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Clash of titans at WC 2019
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Clash of titans at WC 2019

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India will take on Australia in their second game of the ICC World Cup 2019 at The Oval, London on Sunday.

The players of the Indian cricket team were seen sweating it out in the nets on the eve of the match. They were seen leaving no stones unturned in order to get over the challenges from the defending champions.

High on confidence after their victories in matches against Afghanistan and West Indies, Australia will also come into a perfect clash with India.

The weather in London will once again play a key role as the rather unpredictable rains might force the teams to field an extra seamer. Team India’s practice session on Friday was washed out due to rain. The North, West and Southern parts of London received thunderstorms on Saturday. However, Sunday’s weather forecast is not that gloomy. While there are chances of mild shower, it should not create any hindrance to the game.

India began their World Cup 2019 campaign with a comprehensive six-wicket win over South Africa, with Rohit Sharma scoring an unbeaten century, and the pair of Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah getting the job done with the ball.

India and Australia have clashed 11 times in ICC's showpiece event with the latter coming up trumps on eight occasions.

At the Oval today, India side might not experiment with their playing XI as Virat Kohli will look to retain his same team from the previous match.

Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and KL Rahul will look to exploit the conditions against a fiery Australia pace-attack which will have plenty of pace and bounce on display. It will also be a major test of nerves for India's top batsmen against a formidable Australia bowling attack.

Shikhar Dhawan, however, will in the thick of things and look to make a mark in the all-important clash.

Australia might replace Nathan Coulter-Nile. Australia's assistant coach Ricky Ponting is reportedly unhappy with Coulter-Nile going wicketless in the previous matches and might face the axe for the crucial India clash. Coulter-Nile might be replaced by Kane Richardson, who is still to get a game in the World Cup 2019.

Probable XI:

India: MS Dhoni (wk), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Lokesh Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk)