World Cup 2019: Qualification scenarios for al…

India v Afghanistan – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

As the league stage approaches its business end, the World Cup 2019 qualifications scenarios are truly hotting up, with seven teams still in the contention of making it to the semi-finals.

The Aussies currently lead the points table with 12 points and have secured their place in the semi-finals. The Afghans are out, owing to the seven losses in a row they have endured in this competition.

Against many expectations, Faf du Plessis’ South Africa are out of the tournament, having registered just the solitary win against Afghanistan.

With just 12 matches left in the league stage, the top-four scenarios become even more important for the teams resting in the middle of the table.

So, without much ado, let’s take a look at the qualification scenarios of the teams still in the contention for the remaining three semi-final slots.

ICC CWC 2019 Points Table after the completion of NZ vs Pak match (June 26, 2019).

Note: The stats/results considered in this article are verified till the completion of Match 33 between New Zealand and Pakistan.


England

England needs a quick turnaround to revive their campaign. England v Sri Lanka – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Pre-tournament favorites England have experienced a mixed WC campaign so far, with four wins and three defeats in seven league games. After their back to back defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia, the hosts now find them in a must-win situation against two power-packed teams in India and New Zealand, on 30 June and 3 July respectively.

A win in both games will certainly cement their spot in the 2019 semi-finals, while if they manage to win just one game, then their chances will depend on the performance and results of other teams like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.


Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka stunned to hosts and kept their playoff hopes alive New Zealand v Pakistan – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Despite having made below-par start, the Islanders still have a real chance of making it to the semis, all thanks to their unprecedented victory against the hosts.

They currently lie in the middle of the league table with six points, and should they beat South Africa (28 June), West Indies (1 July) and India (6 July), their tally will take them to 12 points to secure their semis berth.

However, their inconsistency of late makes it a daunting task.


New Zealand

New Zealand finds them in a tricky situation after Pakistan defeat.

Due to the demoralizing defeat against Pakistan, New Zealand’s wait to secure a semis berth extends, and they still need to win one more game out of the remaining two, against Australia (29 June) and England (3 July) to secure a comfortable berth in the knockout stages.

However, in case they lose both of their upcoming fixtures, then their entry into the semis will be based on two scenarios; first – both England and Sri Lanka fail to secure wins in their remaining games, and second – if one among these two qualify, then there is a minor possibility of Kiwis’ NRR to come into play after the Bangladesh v Pakistan clash.

India

India are the only unbeaten side in the WC

The Men in Blue are the only unbeaten side in Cricket World Cup 2019, with four wins and one rain barred clash in five games.

They have four matches remaining, against West Indies (27 June), England (30 June), Bangladesh (2 July) and Sri Lanka (6 July).

However, securing the playoffs berth does not appear like a tough task for the Kohli’s army, as victory in just two of the remaining four games will guarantee them a confirmed spot in the semis.

Given the balance in the side, form of the batters and the relentless bowling attack featuring the likes of Chahal, Shami and Bumrah, it looks like India are sure to finish in the top two.


Bangladesh

Bangladesh to face stiff Asian challenge.

With three wins, three defeats and one abandoned clash in their seven league fixtures, the Bangla Tigers (7 points) are still in the contention for the semi-final berth. But their chances of progression depend a lot on the performance of England (8 points) and Sri Lanka. (6 points)

But first, they must win their upcoming fixtures against India (2 July) and Pakistan (5 July) to finish at 11 points.


Pakistan

Pakistan aims to keep the momentum intact against the Afghans and Tigers.

Pakistan stunned the Kiwis by six wickets to keep their World Cup campaign alive. However, not all is done and secured as their future lies in their own hands – with fixtures against Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

With that and a defeat for England and Sri Lanka, Pakistan will barge to a semi-final spot.


West Indies

West Indies needs a miracle to secure semi-final berth.

The Caribbeans are having a forgettable campaign, with just one win in their six matches.

But a no-result game against the Proteas implies they are still in the play-offs race with three points so far. Despite this, they are highly unlikely to make it to the semis, as it would require a lot of results to go their way.

First, they will have to win all of their remaining fixtures against India (27 June), Sri Lanka (1 July) and Afghanistan (4 July). Then, they would hope that all the remaining semi-final aspirants such as England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan fail to secure wins in any of their remaining games, which seems highly unlikely.

In other scenario, if both Bangladesh and Pakistan win one game each and England loses their remaining games, then a three-way tie (9 points) will decide the semi-finalist on the basis of NRR.

