With both teams expected to seriously challenge for this year’s title, and with both having played out an enthralling series just a few months ago, India vs Australia at the Oval is one of the most keenly anticipated matches of this year’s Cricket World Cup. The match is scheduled for June 9 and the live action begins at 10:30 local time.
IND vs AUS, ICC CWC 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Sky Sports, Fox Sports, Star Sports, Ten Cricket, Super Sports, ESPN Caribbean, BTV, GTV, ATN Cricket Plus, Willow TV
Live streaming: Sky Go, Now TV, Hotstar, Kayo, SonyLiv
IND vs AUS Toss Prediction
The trend has been to field first at The Oval with some early-morning dew on the wicket and this could be a big toss to win. Aaron Finch is yet to win a toss in this tournament.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for India vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019...
India Team News & Playing 11
IND Team News
India opted for both frontline spinners for their opening game against South Africa, and were rewarded when Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shared five wickets between them. Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja missed out, with Kedar Jadhav in the all-rounder’s slot at number seven.
IND Key Players
Rohit Sharma recaptured his best batting form at the perfect time, anchoring India’s chase of 228 to beat South Africa in their first game with an unbeaten 122.
Sharma is ranked second in the world ODI rankings and proved exactly why, as he hit 13 fours and two sixes in his innings.
The world number one batsman, captain Virat Kohli, will want to follow suit now after some big innings against Australia in their last two series against each other. Kohli was India’s top scorer in the recent five-game series, scoring 310 runs.
MS Dhoni has also been a recent menace against Australia, leading India to victory in the three-game series down under in January with three half-centuries. He hit 34 in the win against South Africa last time out.
On the bowling front, India also boast the world’s top ODI bowler and Jasprit Bumrah lived up to that billing when he dismissed both South Africa openers and took 2-35 in the opening game. The spinners then took over, with Yuzvendra Chahal claiming 4-51. Chahal took 6-42 against Australia back in January, while Kuldeep took ten wickets in the most recent series.
IND Team Form
India have got back to form in good time, after a small drop just before the World Cup. After their thrilling 3-2 series loss to Australia and a warm-up defeat to New Zealand, India came into the tournament after beating Bangladesh by 95 runs – MS Dhoni and KL Rahul both passing 100.
They then kicked off their World Cup with a six-wicket win against South Africa that owed much to their bowlers. Yuzvendra Chahal took four wickets after Jasprit Bumrah had dismissed both openers to restrict South Africa to 227/9. Rohit Sharma then guided India through the chase with a classy unbeaten 122.
Australia have been unchanged for their opening two wins, with Shaun Marsh, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff and Kane Richardson yet to feature. The quartet may have to bid their time again, with the Aussies likely to stick with their winning formula.
AUS Key Players
Australia’s opening bowlers have already excelled in this tournament, with Pat Cummins taking 3-40 and 2-41 in his two innings and Mitchell Starc following up 1-31 against Afghanistan with 5-46 against West Indies.
Starc’s match-winning spell against the West Indies took him past 150 ODI wickets – the fastest bowler ever to do so (77 matches) as he beat Saqlain Mushtaq’s record by just one game.
Cummins, meanwhile, continued the form he showed against India earlier this year – he claimed 14 wickets as Australia came from behind to claim their 3-2 series win.
Their third front-line paceman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, had earlier starred with the bat instead – smashing 92 from 60 balls to guide Australia to a competitive total after a poor start with the bat.
Steve Smith hit 73, meanwhile, following up the form he showed in the warm-up games – he has now passed 70 in five of his last six innings.
Usman Khawaja was Australia’s top batsman in that series, with two centuries and 383 runs in total, while Aaron Finch starred against Pakistan and David Warner opened the World Cup with an unbeaten 89 against Afghanistan.
AUS Team Form
Australia have kicked off the World Cup with back-to-back wins, continuing their recent upturn in one-day form.
They bowled Afghanistan out for 207 in their first game, before David Warner’s unbeaten 89 led them to a comfortable seven-wicket win.
Against West Indies last time out, they posted 288 – owing much to Steven Smith’s 73 and Nathan Coulter-Nile’s rapid 92 after a bad start. Those runs proved vital too, as Mitchell Starc claimed five wickets and West Indies finished short on 273/9.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
IND : W L L L W
AUS : W W W W W
IND vs AUS Head to Head
India and Australia have seen a lot of each other recently, having already played eight ODIs across two series this year. In the first, MS Dhoni’s well-timed half-centuries in the second and third matches helped India come from behind to win the series 2-1 – Yuzvendra Chahal’s 6-42 also proving key in the decider.
In India, the hosts won the first two games but Usman Khawaja hit two centuries in the final three matches and Pat Cummins was in superb bowling form as Australia won three in a row to claim series victory.
In total, they have now played each other 136 times in ODIs, with India winning 49 and Australia 77. There have also been ten no results.
India vs Australia Betting Odds
India are favourites to beat Australia as they look to make another early statement at this World Cup, which they started as second favourites behind hosts England.
Bet365 are offering 1.80 on an India win and 2.00 on Australia; Betway have priced them at 1.72 and 2.05 respectively.
Virat Kohli may have fallen relatively cheaply in India’s first game, but his ODI record – especially against Australia – speaks for itself. He is 3.00 to be India’s top batsman with both Bet365 and Betway. Rohit Sharma, after his century against South Africa, is 4.00.
Australia have Steve Smith in fine form, meanwhile, and he is 4.50 with both Bet365 and Betway. David Warner is 3.75 with both, while Usman Khawaja is 5.00 with Bet365 after his two centuries in India. Aaron Finch is 4.33.
Jasprit Bumrah is the world’s number one ODI bowler and 3.40 to be India’s top bowler with Bet365. Yuzvendra Chahal took four wickets last time out, however, and could be worth backing at 4.00 with Bet365.Mitchell Starc was Australia’s star last time out and he is 3.75 with Bet365. Pat Cummins is also worth backing at 4.33 with Bet365.
Mitchell Starc was Australia’s star last time out and he is 3.75 with Bet365. Pat Cummins is also worth backing at 4.33 with Bet365.
India vs Australia Prediction
Though they suffered a series defeat when they last met Australia, India boast the top bowler and top two batsmen in ODI cricket. With two of the three already firing, and Virat Kohli regularly excelling against Australia, India can claim victory.
Back India to beat Australia at 1.72 with Betway and 1.80 with Bet365.