Prime News, International and National Sport, Cricket, London (England), June 8:- With two of the best sides in action at the Kennington Oval tomorrow (June 9) at 3 pm, this promises to be a cracker of a match. That both India and Australia come on the back of hard-fought victories gives it a needle edge.
Even though we are still in the early stages of the tournament, this match is critical for it would go a long way in ensuring the winner a place in the semi-final. The two nations have won seven of the 11 Cricket World Cups between them, and both come into this match with 100% records so far in the tournament.
Australia thrashed Afghanistan by 7 wickets in their opener, before grinding out a thrilling win over the West Indies.
India meanwhile, have had to be patient, waiting almost a week for their first taste of the action, but did not disappoint, producing an excellent display to beat South Africa.
This should be a terrific contest. Jasprit Bumrah vs Mitchell Starc. Rohit Sharma vs David Warner. Virat Kohli vs Steve Smith.
India might employ a three-pace attack against Australia on Sunday after watching the defending champion’s top-order struggle against a barrage of bouncers by a hostile West Indies pace battery, feels Ricky Ponting, who is currently the assistant coach of Australia.
Two-time World Cup winning captain Ponting, believed the sight of his boys scurrying for cover might tempt the Indian team management to go with three quicks instead of playing two wrist-spinners.
In front of what will likely be a partisan crowd at The Oval, India may edge it. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)