Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch
Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch. (Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: January 14th, 2020 at 01:08 pm

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The wait is over as India and Australia are finally set to resume their fierce rivalry in ODIs. Before the start of the series, Virat Kohli insisted that India and Australia are the top two balanced sides in the world and thus one can expect a cracking series. It’s a T20 World Cup year while the World Test Championship is also in full flow.

Thus, a three-match ODI series doesn’t hold too much relevance but with a plethora of world-class stars set to feature, the series promises to be an exciting affair. India will be keen to avenge the loss they suffered at the hands of Australia in the ODI series last year at home. Despite winning the first two ODIs, India lost the series 3-2.

The Men in Blue, however, had the upper hand when they took on Australia in last year’s World Cup. But with both the teams in stunning form at the moment, the past records and results will matter very little. Both the teams have named a strong squad for the series and thus one can expect the fireworks.

Toss report:

Australia won the toss and decided to bowl first against India in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Here is what the captains said:

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Virat Kohli:

“It is a good challenge for us. Pretty happy to be batting first. We are pretty happy with the toss.At home, I don’t think anyone else challenged so much. They won last time. Quality sides will challenge you everywhere. We are very excited.”

Aaron Finch:

“We are gonna bowl first. Looks like a reasonably good wicket. Hopefully, there will be some dew later.There was a lot of dew yesterday when we trained. That’s the part of our decision. The feeling is very good. We haven’t played ODIs since our WC semi-finals. Lot of guys have been playing Tests and BBL. So, they are pretty confident coming into this format. The guys are pretty confident. I think the guys that have come in, have done well when they have played. Having all the quicks available is not something we have had for some time. We are going with two spinners.”

Playing elevens:


David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa


Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah


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