India will face Australia in Match 5 of the 2023 Cricket World Cup, probably the most important game of the tournament thus far. This game will be played on Sunday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai, in front of what is expected to be a large crowd. Both teams advanced to the 2019 Cricket World Cup semi-finals before being defeated by New Zealand and England, respectively. Continue reading for a preview of this match. The day-night match begins at 14:00 local time.
India are the favorites to win the event on their home turf, and they are in great shape. With a recent series triumph over Australia, we expect them to be too strong for both sides in this first match of the season.
Australia has been a difficult team to forecast in September, having raced to a 2-0 lead away in South Africa before relinquishing the series, only to fall 2-0 behind India before winning the last ODI. They do, however, have several experienced elite players who are prepared to perform in this Cricket World Cup.
The team batting first has won four of the last six ODIs at this venue. If either team wins the toss ahead of this match, we predict that they will prefer to bat first.
The weather is expected to be pretty consistent during this ODI in Chennai. From the start until the end of this fixture, the temperature will be over 30 degrees.
The ground at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium is set to produce a superb bat-and-ball fight. We anticipate a turning surface with a par score of no more than 320.
Although Shubman Gill tested positive for dengue fever, he is still expected to play in Sunday’s vital opener, according to coach Rahul Dravid. With Gill at the top of the order, we anticipate India to give him every opportunity to show his fitness before this World Cup 2023 encounter.
India Squad Predicted:
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill/Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav
Marcus Stoinis suffered a hamstring strain in the first ODI of the three-match series against India last month, and his participation in this match is regarded 50-50. Cameron Green is expected to take his position if he is declared unavailable.
Australia Squad Predicted:
David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood
India vs Australia Prediction:
Whenever these two teams meet in any format, it is usually a significant event, with much of the cricketing world pausing to watch. With this game serving as both sides’ opener in the 2023 Cricket World Cup, there will be a large crowd in attendance, all aware of the significance of the match. We expect India to be the best team on this Chepauk team, but we also expect Australia to be competitive throughout the match. Overall, we believe India will be too powerful with both bat and ball to win the game.