Team India has been on a roll. Ever since their mammoth 347-run victory against England, they kept up the momentum and registered a memorable win versus Australia in the riveting one-off test match at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. They riding on confidence and vigour will now lock horns in an exciting three-match ODI series.
India will look to carry on that form to the ODI series but with Australia’s strength in this format and the history that the two teams share, we can expect spicy and thrilling encounters. With Amol Muzumdar as the Head Coach, India will look to seek his guidance and support to overcome the tough competitors.
India last played an ODI series against Bangladesh in July, however, will be bolstered by the addition of stars like Shreyanka Patil, Saika Ishaque, Mannat Kashyap, Renuka Singh Thakur, Titas Sadhu and Richa Ghosh.
Australia, on the other hand, in the ODI format registered a series against West Indies earlier in the year and with the presence of skipper Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Ellyse Perry and Annabel Sutherland, to name a few can challenge India on all fronts.
India vs Australia 1st ODI – Match Details
Date and Time: 27th December, 2023, Thursday, 1:30 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Live Streaming: The match will be telecasted on Sports 18. Online live streaming will be available on JioCinema.
India vs Australia 1st ODI – Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
Renowned for its consistently batter-friendly pitches, the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai consistently lends support to teams chasing targets. The toss will play a crucial role as well and the team winning the toss might seek an advantage from the same.
The weather in Mumbai will have temperatures expected to hover in the mid-20s and no anticipated rainfall.
India vs Australia 1st ODI – Probable Playing XIs
India: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Harleen Deol/Amanjot Kaur, Richa Ghosh (Wicket Keeper), Deepti Sharma, Shreyanka Patil/Saika Ishaque, Pooja Vastrakar, Renuka Singh Thakur, Titas Sadhu
Australia: Alyssa Healy, Phoebe Litchfield, Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Megan Schutt/Darcie Brown, Jess Jonassen/Georgia Wareham, Kim Garth, Alana King/Heather Graham
India vs Australia – Head-to-Head Records in ODI
Historically, India and Australia have squared off in 50 ODIs and that has resulted in only 10 wins and 40 losses to show but interestingly at home, India’s record has been far from impressive. Having secured only four victories in 21 ODIs and enduring 17 defeats on home soil, India hasn’t emerged triumphant against Australia in their last seven home matches since February 2007.
They will look to overturn this record. Notably, the Wankhede Stadium witnessed the last ODI encounter between India and Australia way back in March 2012, where the home team succumbed to a 221-run loss and a subsequent defeat by five wickets in the final two ODIs of the three-match series respectively.
India vs Australia 1st ODI Match – Key Players
Smriti Mandhana: The southpaw from Maharashtra has had a memorable 2023 raking up 462 runs in the past 10 ODIs with an average of 51.33 and a strike rate of 79.93. Having had solid returns from the test match, she will look to continue her rich vein of form versus the challenging Aussies.
Harmanpreet Kaur: Often identified by her unbelievable 171 versus Australia in the 2017 ICC Women’s ODI World Cup, the right-handed batter has a reputation for dismantling the Aussies at any given opportunity. In the past 10 ODIs, she has scored 459 runs at a healthy average of 65.57 and a strike rate of 85.63.
A series win versus and leading the team from the front as a batter is certainly something she will aspire to do and undo all the hurt from the Bangladesh series that saw her receive a two-match ban for disciplinary issues.
Additionally, players like Jemimah Rodrigues (top run-getter for India in ODIs this year), Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh and Pooja Vastrakar will be players to watch out for.
Beth Mooney: The prolific left-handed Beth Mooney not only reeks of consistency but constantly delivers when the team needs her. With a memorable WBBL 2023 season and good returns in the year with 387 runs (1 century and 2 fifties) from 11 innings, she will look to score runs and set up good partnerships like she always does.
Ashleigh Gardner: Another all-rounder from the Australian ecosystem who delivers with the bat and ball, Gardner is one of the most sought-after players across the world for her unique skillset. With 20 wickets in her past 9 ODIs, she is in a purple patch and with conditions favouring spinners, we can see her spin webs around the Indian batters.
Additionally, the likes of Ellyse Perry, Phoebe Litchfield, Jess Jonassen and Annabel Sutherland will be ones to watch out for.
India vs Australia 1st ODI – Dream 11 Prediction
Wicket-keepers: Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney
Batters: Ellyse Perry, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur
All-rounders: Deepti Sharma (VC), Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner (C)
Bowlers: Jess Jonassen, Renuka Singh Thakur, Megan Schutt