- Dec 11, 2023
- Oct 25, 2022
India and Australia might have lost in the past World Cup’s semi-finals, but they enter this one as perhaps the two favourites to win it all. On Sunday, October 8, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, the defending World Cup champions Australia and the host nation India will kick off their tournaments. India is looking to end its championship hoodoo after a 10 year hiatus from winning any major world competition.
Prior to the World Cup, India and Australia squared off during a three-match ODI series, but neither team gained much insight into what would happen in the opening match of the major tournament. Both sides were not at full capacity and mostly utilised the assignment as an experimental ground.
But on Sunday they’ll be firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately, due to the conditions, neither Australia nor India will be able to use one of their preferred openers. Shubman Gill is legally still eligible to play, but rumours indicate that his dengue infection would prohibit him from appearing in Chennai. Travis Head is not playing for the Australians, though due to his injury he suffered against South Africa.
As usual, Chepauk is anticipated to serve up a spin-friendly pitch. While India has access to three strong spinners, Australia will mainly rely on Adam Zampa. Despite the fact that Glenn Maxwell showed in the previous ODI series that he cannot be taken lightly. Earlier this year, Australia and India also faced off in Chennai, where the visiting team ultimately prevailed following a hard-fought contest.
The anticipated temperature range ranges from 29 to 33 degrees Celsius. However, given Chennai’s high humidity, the real temperature is anticipated to be between 37 and 40 degrees Celsius.
There have been rains in Chennai for the past week which has made fans worry a little bit. Contrary to the last several games India has played recently, there isn’t any rain according to the forecast. This might provide some optimism to the supporters’. So, on Sunday afternoon, supporters at the MA Chidambaram Stadium are invited to a complete 100-over match.