After couple of impressive wins in the tour games against Western Australia XI, Indian team is now into the actual business. The ODI series kicks off at the WACA, Perth when India faces Australian team for the 1st ODI. The series includes five ODI matches which will be followed by three T20 International matches. Star Sports and HotStar app will bring the action live in India with Hindi and English commentary.
Just a recap of the warm up matches:
Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan sparkled in the T20 warm up match against WA XI. They scored 74 each from 40 odd balls. India managed 192 runs. In reply, Western Australian XI never looked like chasing it. They could manage 118 runs in 20 overs. Sran, Jadeja and Axar Patel clinched two wickets each.
In the ODI tour game against the same team, India got another win but it wasn't as convincing as they would have expected. A batting debacle resulted in India posting an average total of 249. Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Pandey came to the rescue and posted that total which gave the bowlers some chance. Rohit scored 67, Rahane 41 and Pandey 58. In reply WA XI looked struggling. They were bowled out for 185. Indian spinners dominated the innings by taking total six wickets. Jadeja, Ashwin and Axar got two wickets each.
While Rishi Dhawan, Sran, Umesh Yadav and other bowlers are trying to extract as much as possible through the warm ups, Shami has been ruled out of the series. He suffered a hamstring injury. He is expected to miss four to six weeks of cricket. He performed well when India toured to Australia last. He claimed 17 wickets in the last cricket world cup held here in Australia. He hasn't played since then as he underwent a knee surgery. He looks doubtful for the ICC T20 World Cup 2016.
With such a fresh young talent in the team, MS Dhoni would be definitely confused on the playing XI. We believe he will pick Jadeja ahead of Gurkeerat Singh. Jadeja was phenomenal back home against South Africa and he did a splendid job in the warm ups. If Sran is included, Rishi Dhawan might have to sit out. With another spinner Ashwin already the first choice, Axar Patel may have to warm the bench.
A lot to expect from the first match. A win in the first ODI gives an upper hand to the winning team. Let us see who emerges as the winner here at the pacy WACA!