Australia v India T20 cricket; live updates, scores, team news, Aaron Finch, live stream, how to watch, start time
LIVE: Australia and India face off tonight (midnight AEST) in the first of a crucial three-game T20 series as both teams prepare for the imminent T20 World Cup.
Australia have played just nine T20Is since the 2021 T20I World Cup, compared to India’s 29 at that time. This series should provide valuable experience – and hopefully form – as the Australians prepare to defend their title on home soil.
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With the absence of David Warner putting pressure on compatriot Aaron Finch, the Australians are likely to throw Tim David into the mix for the opening clash in the subcontinent, which follows a solid victory by the ODI series against New Zealand.
Finch has retired from the 50-over format after a recent fall in form, averaging just 12.42 this year in ODI. But the 35-year-old will be desperate to cash in some points ahead of the 20-year-old World Cup, which kicks off for Australia on October 22 at SCG against New Zealand.
Despite his recent setbacks with the ODI, the Victorian is Australia’s top scorer in T20I history, racking up 2855 points at 35.24 and a 145.29 completion rate.
Besides the absent David Warner, Australia also left Marcus Stoinis and Mitch Marsh at home, while Mitchell Starc will be rested from the opener with a problem. Steve Smith is likely to beat at three – a rarity for him in the T20I format.
“Most likely he’ll beat three in this series with Mitch Marsh being out,” Finch said Monday. “We know the quality of Steve. He is one of the best players who has ever played the game across all game formats, so we know his skill, game sense and tactical sense.
“So we’re really confident that whatever role he has to play within the team structure, he can do it very, very well.”
Meanwhile, India will be looking to improve after a disappointing effort in the recent Asian Cup, with Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel ready to boost the hosts after missing out on this tournament.
The clash will take place in Mohali, with live coverage on Fox Cricket and Kayo starting at 11:20 p.m. AEST.
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