Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bowl first against India in the series opening first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.
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The two teams are squaring off in a short three-match ODI series.
“Hopefully, there will be some dew later. The feeling is very good. Lot of guys have been playing Tests and BBL. The guys are pretty confident. I think the guys that have come in, have done well,” Finch said at the toss.
Australia have given ODI debut to Marnus Labuschagne who had a stunning home Test summer during which he averaged an unreal 112.
India captain Virat Kohli said he too would have chosen to bowl first and admitted his team hasn’t been challenged as much by any other side than Australia. “We would have fielded first as well. It is a good challenge for us. Pretty happy to be batting first. We are pretty happy with the toss. At home, I don’t think anyone else challenged so much. They won last time. Quality sides will challenge you everywhere. We are very excited,” Kohli said.
The first match of the series is in Mumbai before the action shifts to Rajkot’s Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium for the second ODI with the third and final fixture to be hosted at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa