Australia vs India: It is the big match of the world cup as the defending champions Australia will take on this season’s favourites, India, in an epic clash at The Oval. The team, led by Virat Kohli will look to avenge their defeat in the 2015 world cup semi-final against the Aussies. A win in this game is crucial for both the teams and they will leave no stone unturned to register a victory and establish their supremacy over the other.
Both the teams have started their tournament with a resounding victory. While India opened their account with a win against the Proteas, Australia go one-up by winning two matches, back-to-back against Afghanistan and West Indies.
India is certainly high on confidence and it is undoubtedly one of the fiercest teams in the world right now. Right from posing the world’s top two batsmen in the form of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to world’s number one bowler Jasprit Bumrah, the team has pure match-winners. It also has seasoned MS Dhoni, who is highly regarded in the game of cricket. The first match gave glimpses of the team’s performance, with Rohit Sharma scoring a century to Yuzvendra Chahal clinching 4-wickets. There were also decent contributions from others, who helped the team sail over the victory line, rather comfortably.
THE DEFENDING CHAMPIONS RISE TO THE OCCASION
Australia, on the other hand, have continued their magic-run in the world cup, by yet again casting their dominance over other teams. Their first match against Afghanistan saw the grand return of David Warner and Steve Smith, with Warner making the most of his comeback by scoring an unbeaten knock of 89*(114). It was Steve Smith’s turn in the next match as he played an anchor role in stabilising the innings, after losing 5 wickets for just 79 runs. It was Nathan Coulter-Nile’s valiant efforts in the tail-end, that helped the team reach a total of 288/10. In response, the left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc ripped through the Windies batsmen to take a fifer.
Well, a tough challenge awaits India, as they march towards fulfilling their long-lasting quest for glory, with the mighty Aussies ensuring they don’t leave any margin for error in this highly anticipated fixture.
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India and Australia have faced each other in a total of 136 times, with the Aussies dominating the wins with 77 victories, while India only have 49. However, both the teams share a different history in the world cup as it was only India who could stop the Aussies from winning another world cup title, by defeating them in the 2011 world cup quarter-final. Australia avenged their defeat by beating India in the semi-finals of the 2015 world cup.
Total Matches Played: 136 Total Matches Played: 3
Australia: 77 Australia:2
India: 49 India: 1
The weather has been a major cause of concern in England. With full or partial matches being washed away this early in the tournament, the future of the coming games seems very dicey. The scenario is no different for the match tomorrow. The day may start with mild showers; however, it may turn into a violent downpour by 2 pm. This may continue till 4 pm in the afternoon. Post this, the rains may turn mild, however, chances are that they would continue making their presence felt throughout the day. As the day progresses, we will witness a thicker cloud cover. The temperature will hover around the 18-degrees Celsius mark. The humidity percentage may reach the 50s during the game time.
The Oval stadium has been home to multiple 300 plus scores; however, it cannot be regarded as a pure batsman’s pitch. The pitch has something for the bowlers too. The teams have been successful in attaining breakthroughs at regular intervals to mess up the momentum of the batting team. Contrary to the initial belief, the pitch hasn’t been all that kind towards the chasing team. In the recent match between Bangladesh and New Zealand, the former almost defended their score of 245. The Kiwis were down to their ninth wicket, and with just 17 balls remaining, clinched a victory. Hence, chasing is no longer the obvious choice. The pitch has decently aided the spinners, especially in the second half of the game. Considering the weather conditions and the pitch’s new form, the team winning the toss, should elect to bat first.
The Men in Blue made their grand, last entry into the world cup tournament with an emphatic win against South Africa. Although the team looked rock solid, they may look at making a vital change to their side. Kohli may bench Kuldeep Yadav and bring in Ravindra Jadeja in his place. Jadeja had been put an impressive performance in the warm-up games, and the team will look at him to continue the same. Being good both with the ball and the bat, he will add depth to the batting line up and also make the spin department stronger.
Chahal, who was the star of the show in the last game with his four-wicket haul, needs to deliver again. Mohammad Shami may not see the light of the day as yet, given Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s decent form in the last game.
India’s pace attack will be led by Jasprit Bumrah. Indian innings will commence with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma at the centre, with Virat Kohli coming one down. Although Dhawan and Kohli failed to perform in the last game, their performance will be crucial to help team India put a good score on the board, while taking the pressure off the remaining batsmen. KL Rahul, Dhoni, Pandya and Jadhav will form the remainder of the batting department.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
With 2 victories in their kitty, the Aussies may see no need to make any changed to their playing eleven. Usman Khawaja’ who put on a great show in the warm-ups, failed to deliver in the first two games. However, he is an important pick for the Australian side, given he comes into this game very motivated owing to his recent, couple of tons against India.
Allrounder Nathan Coulter-Nile has delivered with the bat but failed with the ball. His crucial knock of 92 kept the team ahead, however, the Aaron Finch will hope him to do similar damage with the ball too. Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc are in great form, which is a big positive for the team.
Probable XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
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Virat Kohli – India | David Warner – Australia
TV – Star Sports
Match Timings – 15:00 IST; 10:30 local
The prediction is for the team, batting first to win the match.
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