India will lock horns with Australia in the first ODI of the three-match series on Friday, September 22 at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali. This series marks their final preparation before the upcoming World Cup, hosted in India from October 5 to November 19.
The first two matches of the series will see India without the services of captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, and Kuldeep Yadav, all of whom have been rested. KL Rahul will lead the team in Rohit’s stead, with Ravindra Jadeja as vice-captain.
In addition to this, India have included seasoned spinner R Ashwin and versatile all-rounder Washington Sundar in the squad for the three-match series. All-rounder Axar Patel, who suffered a hamstring injury during the Asia Cup, has been selected for the 3rd ODI, contingent on his match fitness.
Australia, on the other hand, is heading into this series with a massive lift, as Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, and Steve Smith have received the green light as fully fit for the upcoming matches. However, due to unknown reasons, Smith, Starc and Maxwell are likely to miss the series opener.
However, before we get into the excitement of the match, let’s take a look at the pitch report, pitch stats, and the track record of Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali:
IND vs AUS 1st ODI: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali Pitch Report
The pitch at this venue has seen its fair share of high-scoring affairs over the years, setting the stage for another contest dominated by the batters. Historically, this venue has favoured fast bowlers over spinners, so the team that fields their strongest fast bowling lineup and gets the best performance from their pacers is likely to have the upper hand in this match.
With 15 out of 26 matches won by the team batting first, it’s quite conceivable that winning the toss might lead to a batting-first decision. Anything around 270-280 runs will be the challenging first-inning total here.
IND vs AUS 1st ODI: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali Pitch Stats, and ODI Records
- Total matches: 26
- Matches won batting first: 15
- Matches won bowling first: 11
- Average 1st Inns scores: 265
- Average 2nd Inns scores: 228
- Highest total recorded: 392/4 (50 Ov) by IND vs SL
- Lowest total recorded: 89/10 (25 Ov) by PAK vs RSA
- Highest score chased: 359/6 (47.5 Ov) by AUS vs IND
- Lowest score defended: 207/8 (50 Ov) by AUS vs WI
IND vs AUS 1st ODI: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali Weather Report
According to the weather forecast, Friday in Mohali is expected to be a sunny day with no anticipated rain disruptions. Humidity levels are projected to hover at approximately 75%, and the wind is forecasted to blow at around 10 km/h.