India vs Australia Match Prediction: The Sportsrush present before you Match Prediction of 2019 World Cup Match 14 between IND and AUS.
Scripting a sensational turnaround in March of 2019 against India, the immense fighting spirit Australia showed saw them once again be regarded as one of the front-runners for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Ever since then, the side has welcomed back Steve Smith and David Warner to their side, two players who have taken centrestage since coming back.
And Australia have only ever since gone onto build from that momentum garnered against India. They’ve won both their opening encounters in the tournament, trashing Afghanistan before eventually showing immense heart to scrape throw a win against West Indies.
It’s this narrative which is bound to make Sunday’s clash an enthralling one. India will be out for revenge against Australia, looking to quell a stunning upset they were on the receiving end of earlier this year. They’ve themselves started the tournament on the strongest footing, pummeling South Africa in their tournament opener by 6 wickets.
India vs Australia – What numbers suggest?
We’ve seen 136 matches be contested between the two sides in a rivalry which has kept us on the hinges throughout the years.
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) June 8, 2019
Regarded as one of the fiercest and most competitive cricket match in the world, Australia are clear cut winners in this with the 77 wins to their name. India come second by some margin with 49 wins for themselves while we’ve seen 10 matches being abandoned due to murky weather conditions.
India vs Australia – Key Battles
Rohit Sharma vs Mitchell Starc
The first key battle features the two players who emerged as the star performers for their side in their previous match. Both regaled us in some absolutely intriguing performances, Rohit with his 100 and Starc with a riveting five-wicket haul against West Indies.
Playing on the Kennington Oval, Starc’s opening spell against Rohit is going to be all the more importance. With a sluggish, flat and completely batting conducive surface expected, Australia will be well aware of the threat Rohit offers once he’s applied himself in the middle.
The only way to send him packing early on is by unleashing Starc against him and pitching ball in the middle stump channel before eventually getting it to deviate away from his off-stump. The moving ball perturbs Rohit who likes to fetch at the widish delivery, often miscuing it into the slip region or a fielder inside the close in region.
Yuzvendra Chahal vs Glenn Maxwell
Over the period of the last couple of months, Yuzvendra Chahal has stepped up as India’s premier spinner as Kuldeep Yadav takes a step back. He’s worked on his line and length, using immense drift and turn to leave batsmen flummoxed on how to play him.
What Chahal has been using to his advantage recently is giving the ball plenty of air and getting it to turn right in the good length region, something which is bound to trouble Maxwell. Maxwell has traditionally disliked facing him as well, losing his wicket thrice to Chahal in the five matches the two have played against each other.
The importance of Maxwell’s wicket increases ever so more given that he makes up a part of the middle-order which is at the moment looking paper thin at best. He’s bound to walk in at a time when Chahal is operating and if he is unable to negotiate the massive spin Chahal is bound to generate, the spinner will be fancying his chances at getting a LBW decision or enticing Maxwell into a big shot.
India vs Australia – What numbers suggest?
For Australia, the tournament couldn’t have started off in any more fruitful fashion. They are only one of the two sides along New Zealand to have a 100% winning record but in India they are going to come up against their sternest challenge till date. Their top-order was unstable against the stinging well directed bouncers which West Indies kept nickering down their way and Bumrah will be eyeing the same areas.
The composition of these two sides is almost identical. Both heavily rely on their top three batsmen to come good for them along with two frontline pacers to give them early breakthroughs.
At the end of the day, this is going to be a right cracker of a match which is bound to go down till the closing overs. We see India just about pulling through given their better spin department and Australia’s aberrations against spin well documented.