Favourites India take on defending champions Australia on their second encounter in World Cup 2019. Having already defeated South Africa, India will look to make two in two wins after winning the match against Australia.
The Kangaroos, on the other hand, will play their third match of the tournament and will look to make a hat-trick of wins in this tournament. Having already won against Afghanistan and West Indies, the Men in Yellow will look to sure their place in the knock-out stages by defeating India.
India (Probable XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.
Australia (Probable XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
Virat Kohli vs Mitchell Starc
The best batsman in present times and arguably the greatest ODI batsman, Virat Kohli will lead the Indian batting line-up. He will play as the anchor-man and the entire batting order would revolve around him. The fate of India’s conquest rests on Virat Kohli’s shoulder.
Virat has amassed 10861 runs in 220 innings with a stellar average of 59.34. Having his highest score of 183 that came against Pakistan, Virat has scored 41 centuries and 49 fifties. With an S/R of 92.84, he will be the key for Team India while posting or chasing runs.
The Player of the Series in the 2015 edition of the World Cup, Mitchell Starc will try to replicate his heroics in this World Cup too. He is lethal to deal with in the early overs and is equally dangerous in the slog overs too.
Starc became the quickest player to reach to 150 wickets in the last match, reaching the milestone at only his 77th match. With best figures of 6/28 with an economy of 4.94, Starc averages a wicket every 25.5th ball. He also averages 21.09 in ODI cricket.
Even though Starc is a great bowler, yet Team CricWizz feels Virat Kohli’s sheer determination to succeed will help him prevail this battle.
Jasprit Bumrah vs David Warner
Currently, Jasprit Bumrah is the best bowler in all forms of International cricket. The present World No. 1 in ODI rankings, Bumrah has picked wickets at ease irrespective of the place he has played in. Be it India, England, Australia, or South Africa, Bumrah has picked wickets everywhere and has not only managed to pick wickets but has been also able to dominate the batsmen at ease.
He will be the chief wrecker for Team India and would be the go-to bowler for his skipper, Virat Kohli. Playing in his first World Cup match, Bumrah has already picked up 87 wickets in 50 innings with 4 four-wicket hauls and 1 five-wicket haul. With an impressive economy rate of 4.48, Bumrah manages to pick up wickets every 29.4 balls. He further averages a wicket every 22.04 runs of his.
After a year ban from playing competitive cricket, David Warner set stage on fire upon his return against Afghanistan. Being unbeaten on 89, David Warner made sure that Australia had an easy win against the sub-continent side.
Warner has amassed 4435 runs in 106 innings with a high score of 179. He has an average of 43.91 with an S/R of 95.99. Warner has also hit 14 centuries and 18 fifties.
Considering the form Warner is in and with wickets helping the batsmen, we feel David will triumph this battle.
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Both the teams are balanced in all departments and thus it will be difficult to predict the eventual victors. However, what we can predict is that the team batting first will have an advantage over the other and will be more certain to win. Thus, whichever team wins the toss should opt to bat and post a total somewhat near to 330 runs.
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