T20 World Cup LIVE – India vs Australia LIVE: begins – India and Australia got off to fine starts in the T20 World Cup journey, picking up wins in their opening warm-up game against England and New Zealand respectively. While the wins were sweet, both Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch have problems to fix, before they begin their Super 12 campaign starting this weekend. India begin their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan, the Aussies will take on the South Africans on Saturday.
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India vs Australia LIVE: Virat Kohli and Co. look to fix batting woes, Australia look to plug gaps in final warm-up game
T20 World Cup LIVE: India clinched a comfortable win over England in their first warm-up game, chasing 189 with an over to spare. KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan scored 50s, while Rishabh Pant chipped in with a quick-fire 29 to see the team over the line. Kishan’s pyrotechnics meant that he remains in contention for the No.4 spot in the Indian playing XI, with Suryakumar Yadav again failing to make the most of his chance. Shardul Thakur did not bowl against England, but expect him to play against Australia, especially after Bhuvneshwar Kumar struggled considerably on the night. Varun Chakravarthy could also bowl after Rahul Chahar had a rough spell.
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Australia meanwhile had Josh Inglis to thank who smashed two boundaries of two deliveries to seal a nail-biting win over New Zealand. Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith and Ashton Agar all chipped in with valuable knocks throughout the innings, but Inglis applied the finishing touches to seal the tie. The Aussies will be hoping that David Warner puts his struggles behind him, after getting out for a golden duck, while Kane Richardson’s three-wicket haul adds to Finch’s selection headache.
India vs Australia: Virat Kohli and Co. look to fix batting woes, Australia look to plug gaps in final warm-up game
India vs Australia LIVE: Pitch and weather report
The conditions at the ICCA Dubai are conducive for batting with India having played against England on the same ground. Scores in excess of 180 have become the norm, but this being a day game, one can expect the teams to slow down a bit. In the only day game played here, West Indies managed to score only 130, which Pakistan chased down with more than four overs to spare. As for the weather, the conditions are expected to be sunny, with temperatures ranging between 27 to 35 degree Celsius. Captain winning the toss is likely to bat first in the conditions and keep his players away from the scorching sun as much as possible.
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India vs Australia LIVE: Squads to choose from
India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.
Australia: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (VC), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
India vs Australia LIVE streaming
Disney+ Hotstar will exclusively live stream the warm-up matches of the top eight teams at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. The India vs Australia clash will kick off at 3:30 PM IST on Wednesday, October 20.