Kohli says, “good track, but it’s a used surface, so best conditions to bat and put runs on the board. The bowling attack can get into the attack in the second half. The batsmen chasing will be wary, and scoreboard pressure may count. It’s been overcast everywhere, but today it’s sunny, so no brainer to bat first. We think the pitch will play nicely. At the Oval, when the sun is out, you invariably bat first. No change because we have depth and balance. The team is in good spirits.”
says Finch, “I would have batted first, same reasons as Virat. A winning run (of 10 games straight) helps with the confidence, but in a World Cup, you’re playing different teams so not like a bilateral. Different kind of pressure. Going with the same XI, and we are confident of it despite not a superb game in Nottingham against West Indies.”
Watch Aus v Ind cricket highlights videos today – 14th match, ICC Cricket World Cup from Kennington Oval, London (England) Sunday, 9-6-2019.
India v Australia Icc Cricket World Cup 2019 Highlights
India won the toss and will bat first.
S Dhawan, RG Sharma (c), V Kohli, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni †, HH Pandya, KM Jadhav, B Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, YS Chahal, JJ Bumrah.
DA Warner, AJ Finch (c), UT Khawaja, SPD Smith, GJ Maxwell, MP Stoinis, AT Carey †, NM Coulter-Nile, PJ Cummins, MA Starc, A Zampa.
Given Australia’s troubles against the short ball against West Indies, India could look to bring Mohammed Shami – who can hurry batsmen with the bouncer, as he showed during a six-wicket haul in the Perth Test in December – into their attack. Who could he come in for, though? Bhuvneshwar Kumar would be the obvious option, but without him, India’s tail will begin at No. 8, unless they also replace one of the wrist-spinners with Ravindra Jadeja. Playing all three quicks could also be an option if the conditions point in that direction.
The Oval has been among the most high-scoring grounds in England since the 2015 World Cup, and a flat pitch can be expected once again. The weather is expected to be dry with a bit of wind about. Australia have played the same XI in both their games so far, and though some of their players haven’t hit top form just yet, there isn’t a compelling reason to make any changes just yet.
Match Timings: 10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00 Interval 14.00-14.30, Second Session 14.30-18.00
Umpires – Chris Gaffaney, Ian Gould
TV Umpires – Nigel Llong
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Match number – ODI no. 4155