Netherlands vs Zimbabwe 2nd T20: Preview and P…

To everyone’s surprise, the Netherlands stunned Zimbabwe in the ODI series to register their maiden series win over a full member nation. Then continued their dominance in the shortest format to register a commanding 49-run win in the first T20I.

Now the two sides will face each other for the final game of the tour on June 24 at the Hazelaarweg in Rotterdam.

Match details

Date: 24th June 2019 (Tuesday)

Time: 5:30 PM (Netherlands/Zimbabwe) & 09:00 PM (IST)

Venue: The Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam

Live stream

Netherlands: kncb.nl & CricketNederland

India: CricketNederland (Youtube)

Weather Report

The Rotterdam weather is unlikely to interfere during the match. The players are likely to witness a warm day with the temperature around 29 degrees celsius.

Pitch Report

The pitch will mostly favour the batsmen, with a little assistance for the spinners too. The slower bowlers might have a significant say as the ball gets older.

Head-to-Head Stats: In two T20I fixtures, both the teams have shared one game apiece.

The Netherlands perspective

The Netherlands eye a T20I sweep against Zimbabwe.

Key Batsmen: Roelof van der Merwe, Ben Cooper and Max O’Dowd

The experienced Roelof van der Merwe blitzed a 39-ball 75 to set the tone for the Netherlands’ exceptional win against Zimbabwe in the first T20I.

Max O’Dowd and Ben Cooper both made significant contributions too with their respective knocks of 30 and 54 on Sunday, and the management will need them to replicate their show in the next game.

Key Bowlers: Pieter Seelaar, Fred Klaassen and Brandon Glover

Pieter Seelaar (3/28), Fred Klaassen (3/36) and Brandon Glover (3/20) all played key roles in strangling the Zimbabwean batsmen during the chase. That said, Klaassen was quite expensive last time out and he will look to rectify that on Tuesday.

Expected playing XI

Pieter Seelaar ©, Scott Edwards (W), Tobias Visee, Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper, Bas de Leede, Wesley Barresi, Roelof van der Merwe, Fred Klaassen, Brandon Glover and Paul van Meekeren.

The Zimbabwe perspective

Zimbabwe would aim to end series on a positive note.

The visitors will aim to avoid the ignominy of going winless against their inexperienced opponents.

Key batsmen: Craig Ervine, Sean Williams and Brendan Taylor

The failure of their openers Hamilton Masakadza and Solomon Mire is hurting Zimbabwe badly. The team will need them to produce a commanding start in their last encounter of the tour.

Craig Ervine (59 runs from 37 balls) was the only batter to show some intent against the Dutch bowlers in the first T20I. He together with Sean Williams and Brendan Taylor will be key in the middle order.

Key bowlers: Sean Williams, Chris Mpofu and Donald Tiripano

Sean Williams, Chris Mpofu and Donald Tiripano are the key figures of this bowling side and they are likely to pose a major threat to the hosts in the next game.

Expected playing XI

Hamilton Masakadza ©, Brendan Taylor (W), Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, Ryan Burl, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis and Chris Mpofu.

World Cup 2019: Match 28, India vs Afghanistan…

India vs Afghanistan – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

High flying India will face their Asian counterparts Afghanistan in the 28th fixture of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Saturday, June 2 at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.

The two teams have had contrasting fortunes in the World Cup thus far with India remaining unbeaten up until now, while Afghanistan have failed to win a single match from their five encounters.

With India looking to cement their spot in the top four, one can expect the Men in Blue to record a comfortable win but with the likes of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi in the Afghanistan setup, India cannot afford to take the Afghanistan challenge lightly.

Match Details

Date: 22nd June 2019 (Saturday)

Time: 10:30 AM (England) and 03:00 PM (IST)

Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton.

Live Stream & TV Broadcast

Afghanistan: Moby TV & Hotstar.

India: Star Sports Network, Doordarshan, All India Radio & Hotstar.

Weather Report

The fans and players will enjoy a sunny Southampton day with around 50 percent cloud cover and 19 degrees celsius temperature throughout the course of the play.

Pitch Report

The typical Rose Bowl deck is among the most balanced pitches of England, and one should expect a tight contest between the bat and ball here.

Head-to-Head Stats

Overall: In two ODI fixtures, the Indians have won one, while the other one ended in a thrilling tie during the Asia Cup 2018.

In CWC: This will be their first head to head game in the pinnacle event.

