Australia vs India 2020: First T20I Stats Preview and Predicted Playing 11

Australia vs India 2020: Team India in revenge mode as we look at the stats preview and predicted playing 11 for the first T20I.

The ODI series saw Team India go down 1-2 to a highly competent Australian side. Team India’s traditional approach in the first two ODIs didn’t work out well, and in the third ODI, a similar approach was followed before the out-of-the-box knocks by Hardik and Jadeja helped India score a competent defendable total. 

The T20s, however, is going to be a different ball game. Hence, the ODI series’ result would not have an implication on the T20I series. Team India have historically had an upper hand over Australia in T20Is winning 11 out of 20 games, and should have an upper hand in the upcoming series too. 

With the first T20I scheduled tomorrow, let’s look at the stats preview and Predicted Playing 11 for both the teams. 

Match Details:

Occasion First T20I, Australia vs India
Location Canberra
Date & Time December 4, 1:40 pm IST

Stats Preview || Australia vs India T20Is

Total T20Is Played: 20

India: 11 Wins || Australia: 8 Wins || NR: 1

India vs Australia T20I Batting Stats:  

584 – Most Runs by Virat Kohli (India)

64.9 – Best Batting Average by Virat Kohli (India)

161.7 – Highest Strike Rate by Yuvraj Singh (India) 

124* (71) – Highest Score by Shane Watson (Aus)

6 – Most 50+Scores by Virat Kohli (India)

23 – Most Sixes by Glenn Maxwell (Aus)

49 – Most Fours by Aaron Finch (Aus)

India vs Australia T20I Bowling Stats:  

15 – Most Wickets by Jasprit Bumrah (India)

14.6 – Best Bowling Average by Jason Behrendorff (Aus)

5.2 – Best Economy Rate by Harbhajan Singh (India) 

12 – Best Bowling Strike Rate by Yuvraj Singh (India)

4/11 – Best Bowling figures by Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

1 – Most 4-wicket haul by Ashwin, Pandya, and Behrendorff

1 – Most Maidens by Sreesanth, Bhajji, Bracken, and Zampa. 

Team India’s T20I squad for the Tour of Australia:

Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (VC &WK), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, and T Natarajan. 

Openers: KL Rahul (VC & WK) & Shikhar Dhawan

KL Rahul, who donned the middle-order duties in the ODI series should replace Shubman Gill as the first-choice opener in the first T20I. Partnering him can be a toss-up between Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan. However, given Dhawan’s successful IPL, he should continue as Team’s second opener. 

Middle-order: Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer & Manish Pandey

With KL Rahul opening the batting, the number 5 position should see Manish Pandey playing that role as seen in the last series. However, given Hardik’s recent batting form, Team can also play him at 5 followed by two all-rounders. However, the first T20I should see VK at 3, Iyer at 4, and Pandey at 5. 

All-rounders: Hardik Pandya & Ravindra Jadeja

Hardik Pandya ain’t exactly an all-rounder at the moment given he isn’t bowling due to injury concern, even though he rolled his arm for a few overs in the ODI series. He should definitely start as favourite for number 6. The second all-rounder, however, should see Jadeja or Sundar playing the role. While Sundar could be a good option for his bowling capabilities, Jaddu might just be preferred for the all-round duties. 

Bowlers: T Natarajan, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah & Yuzvendra Chahal. 

After a successful debut in the ODI series, T Natarajan should definitely continue as the pacer in the T20I squad. While Deepak Chahar Isn’t a bad option as the third pacer, the first T20I should see Mohammed Shami’s experience getting preferred ahead of him. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal should fill the rest of the bowling slots. 

Australia vs India 2020: Predicted 11 For Team India for first T20I:

KL Rahul (VC &WK), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, T Natarajan, and Yuzvendra Chahal. 

Australia vs India 2020: Predicted 11 For Australia for first T20I:

Aaron Finch (C), Matthew Wade, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey (WK), Cameron Green, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa.

Thanks for reading! What’s your predicted 11 for India vs Australia first T20I? Please, let us know in the comments below. 

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