India takes on Australia in the battle of heavyweights in the 14th fixture of World Cup 2019. The contest will be held on 9th June 2019 at Kennington Oval, London. The match will be live from 3:00 pm IST and it promises to be a cracker as both the teams have been in form and have won their previous encounters.
India had amazing in the opener against South Africa. India had a very successful tour of Australia where it won every single format it played in and will be confident when they meet them again in the World Cup. Chahal was tremendous with the bowl against the Proteas who took 4 wickets. Bumrah and Bhuvneswar also did well and managed to take 2 wickets each. Kuldeep Yadav also got 1 wicket. So the bowling looks quite balanced. The batting from India was also very good except for two problems. The first one is the form of Shikhar Dhawan. The second was the lack of runs for Virat Kohli.
Player To Watch Out For – Virat Kohli
Australia has won its last 10 ODI matches in a row including three against India. Team has been brilliant so far in the tournament with two wins in two matches they played. Australians showed some depth in their batting as the team recovered from a poor start of the inning and scored 288 runs (from 79-5) thanks to Nathan Coulter Nile, Steven Smith and Alex Carey who scored 92, 73 and 45 respectively. Mitchell Starc was great who managed to took a five-wicket haul last match. Pat Cummins has also been in a decent form. Adam Zampa has been amongst the wickets and he’ll be keen to carry on with his rich vein of form.
Player To Watch Out For – Steven Smith
The pitch has produced scores of 300, but it has something for the bowlers as well. The chasing teams haven’t found it easy thus far. If the sun is out, we can expect a high scoring encounter like the one between South Africa and Bangladesh earlier in the tournament.
Probable Line Ups
India – Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (Captain), K.L Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, M.S Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah.
Australia – Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
The recent rivalry between India and Australia has been dominated by India. Since 2017, India has won 9 out of the last 14 matches against Australia although it has lost its last three matches against them. India will be likely to seal the contest.