India

Indian Cricket Team

The Blues will take the field as firm favourites to win this clash, through they will take some cues from their Asia Cup meeting against the same opponents, and make sure to not give them any room for the revival.

Batting

Key Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul & Virat Kohli

India’s top order is in top form with all of their batsmen performing. Rohit Sharma is among the top five run getters this edition with 319 runs in three innings. KL Rahul also looks in fine touch and can be backed after his 57 against Pakistan. Skipper Virat Kohli is also enjoying a good run of form with two fifty plus scores in three games.

Bowling

Key Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal & Mohammad Shami

Indian bowling attack will see one forced change in the department with Mohammad Shami coming in place for Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. Shami will join Jasprit Bumrah in the pace unit and these two along with the spinners are likely to be Kohli’s key bowlers against the Afghans.

Expected Playing XI

Virat Kohli ©, MS Dhoni (W), KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan Cricket Team

The Afghans are struggling badly in this World Cup and have been quite clueless on the quick English tracks.

Batting

Key Batsmen: Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan & Rahmat Shah

Hashmatullah Shahidi notched up a gritty 76 against England, while former skipper Asghar Afghan and Rahmat Shah, both missed out on the fifties. Despite the defeat, these were good signs of revival but against a strong Indian batting unit, they will need to be at their best.

Bowling

Key Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman & Gulbadin Naib

The failure of Rashid Khan is hurting them badly, and the skipper will back him to make a strong comeback against the Indians while Gulbadin Naib and Dawlat Zadran both snared three wickets in the last game and will be desperate to replicate their show on Saturday.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi have the prior experience of playing against the Indian players, and these two will be eager to make their IPL experience count on this occasion.

Expected Playing XI

Gulbadin Naib ©, Ikram Ali Khil (W), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

World Cup 2019: Match 26, Australia vs Banglad…

Australia vs Bangladesh, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Bangladesh and Australia will go head to head in the 26th fixture of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The Tigers hammered the Caribbeans in the previous clash to register a seven-wicket win. While the Australians dominated the Asian Islanders (Sri Lanka) by 87 runs.

Match Details

Date: 20th June 2019 (Thursday)

Time: 10:30 AM (England) and 03:00 PM (IST)

VenueTrent Bridge, Nottingham.

Live Stream & TV Broadcast

Australia: Fox Sports, Channel 9, Kayo Live Stream, SEN Radio & Macquarie Sports Radio.

Bangladesh: BTV, GTV, Maasranga, Rabbitholebd & Bangladesh Betar (Radio).

India: Star Sports Network & Hotstar.

Weather Report

Mostly clear weather with a little chance of rain during the play hours will certainly cherish the broadcasters and fans, with the temperature mounting to 17-degree Celsius during the afternoon session.

Pitch Report

The Nottingham pitch usually favours the batsmen, but the bowlers will look to trouble the batsmen by utilizing its bounce.

Head-to-Head Stats

Overall: The Aussies boasts a strong head to head dominance over Bangladesh with 18 wins in 19 completed clashes.

In CWC: The Tigers are yet to register their maiden CWC win against Kangaroos.

In England: Both teams have played five ODI games in England, with Aussies leading the stats at 3-1, while their previous meeting at Kennington Oval (Champions Trophy 2017) was washed-out due to rain.

Australia

Australia Cricket Team

The Australians are on a trot with four wins in their five games so far and look set to extend their victory list further.

Batting

Key Players: Aaron Finch, David Warner & Steve Smith

Aaron Finch is leading the team’s runs chart with 343 runs in five games, and was at his devastating best against, hammering 153 off 132 balls. While the veterans David Warner (281 runs) and Steve Smith (243 runs) are already enjoying their comeback and looks set for another aggressive knock against the Tigers.

Bowling

Key Bowlers: Mitchell Starc & Pat Cummins

Australia’s pacemen Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have been quite exceptional in this tournament, and have snared 13 and 11 wickets in five games respectively. While Kane Richardson made a strong statement with five wickets in two games and is itching to add more to his wickets tally.

Expected Playing XI

Aaron Finch ©, Alex Carey (WK), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson and Jason Behrendorff.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Cricket Team

After consecutive defeats, the Tigers bounced back in the previous game against the Windies to get their campaign back on the track and will look to continue the momentum against the Aussies.

Batting

Key Batsmen: Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das & Tamim Iqbal

Shakib Al Hasan is witnessing his best phase with the bat and currently tops the seasons’ run-getters chart with 384 runs in four games. Liton Das also made a resounding entry into the World Cup campaign with an unbeaten 94 from 69 balls. These two alongside Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim will bear the responsibility to get the team through the massive chase against Australia.

