India – Australia rivalry is one of the biggest and oldest rivalries in cricketing history. In some ways, they can be considered counterparts of one another. They’re history is studded with international acclaims and achievements. India have played their 2nd highest number of ODIs against Australia while Australia have played their 3rd highest number of ODIs against India. They have a history of heated comments and sledging in almost all their series which is always thrilling to watch. In essence, India might be considered the 2nd major rival of Australia after England. They’ve both got this slight disdain against one another and they don’t hesitate to show it on the field.
Australia – India ODI Battles:
Australia and India have won more ICC international events than all the other teams combined. Australia have won the WC a record 5 times whereas India have become world champions twice. They’ve both ICC Champions Trophy twice. India have lifted the T20 World Cup twice. You can say that their appetites for trophies is similar. In their illustrious history, the two cricketing giants have battled in ODIs 136 times. India won 49 matches while Australia decimated them in 77 contests. 10 matches ended with no result. Australia clearly have an edge when looking at the stats. India and Australia recently had a 5-match ODI series in India. After being victorious in the first two games, Australia came back strong in the last three games to secure a 3-2 win against India in their own backyard. They suffered a defeat even when Australia’s top two batsmen, Smith and Warner weren’t playing. Usman Khawaja was instrumental in steering the Australian side to a series win. This raises serious questions about India’s bowling line-up.
Australia vs. India WC Contest:
Australia and India are set to face off each other in a nail biting contest on 9th June 2019 at The Oval, London. This is the ground where it all began. The first international test match was played here. The ground has hosted 68 matches and is most recently famous for hosting the final of CT 2017. The pitch provides some spin for the bowlers. Leg-spinners have traditionally bowled well here. Both teams are evenly matched. There’s no clear favorite for this clash.
Australia have an already strong squad likely to be made even stronger with Smith and Warner. India have the batting power which can chase any score posted by the opposition. Australia bring Starc and Hazlewood to the table but India have the best ODI bowler Bumrah ready to charge on the opponents. Australia will be hoping to dismiss Sharma, Dhawan and Kohli as early as possible to exert pressure on India whereas India’s game plan would involve utilizing the bowlers well enough to go for minimum possible runs.
Chances of success for both teams are 50-50. They’ve both defeated each other in their backyards recently. Usman Khawaja looks in sublime form now but the top 3 batsmen from India have been scoring runs in bulks. Numbers favor Australia at the moment but a lot will depend upon Smith and Warner’s performance in WC for them to lift the trophy. It’s nearly impossible to determine who will win the match. A lot will depend upon the conditions at that day. May the better team win.