Australia vs India - 1st T20 International Preview & Prediction

Arnold Nichols
November 21, 2018

India will be without the inspirational Dhoni in their tour-opening, three-match Twenty20 global series that starts in Brisbane on Wednesday after the veteran wicket keeper was rested by selectors.

"It is challenging for our batsmen..."

As a result, Australian players have their responsibilities doubled to compete against the determined Team India, who embark on a golden opportunity to emerge victorious on the Australian soil. "We played some good cricket in the tri-series against very good England and New Zealand teams last (this) year".

But "India want to make it count" this time, he added. "Our focus as a team is to play good quality cricket and win games of cricket", he said. "There's a real good feeling inside the group". Maxwell is largely seen as the backbone of present Australian batting line-up. It has always challenged us as a batting unit. India hasn't had a very good record in Brisbane but Rohit is not one to look back at past too keenly. The video of Sakshi Dhoni cutting the birthday cake has gone viral in which MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya are standing close to her, In the video, it could be seen that the Indian all-rounder is saving his face and smoking something and some of the eagle-eyed fans on social media have spotted it quickly and started assuming what the all-rounder was smoking around. "Your performance is always appreciated but having said that, the bounce sometimes, in places like Brisbane and Perth, allows me to play my game because I've grown up playing on cemented pitches back home". "From now on obviously it is going to be much more hard for others to step in unless there's any sort of workload issue because till the World Cup we want our XI that's going to play together to play as long as possible and together in as many number of games because there's not many left", Kohli said a day before the game. "So I have done well in limited-overs but the challenge is red-ball cricket, which right now I am not thinking of".

The same thing was mentioned earlier but Karthik sat behind the stumps in the series against West Indies.

Asked if he is looking to get a third century here, Rohit said: "I would love to". People have different meanings for aggression, but as far as I'm concerned, for me it is winning the match come what may, and giving 120% for my team every ball. I keep it simple, try to go out there and enjoy my game.

The semi-finals are a repeat of the last two women's world event finals, with the first last-four match-up between Australia and Windies a rematch of the 2016 World T20 decider, while the second match between India and England replicates the 50-over World Cup finale at Lord's.

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