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India will be up against the reigning World Champions Australia at the Oval on Sunday.

Written By Karthik Nair | Mumbai | Updated On:

India will be up against the reigning World Champions Australia at the Oval on Sunday.
Update at 23:15
5 months ago | June 14, 2019 16:36

India register their second straight win in World Cup 2019 as they overcome Australia by 36 runs.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 23:15

Bhuvi runs out Mitchell Starc.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 23:10

Bumrah picks up his third wicket as India inch closer to victory.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 23:00

India in command after Nathan Coulter-Nile's wicket.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 22:49

Glenn Maxwell holes out to Ravindra Jadeja to put Aussies in a spot of bother.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 22:29

Bhuvi's beauty gets rid of Marcus Stoinis for a duck.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 22:23

Relief for India as Steve Smith departs

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 22:20

Jasprit Bumrah castles Usman Khawaja to bring India back in the game.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 22:03

Steve Smith scores his second straight half-century.

After 34 overs, Australia are 180/2.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 21:51

Boundaries hard to come by for Australia.

After 30 overs, Australia are 155/2.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 21:35

David Warner's wicket brings India right back in the contest. Warner departs for a well-made 56.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 21:16

David Warner's fifty provides a good momentum for Australia's run chase

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 20:58

India break the opening partnership with skipper Aaron Finch's wicket.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 20:23

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has the company of his hero Sunil Gavaskar and batting partner Virender Sehwag as the batting superstars strike a pose.

 

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 20:17

Australia keep their wickets intact in the Powerplay overs.

After 10 overs, Australia are 48/0.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 20:08

Bhuvi bowls yet another tidy over.

After 5 overs, Australia are 18/0.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 19:44

Another good over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Just two runs from it.

After 3 overs, Australia are 10/0.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 19:35

Jasprit Bumrah concedes a boundary from his over which was the first of the Australian innings.

After 2 overs, Australia are 8/0.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 19:32

The second innings begins! Aaron Finch and David Warner to kickstart Australia's pursuit of 353. Warner faces Bhuvneshwar Kumar!

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 19:25

Outstanding knocks from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli power India to 352/5.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 18:56

Kohli dismissed for 82 as India eye 350-run mark.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 18:50

MS Dhoni departs after a quickfire 14-ball 27.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 18:46

Hardik Pandya departs after playing a stellar cameo.

Updated at 17:58
6 months ago | June 09, 2019 18:26

Skipper Virat Kohli scores his first half-century of this World Cup.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 17:58

Shikhar Dhawan falls after a marvellous knock.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 17:46

India surpass 200 before the 35th over.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 17:33

Shikhar Dhawan's  fantastic ton puts India in command.

After 33 overs, India are 190/1.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 17:25

India scoring at a brisk rate.

After 30 overs, India are 170/1.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 17:13

Dhawan, Kohli rebuild for India.

India are 136/1 at the halfway stage.

Updated at 16:46
6 months ago | June 09, 2019 16:53

A wicket maiden from Nathan Coulter-Nile.

After 23 overs, India are 127/1.

Updated at 16:43
6 months ago | June 09, 2019 16:46

Rohit Sharma departs after a well-made 57.

After 22.3 overs, India are 127/1.

16:32
6 months ago | June 09, 2019 16:43

The Hitman continues his splendid form in the World Cup. Registers yet another half-century.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 16:32

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma put on a century run opening stand.

After 19 overs, India are 100/0.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 16:27

Shikhar Dhawan returns to form with a superb half-century.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 16:20

The Hitman hits the first maximum of the match. India accelerating at the right time.

After 17 overs, India are 90/0.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 16:17

Vijay Mallya in Oval to watch the high-octane contest between India and Australia.

 

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 16:10

He might have hung up his boots long back but the fans still wish to get a glimpse of the Maestro.

 

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 16:08

After his match-winning ton against South Africa in the first game, Rohit Sharma has now added yet another feather in his cap.

 

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 16:02

Rohit, Dhawan welcome Adam Zampa in style. 11 runs conceded from the over.

After 12 overs, India are 55/0.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 15:56

India keep their wickets intact after the first Powerplay.

After 10 overs, India are 41/0.

 

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 15:47

India break the shackles in Nathan Coulter-Nile's first over. 14 runs from the over.

After 8 overs, India are 36/0.

6 months ago | June 09, 2019 15:37

Indian batsmen taking some time to settle down as the fast bowling duo of Starc and Cummins bowl well in tandem.

