India vs Australia 2019, 1st T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

India vs Australia 2019, 1st T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Mayank Markande might make his debut given the chief selector termed him as the backup spinner.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The first of the two-match T20I series between India and Australia will begin on Sunday in Vizag. Last time these two teams had met in the shortest format, the series ended in a 1-1 stalemate down under. With Virat Kohli returning to the side after a decent rest, no wonder the hosts are looking strong. Playing in home conditions also gives them the edge over Australia who often struggle in sub-continent.

Having said that, the T20 format evens out everything as conditions don’t change much over the course of 40 overs. The Men in Yellow possess some of the fierce hitters in the game in Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis and the duo will play a crucial role in this series. For India, the spinners will be key. With Kuldeep Yadav rested, the onus will be on Krunal Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal with Mayank Markande also in the wings.

Match Details:

The first game of the 2-match T20I series between India and Australia will be hosted by the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.

The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (IST) (1:30 PM GMT).

The game will be live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD in India. (Live streaming in Hotstar)

Last five completed T20I matches:

India: L, W, L, W, L.

Australia: L, W, L, L, L.

Pitch Condition/Report:

Average 1st innings score: 173 (Last five completed Twenty20 matches)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3

Probable Playing XI:


Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul/Vijay Shankar, Virat Kohli(C), Rishabh Pant/Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Krunal Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mayank Markande.

Bench –Siddarth Kaul.


D Arcy Short, Aaron Finch(C), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff.

Bench: Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Peter Handscomb, Nathan Lyon

Team News:

Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the tour.

Power Picks:

Virat Kohli:

488 runs against Australia from 13 innings at an average of 61 with 5 fifties.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Virat Kohli, Marcus Stoinis, Rohit Sharma– Captain Options

D’Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell, Shikhar Dhawan – Vice-captain Options

Alternatives – Yuzvendra Chahal, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Alex Carey

Batsmen – D’Arcy Short, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C)

All-Rounders – Marcus Stoinis (VC), Glenn Maxwell, Krunal Pandya

Bowlers – Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Jasprit Bumrah.

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/Mega Leagues

Keeper – MS Dhoni

Batsmen – D’Arcy Short, Aaron Finch, Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant

All-Rounders – Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell (VC)

Bowlers – Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.


Expert Advice:

Among Batsmen:

Best – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, D’Arcy Short

Safe –Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch

Probable Winners:

Team India is expected to draw first blood in the two-match series.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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