Can Australia get closer to semifinal berth?
After winning comprehensively against South Africa, India will play against Defending champions for their second game, Though they are playing against defending champions, they are red hot favorites in this match. Australia had a rough last year. but recovered just before world cup. they have both of their games in this year’s ICC world cup.
India will be unchanged after the win against South Africa. Shikhar Dhawan’s form is a worrying sign for India. He failed in three consecutive occasions. Kohli also not in greatest of forms for his standards. Rohit has played his best innings in his last outing according to Virat Kohli. He received good support from Dhoni from the other end. Indian bowling was satisfactory against Proteas. So unchanged bowling attack is expected irrespective of pitch. If we go by past matches at this venue in this year’s world cup. England scored just above 300 in curtain raiser of the tournament . It was good enough to provide hosts a comprehensive win. Second match at this venue, between New Zealand and Bangladesh, also replicated that the pitch has something to offer to every department. Rahul couldn’t lay a long innings in last game when team needed him.
Australia showed their old flare in last game. They recovered from a position where they lost 5 wickets for just 78 runs. Coulter Nile who came in at no 8 scored 90 to take Australia near 300. Steve smith played anchor role but fell prey to one of the best catches of tournament from Sheldon Cottrell. But it was Maxwell’s catch which gave Aussies hopes. Australia has plenty of positives to take from their last game. Australia already have two wins in their kitty
- India to score More than 300 runs if they bat first.
- Starc to pick more than two wickets.