Virat Kohli and Steven Smith

India vs Australia, 1st T20I – Fantasy Preview with Predicted Playing XIs, Venue Details, Relevant Stats & Full Fantasy XI

India will take on Australia in the 1st T20I of a 3-match series and 12th Khiladi provides you with the Dream11 prediction and fantasy tips for this contest.

Punjab Cricket Association – Venue Notes

  • Average First Innings Score since 2018: 168
  • Bat First vs Bowl First in all T20s since 2018: Win batting first – 4; Win chasing – 8
  • IND-AUS Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list since 2018: KL Rahul(1), Virat Kohli(4),
  • IND-AUS Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list since 2018: R Ashwin(2)

The pitch is expected to have a green cover with lots of swing on offer and the pacers will find assistance in the initial overs. As the match progresses, the wicket gets easier to bat on and so the teams that win the toss will look to bowl first and chase down the total.

The bowlers can take advantage of the large boundary size at the venue – especially the spinners and the death bowlers, who will have plenty of opportunities to pick up wickets.

Predicted Playing XI

India: Rohit Sharma(c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik(wk), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

Australia: Aaron Finch(c), Josh Inglis, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Tim David, Matthew Wade(wk), Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood

India vs Australia, 1st T20I Stat Box

India: (all T20s since 2018)

  • KL Rahul at Mohali: 406 runs at 51/143 in 10 innings
  • KL Rahul vs L-Pace in Overs in PP: 4 outs at 100/113 in 50 innings
  • Rohit Sharma vs L-Pace in PP: 12 outs at 28/110 in 55 innings
  • Virat Kohli vs L-Pace in PP: 8 outs at 29/114 in 44 innings
  • Virat Kohli at Mohali: 139 runs at 139/132 in 2 innings
  • Virat Kohli vs Australia: 295 runs at 59/149 in 7 innings
  • Suryakumar Yadav vs Wrist Spin in Overs 7-20: 13 outs at 61/168 in 54 innings
  • Harshal Patel bowling in the 1st innings: 42 wickets in 22 innings
  • R Ashwin at Mohali: 9 wickets in 10 innings
  • Glenn Maxwell vs Jasprit Bumrah (T20s overall): 7 wickets and 75 runs at 12/115 in 65 balls

Australia: (all T20s since 2018)

  • S Smith at batting position: At 3 – 321 runs at 40/134 in 10 inns, 4/5 – 176 runs at 24/124 in 10 inn
  • Aaron Finch vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar (limited overs): 5 outs at 10/82 in 79 balls
  • Josh Inglis vs SLAO in Overs 7-20: 3 outs at 31/187 in 11 innings
  • Josh Inglis vs Wrist Spin in Overs 7-20: 8 outs at 33/170 in 24 innings
  • Josh Inglis vs R-Pace in Overs 1-6: 24 outs at 23/122 in 51 innings
  • Glenn Maxwell’s record in India: 862 runs at 96/162 in 33 innings
  • Glenn Maxwell vs SLAO in Overs 7-20: 16 outs at 28/126 in 63 innings
  • Tim David in the Death Overs 17-20: 974 runs at 201 SR in 62 innings
  • Tim David vs Wrist-Spin in Overs 7-20: 12 outs at 54/161 in 60 innings
  • Kane Richardson at the death in Overs 17-20: 63 wickets in 68 innings at 8 balls per wicket

India – Fantasy Notes

  • The Karthik-Pant selection conundrum continues into this series as well. Against an Australian team with potentially 2 spinners turning the ball away from an RHB, India will need an LHB to counter this in the middle overs. Despite that, Karthik is more likely to play because of his ability to strike and score runs quickly right from the first ball.
  • KL Rahul should enjoy batting against Australia once he settles down after the initial overs. He is also the top run scorer at this venue, so pick him in your teams especially when he bats second.
  • Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma struggle against left-arm pacers in the powerplay. If Australia decides to play Daniel Sams in this match, he could be a threat against this Indian top order.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal has been ignored by a lot of teams. Pick him as a differential n your teams, in particular when he bowls in the 2nd innings as he will have plenty of runs to defend and more wicket opportunities due to long boundaries.
  • Pick Harshal Patel in your teams if he bowls first. His variations and slower balls at the death overs can produce a lot of cheap wickets.
  • If Pant is not selected in the XI, Axar Patel could be promoted up the order to counter Zampa/Agar and play the role of a pinch-hitter. He will also be bowling to an Australian batting with at least 5 RHB in the top 6, which makes him a differential pick with huge potential for points.

Australia – Fantasy Notes

  • reported that Finch had hinted that Steven Smith will bat at Number 3 in the absence of Mitchell Marsh. This is the ideal batting position for Smith in a T20 setup and a player of his quality will look to make the most of this rare opportunity – therefore, his potential as a fantasy asset increases.
  • In the above report, Finch also remarked about the pitch conditions being “green” and the swing he expects at this venue. His weakness against in-swinging deliveries is well known and that is a flaw the Indian seamers – Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah will look to take advantage of in the powerplay.
  • According to Cricinfo, Australia is likely to open the batting with Josh Inglis and not Matthew Wade in the absence of David Warner.
  • Inglis could be the best differential pick in this match as his record against all spin bowling types has been remarkable. Despite his potential struggle against pace and swing in the powerplay, back him to come good in this series after his promotion as an opener and with form on his side in recent T20 competitions.
  • Pick Kane Richardson if he bowls in the first innings. His record shows that he is almost guaranteed to pick up wickets in the death overs.
  • Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will be key in the powerplay against a strong Indian top 3. Cummins is likely to have the role of a wicket-taker in the absence of Starc, while Hazlewood puts consistent pressure on the batters with tight lengths at the other end.
  • With India likely to go with at least 5 RHB in their top 6, it is logical to go with a quality wrist-spinner like Zampa is a logical pick in your fantasy teams. If Ashton Agar plays, he could be a good differential for the same reason.

Fantasy XI

WK: Josh Inglis

BAT: Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Steven Smith

AR: Glenn Maxwell, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Cameron Green

BOWL:  Adam Zampa, Yuzvendra Chahal, Josh Hazlewood

C/VC: Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal

Differentials:  Josh Inglis (9%), Yuzvendra Chahal (19%),

C/VC Differentials:  Steven Smith (3.4%), Axar Patel (1%), KL Rahul (6.5%)

Note: Return after 15 minutes of the toss for a fully updated XI.

Stats Credit: Cricinfo and Cricmetric

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