Fantasy Cricket: Australia vs India 1st ODI Preview

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Australia vs India 1st ODI

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy was clinched by India after a hard-fought 2-1 win in the four-match series. Australia and India are now set for the three-match ODI series with the 1st match in Sydney at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). This is the World Cup year, and both sides will look to iron out their team compositions. So, if you are making up your fantasy XI, be sure to keep an eye on who can be in!

Australia Preview

Australia are looking for a first ODI series win since beating Pakistan at home in January 2017. They have won only two of the next 21 completed ODIs, so there is a lot to improve. The expected return of Steve Smith and David Warner to the side for the World Cup will mean that there are only a few places up for grabs.

Marcus Stoinis has been in good form with the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League (BBL) (BBL08) 2018/19 season. Keep an eye on him for your fantasy XI selection. Shaun Marsh was also impressive in the last home ODI series against South Africa. Among the bowlers, the Perth Scorchers’ Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson pair will look to cement their places.

India Preview

India have lost just one of their last ten ODIs and have been dominant in the format for the last couple of years. However, they have won just two ODIs in Sydney in 18 attempts, losing 15. Their overall record against Australia reads 45 wins and 73 losses, which is another area of improvement.

Virat Kohli (453 runs) and Rohit Sharma (389 runs) have been in great form against the Windies at home in their last series. Shikhar Dhawan’s presence at the top gives them an aggressive outlook. Bowling will be about the guile of their two wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.

Fantasy Players to Watch

Marcus Stoinis has been in cracking form for the Stars in the BBL this season. Even against South Africa, he picked up eight wickets in three matches. His contributions in the slog overs will be another key factor to slot him in your fantasy XI.

Virat Kohli has 1202 ODI runs in 2018 at a staggering average of 133.55 and a SR of 102.55. His record in chases and his hunger for runs make him an ideal pick for your fantasy XI.

Kuldeep Yadav has picked up 45 wickets at an ER of just 4.64 runs per over in 2018. That means the Chinaman bowler has proved effective and efficient at the same time. Time to pin him down to your playing XI!

Probable Teams

Australia: 1 Aaron Finch (C) 2 Usman Khawaja 3 Shaun Marsh 4 Peter Handscomb 5 Alex Carey (W) 6 Glenn Maxwell 7 Marcus Stoinis 8 Peter Siddle 9 Adam Zampa 10 Jhye Richardson 11 Jason Behrendorff

India: 1 Rohit Sharma 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Ambati Rayudu 5 MS Dhoni (WK) 6 Hardik Pandya 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 Kuldeep Yadav 10 Khaleel Ahmed 11 Mohammed Shami

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