India begins limited-overs series against Australia on September 17

The Steven Smith-led Australia will play five ODIs, and three T20s against India, beginning from September 17. While Chennai’s M. A. Chidambaram Stadium will host the first match, reports suggest that Kolkata’s Eden Gardens will hold the second ODI on September 21.

The Steven Smith-led Australia will play five ODIs, and three T20s against Virat Kohli’s India, beginning from September 17.   -  AFP

The Steven Smith-led Australia will play five ODIs, and three T20s against India, beginning from September 17.

While Chennai’s M. A. Chidambaram Stadium will host the first match, reports suggest that Kolkata’s Eden Gardens will hold the second ODI on September 21. The third ODI has been allotted to the Holkar Stadium in Indore on September 24, followed by the fourth one in Bengaluru three days later. The One-day series would wind up on October 1 in Nagpur.

Though there is no official confirmation from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), reports and well-placed sources suggest that Ranchi will play host to the first T20 on October 7, followed by games in Guwahati on October 10 and Hyderabad on October 13.

With just two weeks left for the series to begin, it is learnt that former India fast bowler and match referee Javagal Srinath inspected the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati on Monday. A report, however, is awaited.

The Australia team will have a pre-tournament camp in Chennai from September 8.

THE FIXTURES…

FIRST ODI: Chennai (September 17)

SECOND ODI: Kolkata (September 21)

THIRD ODI: Indore (September 24)

FOURTH ODI: Bangalore (September 28)

FIFTH ODI: Nagpur (October 1)

FIRST T20: Ranchi (October 7)

SECOND T20: Guwahati (October 10)

THIRD T20: Hyderabad (October 13)