India’s Matchday 2: Australia
Welcome to the coverage of India’s second match at the ICC World Cup!
After defeating South Africa by six wickets in their campaign opener, the Men in Blue are now set to take on Australia at The Oval in London.
However, since the completion of the 2015 World Cup, both teams have played 18 matches and have won nine matches apiece. Series-wise as well, the two teams are level at two series apiece.
While we wait for match time, read our preview pieces below and stay tuned for live updates.
Team India Enroute
Their second match of the 2019 ICC World Cup and Virat Kohli’s Indian team are on their way to The Oval. Greeted by fans outside the hotel, the Indian team departed half an hour back. Toss is scheduled at 2:30pm IST.
Will Dhoni Wear Same Gloves?
A lot of chatter before this game has been about the insignia on MS Dhoni’s gloves in the tournament opener against South Africa. The BCCI said they’d back him to the hilt but the ICC later issued a statement denying the former skipper the right to sport the logo on his keeping gloves.
However, IANS reports that Dhoni’s team-mates have told him they will back him and support whatever call he takes with regard to sporting the badge on his gloves today.
"The unity is evident and respect they have for the former skipper is unquestionable. The players have made it very clear to Dhoni that while the decision on whether he wears the same gloves against Australia or not lies with him, they are with him and will back him. They have in fact urged him to keep wearing the same gloves that he wore in India's opening game of the World Cup," the source told IANS.
India Elect to Bat First
Virat Kohli has finally won a toss (refer: IPL+ opener vs SA) and the Indian skipper says he will be putting Australia into bowl first.
‘At The Oval, when the Sun’s out, you invariably bat first,’ says Virat as he also announces that the team is unchanged.
‘I would’ve batted first too had I won the toss. Like Virat said, this is a dry surface and it’s been used before so might get a little slower later tonight,” says Aussie skipper Aaron Finch who is playing the same XI that beat West Indies.