After 7 overs, India are 22/0.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 15:31

Aussie bowlers keeping Indian batsmen at bay.

After 4 overs, India are 11/0.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 15:18

Pat Cummins bowls another impressive over. Just two runs from it.

After 3 overs, India are 9/0.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 15:15

Mitchell Starc bowls a decent over. Gives away only five runs.

After 2 overs, India are 7/0.

6 months ago | June 09, 2019 15:09

A decent first over by Cummins. Just two runs off it.

India are 2/0 after 1 over.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 15:05

Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan walk out to the middle as we get ready to kick off.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 14:58

The fans are leaving no stone unturned in supporting the Men In Blue.

 

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 14:53

Here are the Playing XI of both sides.

 

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 14:39

India have won the toss at the Oval and will be batting first.

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 14:35

What should Virat Kohli do if India wins the toss?

 

6 months ago | June 09, 2019 14:23

The Indian Team involve in a huddle as they try to figure out their strategies one more time before the big battle begins.

 

Update at 13:44
6 months ago | June 09, 2019 14:16

Team India are on their way to the Oval. The players can be seen coming out of the hotel as the fans will be expecting nothing less than a win over the reigning World Champions Australia.

 

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 13:48

As the Men In Blue gear up to take on Australia, Team India's head coach Ravi Shastri can be seen discussing something important with vice-captain Rohit Sharma. Will we witness yet another ton from the Hitman today?

 

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6 months ago | June 09, 2019 13:44

Ahead of India's clash against the World Champions Australia, here's why  skipper Virat Kohli is all geared up.

 

6 months ago | June 09, 2019 13:37

India will be up against the reigning World Champions Australia at the Oval on Sunday. The 'Men In Blue' will be charged up after their six-wicket win over South Africa in the opening encounter while Australia will be aiming for a hat-trick of wins. Aussies head into this contest after impressive wins over Afghanistan and West Indies respectively. At the same time, India will be eager to avenge their loss in the 1999 World Cup against the Aussies at the same venue.

When it comes to head-to-head World Cup encounters, Australia are way ahead of India with an 8-3 victory margin in 11 games. Australia had beaten India in the finals of the 2003 edition comprehensively. Meanwhile, India had ended Australia's 12-year long World Cup reign in 2011 to become the eventual champions. Four years later, the Aussies would turn the tables on the 'Men In Blue' before going on to re-establish their supremacy in World Cricket once again. 

READ: World Cup 2019 | Innings Against South Africa Was One Of My Best, Says Rohit Sharma

Having struggled in the past one year after suspensions of Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia finally seemed to have picked their pieces and are playing exactly like a five-time champions ought to.

This will certainly be a cause of worry for India, who lost their ODI series at home during the last bilateral encounter and are still in search of a perfect combination both in batting and bowling.

Skipper Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja also got a grip of Kedar Jadhav's side-arm off-spin and this will certainly force the captain and coach to explore options.

With the presence of the two talismans in the opposition ranks, India may have to tweak their playing XI, keeping the Oval pitch and the overcast conditions in mind. They have already served warning signals with a half-century each in their first two games.

Mohammed Shami, who was dropped from the playing XI against South Africa, is likely to make a comeback in the playing XI. Shami was dropped purely for strategic reasons because of the Proteas' inability to counter the two wrist spinners.

But the current Australian team could be more susceptible against the pace of Jasprit Bumrah and craft of Shami.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who looked rusty during his first spell against South Africa, was impressive in the second, with a couple of wickets to show for his effort.

In case India decide to retain both the wrist spinners and get Shami in the playing XI, then Bhuvneshwar will have to make way.

And in case one of the two spinners is dropped, then Chahal, despite his four-wicket-haul might make way for Kuldeep, who has had better success rate against the Australians.

Kuldeep is expected to be more effective because of the bounce and dip that he gets apart from his stock delivery being the one that will leave the left-handers.

The other issue could be Kedar's place as his side-arm off-breaks may just not be as effective on an Oval pitch with true bounce, where batsmen can line him up for big hits.

In that case Vijay Shankar, with his wicket-to-wicket seam-up stuff and steady batting, could come into consideration. Kedar have had problems against raw pace and disconcerting bounce, which an in-form Mitchell Starc will dish out in abundance.

The movement off the pitch from back of length has created problems for the left-hander and possibly he will get a couple of more games before Rahul is brought up the order and Shankar slotted at number four.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Jason Behrendorff, Kane Richardson.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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