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India are set to take on Australia on Sunday in a blockbuster of a game. Both the sides are considered favorites to win the title. India had begun their campaign with a win against South Africa. On the other hand, Australia also managed to win two games in as many played.
Both the teams are very strong compared to almost all other teams in the tournament. Australia has the best bowling attack in this World Cup. Meanwhile, India has the best top order batting in the tournament. With both teams yet to be defeated, one of them should be losing points at Oval.
The last time India and Australia played at the same venue in 1999. A Glenn McGrath’s master class saw Indian batting collapse as Australia won the game comfortably by 77 runs. They also went onto win their second World Cup title back then.
A win in this game will be a huge confidence booster for both the teams. However, the woes for Australia and India almost are the same. Lack of contributions from middle order during the last few months.
The return of Steven Smith and David Warner proved a huge difference for Australia in the first two games. David Warner was at his brilliant best against Afghanistan on his comeback game, winning Man of the match title in the process. Meanwhile, Steven Smith played a gritty innings against West Indies and helped Australia put on a decent score.
This propelled Australian bowlers to attack West Indies batsmen. They eventually ended up as winners and are looking strong going into the game against India on Sunday.
India – Well Rounded Side
Indian bowling proved to be the difference in the game against South Africa. The bowling attack worked collectively and ensured that runs are kept in check. They also picked wickets at regular intervals.
This made sure South Africa never got into a rhythm while they were batting. On the other hand, India lost two quick wickets and middle order were exposed. But KL Rahul and MS Dhoni played sensibly around Rohit Sharma. This is the biggest take away for India from their game against South Africa. All in all, both sides look very strong on paper.
Australia are looking like a well balanced side in their first two games. However, lack of contributions from majority of players and over reliance on couple of individuals while batting is their major disadvantage.
Indian batsmen are expected to tackle strong Australian seamers on Sunday. But Indian bowlers could once again prove to be the difference between the two sides. If Indian bowlers can take couple of wickets up front, it could even become a one sided affair.
Expect a decent match with Australia putting effort. But India should win this game, with their experience and ability.