Australia vs. India
|Date & Time||Sunday June 9, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
India 1.80 Australia 2.00
India and Australia both come into this match with 100% records at this year’s World Cup. Australia beat Afghanistan in their opening match and then followed that up with a win over the West Indies. India have only played one match so far which ended in a comfortable victory against South Africa.
Both teams were amongst the pre-tournament favorites prior to the World Cup and have lived up to expectations so far. Their positive starts give this match an added level of significance as they battle it out for a top four spot.
India are the 2ndbest team in the world right now according to the ODI rankings and they showed this as they cruised to victory in their opening match of the tournament. They beat a struggling South Africa side who have now lost all three of their 2019 World Cup matches.
India looked in complete control throughout the match and outplayed the South Africans in every department. Rohit Sharma proved he is in fine form by hitting a sublime 122 runs from 144 balls.
India’s bowlers also impressed. Yuzvendra Chahal claimed figures of 4/51 whilst Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvenshwar Kumar picked up 2 wickets each with some very disciplined bowling.
Australia will be well aware of the threat posed by India as they prepare to face them on Sunday. Australia’s first two World Cup opponents are a few levels below this Indian team so the Aussies must bring their A game if they are to compete.
A comfortable win over Afghanistan was followed up by a less than convincing win against the West Indies. Australia won their opening match by 7 wickets but only just managed to scrape past the West Indies, winning the match by 15 runs.
Australia were put into bat first and collapsed to 48-4 and then 79-5. David Warner, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell all visibly struggled with the fiery West Indian pace attack.
Steve Smith (73) and Alex Carey (45) then steadied the ship with measured innings before Nathan Coulter-Nile smashed 92 from just 79 deliveries to take the game away from the West Indies.
Australia cannot afford a batting collapse of this nature against India. They are a much stronger opponent than the West Indies and will punish the Aussies if they start like they did in their previous match.
Mitchell Starc claimed a five-wicket haul in the last match with figures of 5/46 from his 10 overs. If Australia are to stand a chance against India, Starc must be at the top of his game again.
This should be a close encounter between two great ODI teams but I see India coming out on top. Australia’s fragility was exposed against the West Indies and I expect India’s bowlers to capitalize on this and secure the win for their side.