In what is expected to be a flat, batting-friendly wicket at Kennington Oval, a balanced 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, 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 and former World Cup winning captain 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.
India: MS Dhoni (wk), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Lokesh Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, 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)
India: Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon