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Explaining that Lokesh Rahul will come with him in the opener, Rohit has said that Virat too can be the third option in the opener. However, the possibility of sending Virat to open against Australia cannot be ruled out. While the opener, number three and number four batsmen are almost certain, there is uncertainty about the middle order batsmen. A decision will also have to be made whether to pick regular wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant or give ‘finisher’ Dinesh Karthik a chance in the final eleven. Karthik did not get much chance in the Asia Cup. So Karthik may get a chance to give ‘match practice’ before the World Cup. Deepak Hooda has played in all matches of ‘Super 4’ round in Asia Cup. However, his role in the team is still unclear.
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All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s suspension during the Asia Cup has upset the balance of the Indian team. It was time for Team India to play with five bowlers. If Akshar Patel, who replaces Jadeja, gets a chance along with Hardik Pandya, India will have an additional bowler option. The return of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel has strengthened India’s bowling on paper. Bumrah, Bhuvneshwarkumar, Harshal Patel and Hardik along with Akshar and Yazuvendra Chahal will be two spin bowling options available to Rohit. Considering the pitches and atmosphere in Australia, India will have to build a complete team including the middle order.
Australia, who have come to India, have rested many players including David Warner. So the focus will be on the performance of captain Aaron Finch. He recently retired from ODIs due to lack of performance. Finch will be trying to set the tone ahead of the T20 World Cup.
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1 – India
6 – Australia
face to face
13 wins for India
9 Australian wins
Face to face in India
4 India wins
3 wins for Australia
The team will be selected from:
India – Rohit Sharma (captain), Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yazuvendra Chahal, Akshar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.
Australia – Aaron Finch (captain), Steve Smith, Shaun Abbott, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.
Venue: PCA Stadium, Mohali
Time : From 7.30 PM onwards
Live Broadcast : On Star Sports
A T20 match is being played on this ground after three years. The average score here is 176. The medicine will have an effect on this fight. Although this pitch is good for batsmen, fast bowlers get good help here.