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India vs Australia: A Pre-Match Analysis

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India and Australia have a long history of meeting at the World Cup. One of the more recent encounters included the 2003 World Cup Final which India lost. The 2011 World Cup saw India beat Australia in the semi-finals to go on and eventually lift the title. The last edition saw Australia take revenge when they beat India in the semi-finals and went on to lift the title.

India come into the side as strong favourites. Australia themselves have found some form of late, winning their last 10 ODI’s on the run, the first three of which came against India in the bilateral series held in India.

Australia have won five World Cups and even though they are not the favourites to lift the title, you never write the Aussies off. They have an exemplary performance at World Cup and know what it takes to win.

With Justin Langer and three time world cup winner Ricky Ponting within their ranks, they bring a wealth of experience between them to the table, which might just make a difference.

Australia appear much stronger with the addition of David Warner and Steve Smith, who will both be hungry to prove themselves on the grandest stage of all, having already made runs in this tournament, both ending up in contributing to Australia’s wins over Afghanistan and England.

The weak link in their batting seems to be the form of the middle order. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, who have yet to make an impact in this tournament. India have an inform Rohit Sharma who comes into the game after a blistering hundred in his first outing against South Africa. Virat Kohli missed out in the first game and one can expect he will be looking to come back strong in a game of this magnitude. One can expect MS Dhoni to do what MS Dhoni does, and take the team over the finishing line.

Australia’s bowling is undoubtedly one of the best in this competition and their fast bowlers have been in fine form coming into this match. Mitchell Starc will be fresh coming off a five wicket haul, and becoming the quickest bowler to reach 150 wickets. His partner in crime, Pat Cummins has been in sublime form himself for the better part of last year, who along with Starc will look to make inroads into the Indian Top order, and squeeze out their runs.

India’s Jasprit Bumrah will have a similar job, but will be full of confidence himself having played a magnificent game against SA. Kuldeep Yadav had a reasonably good performance which will definitely encourage Indian fans but Yuzvendra Chahal’s performance will give India a lot of confidence.

India boast a proper wicket taking line-up and will be looking to pick up early wickets through Bumrah and Bhuveshwar Kumar. Come the middle overs, they look to Kuldeep and Chahal to get those wickets, the way they did against South Africa.

Both sides are currently undefeated in this tournament, but someone’s record will get tainted tonight. Will it be the Blue brigade or the current champions? Only time will tell.

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