Australia vs India, 1st T20I Match, Preview, squads & tv Channels

Cricket News: Australia vs India, 1st T20I Match, Preview, squads news & Pitch report


There’s been a big drive by the Canberrans in the lead-up to the Indian team’s visit to the capital to try and support as many of the small businesses as possible. Starting of course with the beer. And the Manuka Oval was served well for the third ODI on Wednesday with a lot of the city’s brewers having a chance to display their frothy wares. The campaign to bring the locals to the forefront has been driven by the Australian Capital Territory’s Chief Minister Andrew Barr himself.

You’re never too far away from cricket and politics coming together while in Canberra. The fact that the Manuka Oval has grandstands named after two of the most cricket-loving and popular Prime Ministers – Sir Robert Menzies and Bob Hawke – is only the most obvious sign of this blend. Even the bars, pubs and restaurants right outside the stadium also get a ripe mix of politicians and cricket celebrities rubbing shoulders.

But as Australia and India kick off their three-match T20I series on Friday (December 4), you wouldn’t expect just the locals but a lot of those from Sydney to drive down to not just watch the cricket but also do justice to the local brews on offer. The tickets for this game as with most of the white-ball ones involving India were sold out nearly the day they were released. And while there will be a lot of Indian fans on display, which has now become so much of a routine that it’ll soon not even merit a mention, there’s expected to be decent support for the Australians too. We are just about on the cusp of the Big Bash League (BBL) and the three games over the next five days – the next two will be played at the SCG – will serve as the ideal appetiser for that. This is the closest after all that Aussie fans will get to see some of India’s biggest stars in T20 action.

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Australia opt to bowl

Match: Australia vs India
Series: India tour of Australia, 2020-21
Date: Friday, December 4, 2020
Time: 07:10 local / 08:10 GMT / 13:10 PST
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra

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Weather and Pitch Conditions:

India may have begun slowly a little on Wednesday, but the pitch of Canberra is ranked as one of Australia’s best for the batsmen, by Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandja. The capital of the country is also home to late evening temperatures decrease. But it should not stop the frenzy of four and six, which both teams will expect to produce in large quantities, especially with one of the frontiers expected to be shorter than the other.

Today’s Playing XI:


Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Wade, Steve Smith, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc/Andrew Tye, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa


Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja/Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

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