PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar
PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar

India vs Australia five-match ODI series promises to be a thrilling and stimulating bilateral series. Steve Smith and Virat Kohli will be leading their respective teams in the quest to gain the top spot in ICC ODI team ranking. The first ODI of the five-match series will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk in Chennai on Sunday, September 17.

India will start hot favourites on the strength of their current form. Australia will be upbeat after drawing a two-match Test series against Bangladesh. They will bank on David Warner, who has been in red-hot form in the sub-continent. Team India come into Sunday’s fixture on the back of a six-game winning streak in the 50-over format, the last time they won more in succession was a seven-game glut at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup – a run that was halted by Australia. Australia, on the other hand, would look to challenge the Men in Blue on their home turf. While, India will be without Shikhar Dhawan, Australia will miss the services of Aaron Finch. For India, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will play key role for the hosts. The experience of MS Dhoni and his performance with the bat will be crucial for team India as they begin preparations for the 2019 World Cup.

India vs Australia 1st one-day international will be broadcast live on Star Sports network from 1300 hrs IST.

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