India to face Australia in its second World Cup Match today

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File Photo: Southampton: India's captain Virat Kohli, right, shares a light moment with his teammates in the nets during a training session ahead of their Cricket World Cup match against South Africa at Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP/PTI Photo)

File Photo: Southampton: India’s captain Virat Kohli, right, shares a light moment with his teammates in the nets during a training session ahead of their Cricket World Cup match against South Africa at Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP/PTI Photo)

India will face defending champions Australia in its second match of ICC World Cup 2019 today.

India was clinical in their six-wicket victory against a depleted South Africa while Australia, who have raised their game in the last couple of months, were professional against Afghanistan and brilliant in their come-from-behind victory against the West Indies.

Having struggled in the past year after suspensions of Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia finally seemed to have picked their pieces and are playing exactly like a five-time champions
ought to.

In the last series, the Australians effectively nullified India’s spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal on the flat sub-continental decks, sans Warner and Smith.

Skipper Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja also got a grip of Kedar Jadhav’s side-arm off-spin and this will certainly force the captain and coach to explore options.

With the presence of the two talismans in the opposition ranks, India may have to tweak their playing XI, keeping the Oval pitch and the overcast conditions in mind. They have already served warning signals with a half-century each in their first two games.

Mohammed Shami, who was dropped from the playing XI against South Africa, is likely to make a comeback in the playing XI.

(PTI)