Australia (2.10) at India (1.80)
Men’s Cricket World Cup, Sunday, 9 of June 2019, at Kennington Oval, London, England at 09:30 GMT.
Weather: Light rain, 90% Humidity, 8.8℃
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India: They have, as of yet played only one match and that match was swept away by them, courtesy a good team effort, more so in the bowling department, than in the batting. But South Africa was a comparatively easier opposition (especially now that they are plagued with injuries,) Australia will be a different story altogether. The challenge will be much steeper here and India will have to be absolutely spot on to win this one. The opening batsmen had failed to work as a pair in their first match, as they had failed in the two practice matches. Though Rohit Sharma had come good with a big century, India need Dhawan to fire and provide the team with a stable starting platform. But that might be a problem, given Shikar’s problem against the left arm seamers. And the man running towards him is no ordinary left arm seamer, but one of the best in the business, Mitchell Starc and to add to that, he moves the ball too. Virat Kohli will be attacked with a few slips, given that there is possibility of rain and Cummins will fancy his chances against the Indian Captain as he will try and cover his weakness against the channel just outside the off stump. However, if Virat does survive the initial onslaught, he could go on to make a big score. Rahul did stun the selectors with a ton in the last practice match but this will be a different ballgame, and Rahul has no experience of facing quality pace on such big a stage, neither does Kedar Jhadav. Thus, if the top order batsmen do get out cheaply, the onus will be on Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The man, who has done it all, has more often than not come good for India, but he too has a few chinks in his armor and Australia will definitely have him face Adam Zampa early on, given that Dhoni’s weakness against leg spin is a known fact. Even in the IPL, Zampa had often got the better of Dhoni.
The bowling will be led by Bumrah. He was excellent in the last match and consistent as he is, the same can be expected of him tomorrow. Bhuvi was good in the first match as well, getting the ball to seam off the pitch, even though there was not much swing in the air. Oval might just have bit more for him and that might see him picking early wickets with Bumrah which will be a huge plus for India. The spin twins too did a good job in the last match, Chahal in particular. India will again depend on the duo to spread the spin web and trap the big hitters of the opposition like Maxwell and Stoinis. The fifth bowler of the team- Pandaya and the par timer Jhadav, if he bowls at all, will have to make sure that they do not let the batsmen off the hook once the main bowlers take a break.
Australia: They made heavy weather of their last match against the Windies, but the fact that they did get over the line in the end goes on to prove that, someone or other in the team will raise their hand and take responsibility and it was Coulter-Nile with the bat in the last match. And that is probably the USP of the team. Both the openers and Khawaja had failed to deal with the pace and movement of Cottrell and Thomas; then walked in the disgraced erstwhile Captain Smith and along with Carey played a gritty innings. However, the real story began once Carey got out. Coulter Nile, known more for his bowling than his batting smashed 92 of 60 balls and the Aussie had 288 on the board
The Aussies were not expected to be a major player in this campaign, especially given how they had played in the last few months, sans Warner and Smith. But two matches into World Cup, their ‘baggy green’ is shining bright and that old aggressiveness in almost recognizable again. And the bowling headed by the express pace of Starc, Cummins and Coulter-Nile has lot to do with it. If Bumrah is consistent for India, Starc is the anchor of the Aussie ship. Cummins back him up superbly and Coulter-Nile will never let the pressure slack once the opening bowlers are done with their first spells. And what makes them even more dangerous is the fact that all of them are a handful with the bat. Zampa will be important and it will be test for the young spinner too. Can he manage to hold his own in pitches which offer little for the spinners against an opposition good at playing spin?
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India: I don’t expect India to make a change after winning the last match.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, K.L Rahul, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandaya, Kedhar Jhadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Chahal, Bumrah.
Australia: I wouldn’t make a change here either, however, there are some talks around bring Kane Richardson for Coulter-Nile, given he did go for a few extra runs in the last match. Surprise, surprise, Kane can bat too! That will be, however, unfair.
David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stonis, Alex Carey (WK), Coulter Nile/ Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Stark, Adam Zampa.
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This is a big match in the tournament and a very difficult one to predict, however, the toss will be an important factor. The team winning the toss will want to bowl first in order to extract some swing early on and India would do so as they prefer to chase a target rather than setting one.
It will ultimately come down to the bowlers, which team will be able to get through the 10 wickets of the opposition faster. I will want to side with India as the batsmen are better skilled and don’t have any problem handling the pace and bounce once they are set.