India won the last ODI series against Australia mainly due to the superb performance of the Indian batsmen, like Kohli, Sharma, Dhoni, etc. India already showed their better performance on the recent concluded test series against West Indies, even though both the test matches were over showed by the theme of Sachin’s retirement.
The 1st of the 3 match series is scheduled to be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, Kochi and the focus is on the 22-yard strip laid out for the match. Although traditionally the pitch in Kochi has favoured batsmen a lot, but in the recent years the pitch has shown symptom of slowing down at the second innings.
In the first match played on this pitch in 1998 India posted a handsome total in excess of 300 and that record has been breached don this pitch at least 3 more times. But in recent days as the match progresses and teams batting second have found it difficult to chase. The last match played here in January earlier this year saw England getting bowled out for 158 while they were chasing 286 set by India.