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India vs Australia WC19 Match Preview

London's been undergoing a phase of de-Australianisation so rapid over the last decade that the population of Antipodeans in the city has halved in that time. Locals insist that nowhere has the decline of the Australian been more evident than in the disappearance and forced shutdowns of many walkabout bars that at one point were the bulwarks of those from Down Under who made this city their base to Europe. In that same time, and not to anyone's surprise, the Indian population has continued to rise incessantly to an extent where the most common country of birth after England amongst Londoners is India.

And those among them who haven't been fortunate or foresighted enough to fill up The Oval on Sunday (June 9) will make their presence felt in their usual sanctuaries of Southall or Wembley. But you wonder how much of an Australian fervour London will witness on Sunday, whether on the ground or around the city. There aren't enough of them around anymore and just maybe even the remaining walkabout bars might end up being taken over by a more Indian flavour.

In contrast to the Australians' weakening links to London, their cricketing rivalry with India has only got more and more intense. For all the hype around India's encounter with Pakistan next Sunday, it's their run-in with Australia that ends up generating more intrigue. For, it's a rivalry where cricket ends up being the focal point. So much so that even the mind games and banter around the contest end up being around cricket. And so do the match-ups. It does have a little to do with just how often India and Australia end up playing each other in 50-over cricket in recent times. But the fact that the clash still continues to create interest each time, just tells you how marquee the rivalry has become. And so have the match-ups between the key players across both teams.

Let's take skipper Aaron Finch and his issues against both Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. "Steve Smith seems to change his technique every couple of balls at times, depending on what he's facing. That's just not a huge strength of mine, to be able to do that," said Aaron Finch in his pre-match press conference. It'd be interesting to see how Finch has changed his technique against the delivery that shapes into him, and has dismissed him so often. Nobody has exploited that chink in Finch's batting as much as Bhuvneshwar, who has got him out four times with that, just in 2019.

Across the board is Shikhar Dhawan, who averages a measly 5 against the left-arm pace of Mitchell Starc, having been dismissed twice in 24 balls. Starc could also be a big threat against Rohit Sharma who has been dismissed 10 times by left-arm pace and it's no wonder then that a day ahead of the game, Khaleel Ahmed had an extended bowling session against the Indian batsmen, as did Nuwan Seneviratne (India's left-arm throwdown specialist) helping them prepare for what lies ahead.

When: Australia vs India, June 9, 10:30 Local, 15:00 IST

Where: Kennington,The Oval, London

What to expect: The weather's been stereotypically fickle around England over the last couple of days. Bouts of heavy rain have been followed by bright sunshine, and the stiff breeze has made it rather challenging for every non-local to get used to. And it wasn't surprising to hear Kuldeep Yadav inquiring about the weather for Sunday. India have historically got cold feet against the Australians in World Cups, and haven't won a league match against their arch-rivals since 1987. But a packed Oval, swarming with blue, should be the perfect venue for them to turn the corner and put one over Finch & Co.

Team News WC19:

Australia: This is a contest that could get India thinking about their combinations. Kuldeep Yadav has admitted that Shaun Marsh is one of the few players who has played him really well, especially when India went to Australia. Marsh has a strike-rate of 92.19 against Kuldeep, and even better has been Usman Khawaja who averages 94 against the wrist-spinner. And it might be good enough to keep him in the playing XI despite his untoward knock against the West Indians, which will ensure the Indians target him with bouncers. The only other change they might contemplate is more weather-driven, and a gloomy morning could well get Australia to harbour thoughts of giving Jason Behrendorff a go, considering he's got a good record against Rohit and Kohli.

Probable XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja/Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

India: Australia's lack of trouble against Kuldeep might not be the only reason why India could consider Ravindra Jadeja as an option. Jadeja's inclusion will strengthen the lower-order batting significantly, and also open the door for Mohammed Shami to come in, thereby adding a lot more sting to the bowling attack, in addition the kind of pace that the West Indians used to unsettle the Australians in Nottingham.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav/Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Did you know?

- Australia lead India 8-3 in World Cups - the joint most wins by a team against an opponent in the history of tournament

- India and Australia have played a World Cup match at The Oval in 1999, which was won by Australia (by 77 runs)

- Australia is the only side against whom Kuldeep averages 30+ (33.26) and has conceded at greater than five per over (6.08).

- Steven Smith's last seven innings in the World Cup: 95, 72, 65, 105, 56*, 18 & 73

What they said:

"We've had success against each other. We had success in Australia, they had success in India recently. But again, tomorrow's game will all depend on how we play on that particular day. I guess it's the same for them, as well, because we have seen one or two individuals can take the game away from you. What we have done in the past is past" - Rohit Sharma.

ICC World Cup 2019 Teams:

India (From): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami
Australia (From): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon

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