India won the toss and elected to field first against Australia. KL Rahul, who is leading the side in Rohit Sharma’s absence remarked that chasing is the best possible option in Mohali, which is why they chose to bat first. R Ashwin returns after 18 months. Meanwhile, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, and Suryakumar Yadav also returns to the playing XI.
India’s playing XI: Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (C), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami
Australia playing XI: David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Short, Pat Cummins (c), Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa
Pat Cummins, who leads Australia, remarked that he would have also looked to bowl first. Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell are still injured.