India and Australia lock horns in match five of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday and the scheduled start time is 2:00 pm local time. Let us now have a look at India vs Australia match preview, pitch report, head to head record, probable playing xi and the probable match winner.
India vs Australia Match Preview
The Indian cricket team are coming off dominant wins in Asia Cup and the bilateral ODI series against Australia. KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer and Jasprit Bumrah were expectational on their comeback and the addition of veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in place of injured Axar Patel has further strengthened the squad.
Shubman Gill is suffering with Dengue and has recovered well and the Indian captain has not ruled out his availability in the opening game against Australia as it remains a game time decision. If Gill is unfit then Ishan Kishan is expected to open the innings alongside Indian skipper Rohit Sharma.
Australia bounced back to winning ways in the last ODI of the bilateral series against India after losing five of their last six ODI matches. Mitchell Starc and all the other bowlers were exceptional in the Warm up games against Netherlands and Pakistan. Mitchell Marsh is expected to open the innings and Marnus Labuschagne will bat number 4. Camron Green is likely to be picked ahead of Marcus Stionis in the encounter against India.
India vs Australia Pitch Report
The pitch at M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is traditionally spinner-friendly. It is dry, slow, and cracks up quickly, leading to low-scoring matches. Batting becomes increasingly difficult as the game progresses, so it is better to win the toss and choose to bat first.
The pitch at Chepauk is typically hard and has a bit of grass cover at the start of the tournament. However, if the conditions are dry, it is better to bat first, as the pitch can become difficult to bat on as the game progresses.
It has been raining heavily in Chennai recently, but the forecast for the match is dry. Therefore, unless the conditions are overcast on the day of the match, it is a no-brainer to bat first.
India vs Australia H2H Record
India and Australia have met 12 times in ODI World Cups, with Australia winning 8 times and India winning 4 times.
World Cup Matches
- Matches Played -12
- India Won – 04
- Australia Won -08
India vs Australia Playing XI
India: Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Kl Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj/Mohammad Shami.
Australia: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
India vs Australia Probable Match Winners
Australia could find themselves struggling against the spin of local boy Ravichandran Ashwin. After being called into the World Cup squad at the last minute, Ashwin kept the Australian batters quiet in Indore and took three key wickets (Warner, Labuschagne, and Inglis) in the recently concluded series.
David Warner is in red-hot form at the moment, having scored three successive fifties against India in the recent ODI series and 48 runs against Pakistan in the warm-up match. He will be looking to convert these scores into a century to help Australia start their World Cup campaign on a winning note.
India vs Australia Chance of Winning
India enter the contest as favourites to win the match having won three of the last five ODI matches played at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. With the experienced spin duo Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin who are familiar with the conditions at Chepauk increases India’s chance of winning the match.
- India’s Chance of Winning: 58%
- Australia’s Chance of Winning: 42%