ICC Cricket World Cup : India Vs Australia

ICC Cricket World Cup : India Vs Australia

Cup : India Vs Australia

A total of four questions were posed to Shreyas Iyer at the post-match presser in Mohali, three out of them being about the biggest collapse in the history of IPL. If Iyer really had the answers, Delhi Capitals would now be sitting at the top of the table with four out of four wins. They don't, and "right now have broken hearts," according to Mohammad Kaif.
There's a sombre atmosphere around the South African camp on the eve of their game against India. When it rains it pours, as the saying goes. Dale Steyn being ruled out has forced them to reconsider their plans for the World Cup as skipper Faf du Plessis admitted. Lungi Ngidi, too, is out for at least ten days. That means that one of the few teams hinging on a bowling-first plan in the World Cup will now turn to its all-rounders to cover up the gaps.

Du Plessis is no stranger to adversity as a skipper but even for him, this first World Cup assignment as a leader has started off like a beginner's guide to Murphy's law. It must help South Africa that they have a man as capable as du Plessis leading the side, and putting up a brave face. They're still docked with two games done, and are attempting to set sail at a place infamous for its Titanic connection. Woe be him, you'd think, but du Plessis is already on top of that.

 the other side of the coin is Virat Kohli, also readying to lead for the first time in a World Cup. Incidentally, it was for Virat Kohli's team that Steyn played in the IPL and injured himself, and forcing du Plessis to ponder that what-if on Tuesday. Kohli began with a sigh of relief that India were finally getting into the matches, as he addressed the press. Compared to what du Plessis has on his plate, Kohli's problems are near empty. But if there are lessons to learn from his counterpart, it would be about the importance of starting a tournament like the World Cup on a positive note.

When: June 5, 2019 at 10:30 AM Local Time, 15:00 IST

Where: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

What to expect: Conditions are chilly and the morning start could mean that there'll be something for the pacers early on. Rain is forecast on the match day, so you could expect a few stoppages


Will it be Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Mohammed Shami as India's second pacer? That's the million dollar question ahead of the game. The No. 4 question, meanwhile, has been put to rest by KL Rahul hundred in the warm-up and Kedar Jadhav's return to full fitness. Bhuvneshwar could have an edge going into this game if India prefer two wrist spinners against South Africa, against whom they've had success before.

Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah


Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah


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