Bowling

Key Bowlers: Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman & Mehidy Hasan Miraz

Mohammad Saifuddin has been the pick of the lot with nine wickets in four games so. Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan Miraz have snared seven and five wickets respectively, and the skipper will need them to rattle the Australian top order early.

Expected Playing XI

Mashrafe Mortaza ©, Mushfiqur Rahim (W), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mossadek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman.

World Cup 2019: Match 25, New Zealand vs South…

New Zealand vs South Africa – ICC CWC 2019

Unbeaten New Zealand will face South Africa the 25th fixture of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Kiwis will look to reclaim the pole position lost after the washout against India. While for South Africa, it will be a do or die game, as they need to win this clash to keep their top four hopes alive.

Match Details

Date: 19th June 2019 (Wednesday)

Time: 10:30 AM (England) and 03:00 PM (IST)

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Live Stream & TV Broadcast

New Zealand: Sky Sports Nz & SkyGo Fan Pass.

South Africa: Super Sports & SuperSport App.

India: Star Sports Network & Hotstar.

Weather Report

Rain and thunderstorms might interfere in the match proceedings at regular intervals, with the temperature aggregating around 14-degree Celsius throughout the course of the match.

Pitch Report

The forecast conditions will assist the seamers during the initial overs and anything above 270 will be a par score here.

Head-to-Head Stats

Overall: In 65 completed ODI fixtures, the Proteas holds an upper hand with 41 wins against Kiwis 24.

In CWC: In the case of the World Cup fixtures, the scoreline favours the Kiwis with five wins in seven games.

In England: In their only ODI meeting in England during CWC 1999, the Proteas triumphed the Kiwis by 74 runs at Edgbaston, and the South Africans will love to replicate the same in 2019.

South Africa

South Africa Cricket Team

The Proteas have managed to secure just win out of their five games in the CWC 2019 against the lowly Afghanistan side.

Batting

Key Batsmen – Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock & Rassie van der Dussen

Skipper Faf du Plessis (105 runs), Rassie van der Dussen (113 runs) and Quinton de Kock (186 runs) are the only regular performers in this department and these three will once again hold the key against New Zealand.

Bowling

Key Bowlers – Imran Tahir & Kagiso Rabada

Imran Tahir leads the Proteas wicket charts with eight wickets. While Andile Phehlukwayo and Kagiso Rabada follows him with six and five wickets respectively, and it will mostly depend on these three to rattle the Kiwis lineup.

Expected Playing XI

Faf du Plessis ©, Quinton de Kock (WK), Hashim Amla, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir.

New Zealand

New Zealand Cricket Team

The Kiwis were forced to share points after the rain interruption in their previous World Cup fixture against India.

Batting

Key Batsmen – Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor & Kane Williamson

Ross Taylor (130 runs), Kane Williamson (119 runs), Colin Munro (104 runs) and Martin Guptill (98 runs), all four batsmen have scored a fifty each this season, and these four will be the watch out players against the Proteas.

Bowling

Key Bowlers – Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson & Trent Boult

Lockie Ferguson (8 wickets), Jimmy Neesham (7 wickets) and Matt Henry (6 wickets) have proved to be a nightmare for their opponents. While the presence of Trent Boult is enough to send shivers in the opponents camp.

Expected Playing XI

Kane Williamson ©, Tom Latham (W), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, and Lockie Ferguson.

World Cup 2019, Match 24, England vs Afghanist…

England vs Afghanistan

Tournament hosts England will aim to extend their dominance against the winless Afghanistan in the 24th fixture of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester.

England currently find themselves in the middle of the points table with three wins in four games, and a win against the Afghans will take them closer to the pole position in the tournament standings.

Their opponents on the other hand are yet to open their account in the 2019 event and are currently languishing at the bottom of the table with four defeats.

Match details

Date: 18 June 2019 (Tuesday)

Time: 10:30 AM (England) and 03:00 PM (IST)

Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

Weather and pitch report

Manchester is expected to have a chilly day with sunny and cloudy phases alternating with each other. Rain is unlikely to affect the proceedings during the match hours.

The seamers will enjoy the deck with the new ball, and anything above 300 will be considered a par score for the team batting first.

Head-to-Head stats

The Afghans and British have gone head to head just once, during the World Cup 2015 group clash at Sydney, which the English secured comprehensively by nine wickets.

