India will open their 2023 World Cup campaign with a blockbuster match against Australia to be played at M Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on 8th October. Men in Blue has been in excellent form of late with brilliant performances in the ODI series against Australia and winning the Asia Cup title.
Rohit Sharma and Co have not ruled Shubman Gill out of the first encounter as he is suffering from dengue fever. If Shubman Gill is not fit enough, Ishan Kishan could open the innings and provide a good start along with Rohit Sharma.
On the other hand, Australia would also look for a positive start as they have a habit of increasing when it comes to World Cups. They have a well-settled unit and hope for a flying start as Travis Head will not take part in the first half of the tournament.
Details– India vs Australia, Match 5, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
Venue– M Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Date and Time– 8th October 2023, 2.00 PM IST
Australia and India faced a total of 149 matches in One-day internationals between them. The Aussies won 83 matches while India registered 56 victories while 10 yielded in no-result.
Both teams have met each other 12 times since 1983. Australia has won 8 times while India won on 4 occasions. The last time these two teams met in the 2019 edition of the World Cup, MS Dhoni and Co registered a 36-run victory.
The pitch at Chennai initially helps the pacers as it becomes a good pitch. As the match progresses, the spinners might have an effect as stroke-making could not be done, and hitting big shots would become tough.
A total of 23 matches have been played at this venue with the team batting first has won 14 times while the team chasing won only 8 times. The captain that wins the toss would likely bat first and put pressure on the opponent with their bowling.
India (Ind) vs Australia (Aus)- Predicted Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill/Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah.
David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (C), Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa.
Fantasy Team Selection- Ind vs Aus
Team 1– Rohit Sharma (C), David Warner, Shreyas Iyer, Marnus Labuschagne (VC), KL Rahul, Cameron Green, Hardik Pandya, Alex Carey, Ravindra Jadeja, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins.
Team 2– Shubman Gill, Mitchell Marsh, Virat Kohli (C), Steve Smith, Suryakumar Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Starc (VC), Kuldeep Yadav, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj.