8.10.2023, 08:30 IST
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium (Chennai)
Head-to-Head Record: India vs. AustraliaIn their illustrious history, India and Australia have locked horns in 149 ODIs. Australia holds the edge with 83 victories, while India has emerged victorious in 56 matches. Additionally, nine matches concluded without a result.
India's DominanceIndia has been in exceptional form recently and currently holds the top ranking in all three cricket formats, according to the latest ICC rankings. In 2023, India has participated in 18 completed matches, losing just five. They have triumphed in series against New Zealand, West Indies, and Australia, in addition to clinching the Asia Cup.
While India's warm-up matches were washed out, this doesn't pose a significant concern as the players received valuable rest and are expected to be fresh for their clash with formidable Australia. A noteworthy aspect of India's recent success is the equal contribution from almost all players.
The selection between Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav adds an intriguing dimension to the team. India boasts two exceptional all-rounders in Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, and Jasprit Bumrah has made a strong recovery from injury, returning to top form.
Australia's AmbitionsAustralia, a five-time World Cup champion, enters the tournament as one of the favorites. However, they have faced recent struggles, enduring a five-match losing streak—a rare occurrence in the team's history. Nevertheless, they regained some confidence by winning their last international fixture against India and defeating Pakistan in a warm-up match.
Australia will rely on their formidable top-order, with David Warner in excellent form and Mitchell Marsh providing strong support. The squad boasts several all-rounders, including Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, and Sean Abbott.
Toss Prediction: Advantage in Batting FirstHistorically, teams batting first have enjoyed a significant advantage at Chennai, winning over 58% of matches compared to 33% when chasing. Therefore, winning the toss is likely to lead to the decision to bat first.
Betting Tips: A Fierce ContestThe clash between India and Australia promises a thrilling battle between two cricketing powerhouses. Considering both teams' recent form, India holds a slight edge. They possess a well-balanced team with players in good form.
Moreover, the match's venue, Chennai, is expected to favor the home team due to the conditions. While a full-strength Australian team should never be underestimated, it appears they may encounter challenges in starting the tournament with a victory.
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