India face Australia in the first T20 international on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali from 7:00 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).

The Indian cricket team had a disappointing Asia Cup 2022 campaign as the team was knocked out in the Super 4 stage of the competition after defeats to Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, the Men in Blue bounced back to beat Afghanistan in their last game of the tournament as Virat Kohli registered his first century in international cricket after three years.

Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, who missed the Asia Cup due to injuries, return to the Indian squad for the Australia series. Mohammed Shami was tested positive was COVID-19 and is replaced by Umesh Yadav.

Australia will also be without the services of Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis who are rested to enable their full recovery before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia next month. 

In their last T20I series, the Australian side beat Sri Lanka 2-1 in the island nation. The defending T20 World Champions won the first match by 10 wickets and the second by three wickets before the hosts came back to win the final match and avoid a cleansweep.

India vs Australia 1st T20I odds

Parimatch odds: India: 1.57, Australia: 2.36

10CRIC odds: India: 1.57, Australia: 2.37

Betway odds: India: 1.61, Australia: 2.30

Betwinner odds: India: 1.62, Australia: 2.29

1xBet odds: India: 1.63, Australia: 2.32

Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.

India vs Australia head-to-head in T20Is

India have gone up against rivals Australia on 23 occasions in T20Is since 2007. The Men in Blue have won 13 matches, while the Aussies have nine wins. One match ended without a result.

The Australian cricket team have been extremely competitive in India in this format, beating India in three of the seven matches despite playing away from home.

India sealed a 2-1 series victory against Australia in 2020 after wins in Canberra and Sydney. The Aussies avoided a cleansweep beating the Indian side in the final match of the series.

India vs Australia squads

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Umesh Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav.

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis (wicketkeeper), Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Adam Zampa.

India vs Australia 1st T20I probable playing XI

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Josh Inglis (wicketkeeper), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Tim David, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Daniel Sams, Adam Zampa.

India vs Australia 1st T20I combined fantasy XI

Rohit Sharma, Glenn Maxwell, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav (captain), Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Tim David, Ravichandran Ashwin, Josh Hazlewood, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.

India top picks and players to watch out for 1st T20I vs Australia

Virat Kohli: India’s biggest positive from the Asia Cup 2022 was the return to form of their no.18. Kohli smashed 276 runs at an average of 92.00 while striking at 147.59. The former Indian captain registered his 71st international century across formats in the previous match. Kohli was at the fore when India beat Australia in the Super 10 of the 2016 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup at Mohali, scoring 82 runs off 51 balls in the run chase.  

Jasprit Bumrah: The Indian pacer makes his return to the Indian team after recovering from the injury that kept him out of the Asia Cup 2022. Bumrah is India’s leading wicket-taker against Australia in this format, scalping 15 in 11 innings. Bumrah will be key for India with the new ball and his skills will be needed in the death overs to restrict the Aussies.

Australia top picks and players to watch out for 1st T20I vs India

Josh Hazlewood: The Australian pacer is well-known for his exploits with the red ball but he has managed to transform it into white ball success since 2021. Hazlewood has picked 37 wickets in the last 21 T20Is, averaging 13.45 with an economy rate of 6.33. Hazlewood has troubled the Indian top order in the past and is likely to be a major threat for the Men in Blue.  

Glenn Maxwell: The 33-year-old batting all-rounder is well versed with the conditions in Mohali, thanks to his IPL stint with Punjab Kings. Maxwell ranks third for most player-of-the-series awards in T20I history. He was key to Australia’s success in the last edition of the T20 World Cup and is currently in good form, accumulating 201 runs in his last nine matches for the Men from Down Under.

India vs Australia 1st T20I prediction

The Indian cricket team were underwhelming in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022. However, their batters seemed to return to form in the last match and Jasprit Bumrah’s return to the playing XI has bolstered India’s winning probability in this match. The odds are in favour of the Men in Blue in this match.

However, Australia have a good record against India in India. The Aussies also won the most recent T20I between the two teams and are expected to challenge for the win once again.

India vs Australia 1st T20I playing conditions and weather report

Maximum Temperature: 34°C

Precipitation: 7%

Humidity: 56%

Wind: 3 km/h

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