IND vs AUS: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Gabba, Brisbane, ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Warm Up Match

The Gabba
The Gabba in Brisbane. (Credits: Twitter)

IND vs AUS: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Gabba, Brisbane, ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Warm Up Match. India will square off against Australia in the first official ICC T20 World Cup 2022 warm-up match on Monday, October 17. The Men in Blue played two unofficial warm-up games against the Western Australia XI, winning one and losing one.

In the meantime, Australia recently lost a T20 series 2-0 to England with the 3rd T20I washed out due to rain. The India vs Australia ICC T20 World Cup 2022 warm-up match will start at 9:30 AM (IST). India plays archrivals Pakistan in their tournament opener on October 23.

India vs Australia
India vs Australia. Image Credits: BCCI

Death over bowling will once again be focused on throughout the game against Australia. The Men in Blue scarcely improved in the final few overs as they allowed Western Australia to score 41 runs in five overs. Harshal Patel also bowled effectively to dismiss death-over hues. Ravichandran Ashwin played brilliantly in the last warm-up game as he grabbed three wickets.  Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will return for the warm-up match against Australia.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell. Image Credits: Twitter

Australia, on the other hand, will be eager to strike with the ball at hand. Against England, bowlers like Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc had a little advantage. Glenn Maxwell is having trouble getting runs and would like to perform well in the warm-up game.

In the first warm-up match against West Australia, Suryakumar Yadav picked up where he left against South Africa at home and scored a blistering knock of 52 runs to help India set a target of 159 runs for Western Australia XI. In return, the hosts were bundled out for 145 runs as Arshdeep Singh scalped 3 wickets and Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 2 wickets each.

India 158 for 6 (Suryakumar 52, Behrendorff 2-26) beat Western Australia XI 145 for 8 (Fanning 59, Arshdeep 3-6, Bhuvneshwar 2-26) by 13 runs

KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav. PC- BCCI
KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav. PC- BCCI

India lost to Western Australia XI in the second warm-up game by 36 runs. The match was important for the Indian team to get accustomed to the Australian playing conditions ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. India had won the first warm-up game by 13 runs. Despite KL Rahul’s 74 off 55 balls, India lost the match by 36 runs. Indians could score 132/8 in 20 overs. Riding on Ravichandran Ashwin’s 3-32, India managed to restrict Western Australia to 168 in 20 overs.

Western Australia XI 168 for 8 (Hobson 64, Short 52, Ashwin 3-32) beat Indians 132 for 8 (Rahul 74, Lance Morris 2-23, Kelly 2-26) by 36 runs

Mohammad Shami is all set to play a T20I for the Men in Blue after nearly a year. The last time he featured in the team’s Playing XI in a T20I was back in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 against Namibia. But with Jasprit Bumrah ruled out, he is all set to come back.

The Australia warm-up match will be his first and he has exactly two matches to get his rhythm back Virat Kohli and captain Rohit Sharma will also return to the fold having missed the 2nd practice match. It should be noted that all 15 members of the squad can play.

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: Twitter)

In a curious case, Mohammad Shami returned to the team after being told he was not in plans in T20Is. But with pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah out injured, it forced selectors’ hands in recalling him in Australia. Mohammed Shami has never featured in team management’s plans in T20Is as he has played just 17 matches since his T20I debut back in 2014 which is less than 3 T20Is a year.

But the team management is in a desperate situation. By naming veteran Mohammed Shami in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, the selectors have taken a gamble. It may pay off well or it may go wrong as it did in the last ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Mohammed Shami bagged just 6 wickets in 5 matches at an economy rate of 8.84. Against Pakistan and New Zealand, he went for over 11 economy rate in both.

India will take on Australia on October 17 and New Zealand on 19th October in their warm-up fixture matches. Hosts and reigning ICC T20 World Cup 2021 champions Australia play their first and only warm-up game against India on October 17 at The Gabba. India, though, is also due to play New Zealand two days later at the same venue.

India Probable Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.

David Warner and Aaron Finch
David Warner and Aaron Finch (Image Credit: Twitter)

Australia, led by Aaron Finch, beat the West Indies 2-0 in their recent T20I series, but lost to Jos Buttler’s England 0-2 in the three-match T20I series that followed. Adding to the defending champions’ woes is David Warner’s neck injury. After missing the third T20I against England, David Warner is unsure of playing against India.

Australia Probable Playing XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood.

IND vs AUS: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Gabba, Brisbane, ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Warm Up Match

The pitch at The Gabba in Brisbane is generally good for batting. But the pacers are also likely to extract quite a bit from the surface. Winning the toss and fielding first should be the way forward for both teams. There is a chance of rain around 12 PM, which could lead to a short delay.

The Brisbane Cricket Ground or The Gabba last hosted a T20I the previous week itself, when the hosts defeated West Indies by 31 runs, after posting 178/7 on the board. As for the batters, the pitch at this venue has been a high-scoring one where they have had the assistance of consistent bounce. The average score across the six T20Is at this venue is about 170 runs.

Playing conditions will be pleasant throughout the duration of the game. Temperatures will be around the 23-degree to 17-degree Celsius mark with humidity 70-85% according to Chances of rain are 40% on matchday-17th October, Monday.

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