Man of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan
Battle of the Heavyweights
Our prediction is India will win the match!
India put on a clinical performance against South Africa to win their opening match by 6 wickets. India chased down the total of 228 runs easily against a good South African bowling attack. Rohit Sharma led the chase with an unbeaten 122 runs and played a gem of a knock on testing conditions. MS Dhoni and KL Rahul played useful cameos in the middle partnering Rohit Sharma.
Skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan failed to make an impact with the bat. Indian bowlers were exceptional last match with Jasprit Bumrah bowling an excellent spell in the powerplay getting rid of both South African openers. The wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav came to the fore in middle overs snaring five wickets between them. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was very economical with the ball and took two wickets in the far end of the match.
Australia will be delighted with their victory against the West Indies after being in a position of 38/4. Steve Smith batted with excellent control and poise amid the continuous fall of wickets around him. He scored 73 runs and was played out the testing conditions early on. Alex Carey played a good hand with his cameo of 45 runs. Nathan Coulter-Nile scored his career-best 92 runs in just 60 balls coming in at No.8 position. Australia eventually ended their innings with a good score of 288 runs. Mitchell Starc was at his best bowling with good pace and rhythm and attacking the batsmen. Starc took five wickets and his wickets at the death sealed the match for Australia. Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa bowled good spells in the middle troubling the batsmen consistently. Skipper Aaron Finch`s rotation of bowlers was very impressive last match and his bowlers responded with wickets at crucial times.
Virat Kohli – Virat Kohli is the most consistent player in the ODI format for the last 4-5 years. He will be looking to make an impact in this World Cup too. He has been good against the Australian team lately.
Jasprit Bumrah – Bumrah set the tone of the match with his opening burst of 5-0-13-2. He was consistently threatening the batsmen with his pace and accuracy. Bumrah is set to make a huge impact this season.
Rohit Sharma – 122* runs, Strike rate – 85, 100s-1
Yuzvendra Chahal – 4 wickets, Economy – 5.1 RPO, BB -4/51
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (Wk), Kedhar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
YS Chahal, Virat Kohli, Lokesh Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, JJ Bumrah, MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya
Steve Smith – Steve Smith`s responsible knock set the platform for Australia`s batting last match. He guided his team in tough and testing conditions and scored a valiant 73 runs. He is a classy batsman who can play well in all conditions.
Mitchell Starc – Starc was brilliant with the ball especially in the death overs. He took 3 wickets in his last two over’s giving away just one run. His final spell sealed the match in favor of Australia.
David Warner– 92 runs, Avg. -46, Strike rate – 75, HS-88*, 50s-1
Mitchell Starc – 6 wickets, Economy – 4.5 RPO, BB – 5/46
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
Aaron Finch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, Steven Smith, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Kennington Oval is a good batting surface where the batsmen will score a lot of runs. Teams scored more than 300 runs in three out of four innings in first two matches. But, the pitch was on the slower side and was aiding spinners in the last match. The weather on the match day looks partly cloudy with just 15-20% chances of rain as per the forecast.
Both teams will look to put the opposition team to bat and test their batsmen in overcast conditions early in the match. Teams are confident to chase down any big total nowadays and both teams are good at chasing games.
Despite Australia`s good record in World Cups and a recent good showing against India, we expect the Indian team to win. Both teams are equally skilled and talented players but India has better spin bowling resources which tilt the match in their favor. This will be cracking contest between two quality sides in the 2019 World Cup.