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M.S. Dhoni's gloves controversy will take centre stage even as India and Australia look to iron out the flaws and bring their best to the table when they lock horns in a marquee World Cup encounter at the Kennington Oval today.
India eased past South Africa in their first game while the Aussies had to struggle against the West Indies. In the end, the Aussies rode on their proven performers and the surprise package in Nathan Coulter-Nile to post a victory.
In their first World Cup tie, the defending champions made short work of lesser lights Afghanistan. India, on the other hand, had leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and pace ace Jasprit Bumrah to thank for their spirited bowling displays to keep South Africa in check.
Kagiso Rabada troubled the Indian top-order a bit with his fiery pace early on, but once the initial phase was over, Rohit Sharma struck a brilliant century with good hands from Dhoni and K.L. Rahul.
Australia, led by Aaron Finch were in a spot of bother after the West Indies pacers made life difficult for them with short-pitched deliveries. It looked at one stage that they would struggle to cross even 150 after batting first, but Steve Smith stemmed the rot for them with a patient 73 before Coulter-Nile played the innings of his life, becoming the highest run-getter at No.8 in a World Cup game with his 60-ball 92.
With the ball, Mitchell Starc picked up figures of 5-44 to become the fastest bowler ever to 150 ODI wickets, but the Aussies were kept on the edge by West Indies batters who were always within sniffing distance of the target until skipper Jason Holder (51) got out.
India will depend on wrist spinners Chahal and Kuldeep to deliver for them with Bumrah being the constant threat for any opposition. The Aussies, on the other hand will want to improve on their top-order batting as the likes of David Warner, Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell were guilty of poor shot selection against the Windies.
Both the teams playing today have some of the best players in the world, which is exactly why you can pick the cream of the crop. From the Indian side, you’ve obviously got to pick Virat Kohli, who is the leading batsman in the world, Rohit Sharma, another formidable and well performing batter and finally, Jaspreet Bumrah, one of the greatest fast bowlers in the tournament this time.
The players from Down Under have a few tricks up their sleeves as well. With names such as Steven Smith, David Warner and Mitchell Starc, they do have an intimidating side. Steven Smith and David Warner are two of the top batsmen this season and chasing a partnership from both of them could be a challenging task for the other side. Mitchell Starc on the other hand is an exceptional bowler who will make the best use of the pitch today.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.