India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat against Australia in the World Cup 2019 Match 14 at Kennington Oval, London. "We are gonna bat first, looks a nice wicket, reports NDTV.
It's been used before and it'll get slower as the game goes on. Best conditions to bat first and put some runs on the board," Kohli said at the toss, naming an unchanged eleven that beat South Africa in their opening match.
Eyeing momentum at the ICC 50-over showpiece event, which India won twice in 1983 and 2011, Kohli added: "We are playing with the same line-up because we have a nice balance. The bowling line-up was balanced and we had depth in our batting, everyone's in good spirit and we need to execute the same plans that we did in the last game." The two teams have had quite the history in ICC World Cup contests but the Australians are streets ahead in the head-to-head count.
India and Australia have clashed 11 times in ICC's showpiece event with the latter coming up trumps on eight occasions. However, in the past five editions of the tournament, India are the only team to have denied the Australians the trophy, in 2011 on home soil. India began their World Cup 2019 campaign with a comprehensive six-wicket win over South Africa.
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