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India vs Australia 1st ODI Tips - Green and gold likely to continue momentum

Sridhar
16 Mar 2023
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Sridhar Bhamidi 16 Mar 2023
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  • India vs Australia 1st ODI predictions to be played in Mumbai on Friday afternoon time, IST
  • India have won only 2 of their last 6 home ODIs against Australia
  • Mohammed Siraj has taken at least 2 wickets in 8 of his last 10 ODIs for India
  • Australia have won 3 of the 4 ODIs they played against India at this venue
  • Steven Smith has 5 scores of 69 or more in his last 6 ODIs against India
  • Can Steven Smith continue to lead from the front and upset the hosts in the first ODI?
India vs Australia 1st ODI
Can Australia under Steven Smith upset India's calculations in the first ODI? (Gallo Images)

India vs Australia ODI I Tips


India won an entertaining four-Test series 2-1 against Australia and the action now shifts to ODIs. With an eye on the upcoming World Cup later this year in India, both teams will be looking to finetune their preparations. The first match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday, starting at 1:30pm IST.
  • India vs Australia ODI I Tips
  • Head to Head
  • India Form
  • India Team News
  • Australia Form
  • Australia Team News

Australia grew into the Test series and ended up in a far better shape than how they started. Despite India boasting a very strong home record, Australia will believe they can start on a positive. I am backing the visitors to win this match while a small wager can be put on Steven Smith scoring at least a fifty.

  • India have won only 2 of their last 6 home matches against Australia (ODIs)
  • Shubman Gill has scored 3 centuries in his last 4 matches for India (ODIs)
  • Mohammed Siraj has taken at least 2 wickets in 8 of his last 10 matches for India (ODIs)
  • Australia have won 3 of the 4 matches they played at this venue against India (ODIs)
  • Steven Smith has 5 scores of 69 or more in his last 6 matches against India including 3 centuries (ODIs)

Head to Head


India and Australia played each other 143 times so far, with the Australians winning 80 and Indians winning 53. Ten matches ended without a result.

The record is a bit closer when India plays at home. In 64 previous ODIs played in India, Australia have won 30 to India’s 29 with the remaining five ending in no results.

India Form


Most of the Indian ODI team members have played in the just-concluded Test series. They have last played an ODI series in January against New Zealand.

India won that series 3-0 and have now won eight ODIs in a row, all coming at home.

Rohit Sharma is back to lead the ODI side but will miss the first ODI due to family commitments. The hosts are desperately hoping they can change their poor run at Wankhede. India have won only ten of the 19 ODIs they played here including losing three in a row.

India Team News


Middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer is ruled out with a back injury for India. All-rounder Hardik Pandya comes back into the side while Jaydev Unadkat got a recall. With Rohit Sharma out of this match, it will be Hardik who will lead the team. Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill will open the innings for India.

Australia Form


Australia managed to make a stunning comeback in the Test series as Steven Smith led the team admirably in the last two Tests. With Pat Cummins unavailable, he will continue to be the captain in the ODIs.

The visitors were last seen in this format when they whitewashed England 3-0 at home last November. They are on a run of six straight wins and have won nine of their last ten ODIs.

There will be a slight worry about Australia’s ODI form in Asia, as they have lost seven of their last ten matches played in this continent.

Australia Team News


Australia will miss Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson, with Nathan Ellis named as a replacement player. David Warner comes back after missing the Test series from Delhi onwards.

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What time does India vs Australia start?

This India vs Australia ODI match is being played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai at 1:30pm IST or 7:00pm AEDT Australia time on Friday, March 17.

Verdict

India are a strong unit at home in the ODIs but Australia have had their number in recent times. The visitors are not favourites to win this match but should fancy their chances. I am backing Australia to continue their momentum and start the series with a win. Put a small wager on Steven Smith finding runs and a fifty to boot.

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