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IND vs AUS, Cricket Exchange Predictions: Fantasy Teams, Probable XIs and Pitch Report for 1st ODI

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India (IND) will be playing against Australia (AUS) in the first ODI of Australia tour of India 2023 (IND vs AUS). The match will be taking place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday, 17th March. The encounter is scheduled to start from 1:30 PM IST. Before the game goes live let us look at some important stats, facts, the prime player picks and the best-predicted XIs for the fantasy contests of the match. 

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After a very competitive Test series, the two teams will now be battling it out in the fifty over format. This series will be a serious ground for the two teams to test themselves out and also their bench strength for the upcoming ODI World Cup later this year. 

The last time these two teams met in the ODI format was back in 2020 on Australia's home turf. The Aussies managed to win that series by a margin of 2-1. The Indians will be up for a redemption this time around and we are all set for three exciting contests ahead of us between two of the top teams in the world. 

IND vs AUS, 1st ODI: Pitch Report- Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium will favour the batters in general. It has a tendency to slow down with progression of the match, but as this is a day-night match, this can be counted out. Out of the last five matches that have been played on this venue, four have been won by the team batting second. The recent stats might well prompt the skipper winning the toss to field first. 

Interestingly, India have lost the last three ODI that they have played here. The last encounter was against Australia in 2020, where India faced a defeat by 10 wickets.

Numbers at the ground (Overall ODIS)

Total Matches: 27
Matches won batting first: 13
Matches won batting second: 14

Average score batting first: 240
Average score batting second: 201

Highest total at the ground: 438/4 (50 Overs) by South Africa against India
Lowest total at the ground: 79/10 (27.1 Overs) by India Women against Australia Women

Highest successful chase: 284/4 (49 Overs) by New Zealand against India
Lowest score defended: 192/9 by West Indies against India

IND vs AUS, 1st ODI: Head-to-Head

The two teams have played 143 ODI matches against each other till date. The Aussies have been dominant in the clash and they have maintained to same in the last 10 encounters between the two teams. India have a lot of catch up to do in this face off and they will be more than happy to begin from this clash. 

Head-to-Head (Overall ODIs)

Total Matches: 143
India won: 53
Australia won: 80
No Result: 10

Head-to-Head (Last 10 Matches)

India won: 4
Australia won: 6

Head-to-Head (At Wankhede stadium)

Total Matches: 4
India won: 1
Australia won: 3

IND vs AUS, 1st ODI : Probable Playing XIs

India Team News

Shreyas Iyer will not be available for selection because of injury. Also, India will miss the services of Rohit Sharma in this match as he is unavailable for selection because of personal reasons.

India Probable Playing XI

Ishan Kishan (wk), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, and Mohammed Shami.

Australia Team News

Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the ODI series due to personal reasons.

Australia Probable Playing XI

Travis Head, David Warner, Steve Smith (c), Marnus Labuschange, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, and Nathan Ellis.

IND vs AUS, 1st ODI: Top Five Picks

  1. Shubman Gill (IND): The young Indian opener is plundering runs everywhere and that makes him a prime pick for the match. Shubman Gill has scored two centuries in the last three matches and has hit golden form. 
  2. Steve Smith (AUS): The stand-in Australian skipper has been in decent form in this format of the game. Steve Smith failed to deliver up to the expectations in the Test series and will be rearing to mend this in the limited overs. 
  3. Virat Kohli (IND): The Indian superstar has hit form in the last innings of the Test series. Virat Kohli will look to translate his form from the Test series into the ODI format. He is an important pick for this match. 
  4. Travis Head (AUS): The Australian batter looked in decent touch during the Test series. Prior to that Travis Head was in great form in the ODI format against England. In the last ODI innings he has snapped up a big hundred and that makes him a brilliant choice for the match. 
  5. Mohammed Siraj (IND): The number one ODI bowler is a must pick for this match. Mohammed Siraj has been in brilliant form in this format with 14 wickets in the last five matches. There is no way one can miss out on Siraj.

IND vs AUS, 1st ODI: Must Picks for the match


  1. Shubman Gill - Three hundreds in the last five ODI matches.
  2. Virat Kohli - Century in the last innings that he batted.
  3. Mohammed Siraj - 14 wickets in last five ODI matches.


  1. Steve Smith - Four 50 plus scores in last five ODI matches.
  2. Travid Head - 240 runs in the last ODI series against England.
  3. Adam Zampa - 17 wickets the last five ODI matches.

IND vs AUS, 1st ODI: Risky Picks

India - Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja

Australia - Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green

IND vs AUS, 1st ODI: Best Captain and Vice-captain choices

  1. Shubman Gill
  2. Travis Head
  3. Virat Kohli

IND vs AUS, 1st ODI: Team for Head-to-Head Contests

Create and Participate with this team in the Cricket Exchange Fantasy App

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Wicketkeeper: Alex Carey
Batters: Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Travis Head
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Caemeron Green
Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Adam Zampa

Captain: Shubman Gill
Vice-captain: Travis Head

IND: 6 Players; AUS: 5 Players

IND vs AUS, 1st ODI: Team for Winner Takes All Contests

Create and Participate with this team in the Cricket Exchange Fantasy App

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Wicketkeeper: Ishan Kishan
Batters: Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Virat Kohli, David Warner, Steve Smith, Travis Head
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya
Bowlers: Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa

Captain: Virat Kohli
Vice-captain: Steve Smith

IND: 7 Players; AUS: 4 Players