The England perspective

England will eye an easy win over the struggling Afghans.

Key Batsmen: Joe Root, Jos Buttler & Jason Roy

Both Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan suffered hamstring tears against Windies. While Morgan is expected to recover ahead of the clash, Roy has been ruled out for the next two fixtures.

Joe Root is among the top five run-getters of the tournament with 279 runs. In the absence of Roy, he along with Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow will play key roles against Afghanistan.

Key bowlers: Jofra Archer, Mark Wood & Chris Woakes

Jofra Archer (9 wickets) has been England’s best bowler in the tournament so far. With the kind of form he is showing, one should expect him to rattle the Afghans early on.

Mark Wood (7 wickets), Ben Stokes (5 wickets) and Chris Woakes (4 wickets) are the others in this bowling line-up who could cause trouble to the Afghan batters.

Expected Playing XI

Eoin Morgan ©, Jos Buttler (W), James Vince / Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood.

The Afghanistan perspective

The Afghanistan players

Key batsmen: Najibullah Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai & Rahmat Shah

Najibullah Zadran is likely to make a comeback in this encounter after the failure of the batters last time out, while one among Noor Ali Zadran or Asghar Afghan might be asked to warm the bench.

Meanwhile, the key top order batsmen including Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmat Shah will be expected to make some quick strides and provide significant contributions on Tuesday.

Key bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi & Aftab Alam

Aftab Alam (3 wickets), Rashid Khan (3 wickets) and Mohammad Nabi (4 wickets) are the best options for Afghanistan in terms of bowling. There will be a lot of responsibility on Rashid, who has not been able to deliver his best this season; he will be itching to make a mark against the English side.

Expected playing XI

Gulbadin Naib ©, Ikram Ali Khil (W), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan / Noor Ali Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam and Hamid Hassan.

World Cup 2019: Match 14, India vs Australia, …

Australia v India – CWC 2019

High flying Aussies will face the Indian challenge in the 14th fixture of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Kennington Oval in London. The Indians are coming into this game after trouncing the South Africans by six wickets, while the Aussies pipped out the Caribbeans by 15 runs.

Match Details

Date: 9th June 2019 (Sunday)

Time: 10:30 AM (England) and 03:00 PM (IST)

Venue: Kennington Oval, London

Weather Report

The typical London weather with 70 per cent cloud cover and 21 degree celsius temperature will cherish the players, with no rain predicted during the match hours.

Pitch Report

The pitch is providing a good balance between the bat and ball, and anything around 300 would be a par score for the team batting first.

Head-to-Head Stats

Overall: India and Australia have played 126 completed ODI fixtures against each other, with the Kangaroos leading the head-to-head stats at 77-49.

In CWC: In their eleven world cup encounters, the Aussies comprehensively leads the scoreline with eight wins.

In England: The Indians have challenged the Aussies on three occasions but have garnered the success just once.

India

Australia v India – ODI: Game 1 Indian Cricket Team

The Indians will look to capitulate on the momentum gained after their impressive win against South Africa.

Batting

Key Batsmen – Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli & MS Dhoni

Rohit Sharma recaptured his form just when it was needed the most, as he anchored the Men in Blues chase with an unbeaten 122 against the Proteas. Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and MS Dhoni are the backbone of Blues middle order, and will certainly make the Aussies sweat on the field.

Bowling

Key Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav

Indians will look to capitulate on the Australians weakness against the spin and they boast two top-class spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will share the pace duties during the initial and death overs.

Expected Playing XI

Virat Kohli ©, MS Dhoni (W), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Australia

Australia Cricket Team

Australia have kicked off the World Cup with back-to-back wins and on a ten-match unbeaten streak, which certainly makes them favourites to win this contest.

Batting

Key Batsmen – Aaron Finch, David Warner & Steve Smith

Steve Smith (73 runs from 103 balls) was the only top order batsmen to challenge the Caribbeans. Usman Khawaja (13), Aaron Finch (6) and David Warner (3) all failed to get a start last time out. Both Khawaja and Finch were good form during their Indian tour, while Warner made some giant strides during the IPL, and they will be keen to make a resounding comeback against the Indians.

Bowling

Key Bowlers – Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc & Nathan Coulter-Nile

Mitchell Starc (5/46) laid the script of Aussies fighting win against the Windies and he will be backed to make a similar impact on Sunday. Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile are the other key strikers in the lineup.

Expected Playing XI

Aaron Finch ©, Alex Carey (W), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa.