India will be playing at their own backyard against the mighty Australians. This will be the last white ball series before the world cup, so the squad which you will watch this series will be the same quite similar as the 15 member world cup squad.  This series will start from February 24 and comprises of two T20Is and five ODIs, starting from Vizag.

The last two T20I series against Australian have been levelled up, In 2017-18 tour Australia played 3 T20Is on Indian soil, both of them won one each and last was rain affected and same was the case with a 2018-19 tour to Australia. So India will be looking for a clean sweep as they have a much better side when compared to Australia.

Ahead of this series, the Indian team have dealt with a major blow with All-rounder Hardik Pandya being ruled out of the series due to the lower back issue. Chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been given much-needed rest and filling his boots will be young spinner Mayank Markande. Start players Virat Kohli and JaspritBhumrah are back in action after a long rest, along with them KL Rahul also been named in the 15 men T20I squad.

On the Other hand, Australian are coming off a good big bash season, some of their players had an amazing BBL08. D’Arcy Short was the leading run scorer in this BBL season, due to this performance he has been called back in the squad. Along with him Marcus Stoinis (most valuable player), Glenn Maxwell and Kane Richardson (leading wicket-taker) have been in good nick this season.

Australia have quite a good team in the T20 format, so It would be interesting to see the combination that Australia chooses to field in the first T20I.

Match Details:

India vs Australia, 1st T20I

Date: 24 February, 2019

Time: 07:00 PM IST

Venue: Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam

Pitch Report:

Only one T20I match has been played in this ground which was against Srilanka, where they were bowled out for mere 82 runs, so it is difficult to assess the conditions. With World cup in the offing, it is expected to be a batting friendly wicket.

Team News:

Virat Kohli and JaspritBhumrah are back in the squad

Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the series

Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the series and Jhye Richardson has been named as a replacement.

Kuldeep and Bhuvneshwar have been rested and MayakMarkande and Umesh Yadav have been named in the 15 member T20I squad.

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Probable XI:


Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Krunal Pandya, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Siddarth Kaul/Umesh Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal.


Aaron Finch, D’Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb/Shaun Marsh/Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, and Nathon Lyon/ Kane Richardson.

Safe Captains and Vice- Captains:

  • Rohit Sharma
  • Virat Kohli
  • Marcus Stoinis
  • Glenn Maxwell

Top Performers:

India: Virat Kohli

Australia: Marcus Stoinis

Rotobash XI:

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