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World Cup 2019, Match14- IND Vs AUS, Preview: Heavyweight Teams Gear Up For A Massive Clash

When the majority of the teams are about to play their third game in the exciting World Cup 2019 carnival, India is gearing up to take part in just their second encounter. In the 14th game of the 50-overs quadrennial tournament, five-time champions Australia will be squaring off with India at The Kennington Oval on June 9, Sunday. Both these teams are coming into this match after recording brilliant victories in their respective previous outings. Thus, the confidence is pretty high in both the camps and they would be hoping to keep the winning momentum.

India’s backstory

The Men in Blue are arriving into this game after registering a comprehensive six-wicket win over the South African team in Southampton. And now a bigger challenge awaits the Virat Kohli-captained teams as the two-time champions will be facing the five-time winners. India will be aiming to take the revenge of the home series defeat suffered at the hands of Australia earlier this year. The biggest positive that India gained from the previous win against South Africa was Rohit Sharma’s fantastic form arrival.

The Indian opener stroked a fabulous match-winning hundred to take his team home and kick off their campaign on a positive note. However, the victory was set up by the bowlers as the duo comprising of Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal delivered sensational spells with the ball to rattle the Proteas batsmen.

Australia’s backstory

Australia are also a pretty confident unit coming into this match after sealing a hard-fought victory against the Windies in the last outing. The Aaron Finch-led team also handed a crushing defeat to Afghanistan in their opening game to kick off the World Cup campaign in a stylish fashion. In the batting department, the likes of Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith and Alex Carey have been amongst the runs in either of the games. Nathan Coulter-Nile also played an unbelievable knock and it was none less than a proper batsmen’s innings.

Australia gave a big evidence of their batting depth and firepower in the last match against West Indies as from crumbling situation at 38 for 4, they finished with an imposing total of 288 runs. The biggest gain which Australia received from its previous outing has to be Mitchell Starc’s performance. The left-arm fast bowler picked up a brilliant five-wicket haul to announce himself in this competition.

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India’s likely Playing XI

After recording a comprehensive victory in their last outing, India has absolutely no major reasons to tinker with the winning combination. The in-form Rohit Sharma will open the batting along with Shikhar Dhawan, who will be expected to strike some sort of form. Indian captain Virat Kohli will also be desperate to play a match-winning innings in this big encounter. Although, he didn’t contribute with significant innings, still KL Rahul looked good enough during his stay at the crease and thus, he will retain his place.

Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya will don the finishers’ role. The wrist spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will once again handle the spin bowling department, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are the frontline fast bowlers.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

Australia’s likely Playing XI

No changes are expected in the Australian line-up as well. The pair of skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner will open the batting. Usman Khawaja will take up the crucial number three spot, while the confident Steve Smith will come at four. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are the two all-rounders and they will give the finishing touch as well.

Alex Carey looked in a solid touch in the last match and thus, he could play a good supporting role lower down the order. Adam Zampa will be the lone specialist spinner in the side, while the troika of Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins will form part of the pace bowling attack.

Probable XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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