The two heavy weights India and Australia will lock horns on Sunday at the Oval, with Virat Kohli led team India desperate to lay down a marker against the five time champions. India are the only team to have denied the Aussies the World Cup trophy in the past five World Cups.
Starc vs Kohli
Virat Kohli is the world’s best batsman in the 50 over format and as well as in the Tests while Mitchell Starc who just became the fastest bowler to achieve 150 wickets in ODI is Australia’s pace spearhead. Kohli was out for just 18 runs in india’s campaign opener against South Africa but averages more than 53 against Australia in ODI’s.
Starc, who took five wickets in Australia’s win over the Windies, well be given an additional role of picking early wickets, with kohli being the main target.
"When he's got his rhythm and his form is good, he's definitely the best around -- I think that is without question," said former Australia captain Allan Border.
Warner vs Bhumrah
Australian opener David Warner after his mind blowing performance in the IPL 2019, looks better than ever before, after smashing unbeaten 89 runs in Australia,s campaign opener against Afghanistan.
But this time around the left handed batsman will be facing India’s pacer Jasprit Bhumrah, who is the number one ranked bowler in the ICC ranking. Bhumrah who leads the Indian bowling attack manifested his abilities in India’s win against South Africa on Wednesday with his two early wickets.
South African opener Amla called him “one hell of a bowler” after the 25 year old sent the veteran batsman to the pavilion early in the game.
Zampa vs Chahal
Adam Zampa Australia’s new spin sansation is expected to make a mark against India, fifteen of his 64 ODI wickets have come against India.
His Indian counterpart Yuzvendra Chahal is seen as one of the key wicket takers for India along with his partner Kuldeep Yadav.
Chahal who took four wickets for India in the clash against the Proteas, will now be looking to demolish the Aussies.
“Chess has taught me patience and planning," he said. "When you play chess you normally plan 15 to 16 moves in advance."