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Will Siraj make a return? Shivam Dube to keep side's faith? India's likely XI vs Australia in T20 World Cup

Jun 24, 2024 09:53 AM IST

Team India will be aiming to make three wins in three in the T20 World Cup when the side faces Australia.

India will look to derail Australia’s T20 World Cup campaign as they face off in their final Super Eight game on Monday. A third consecutive victory for India would not only make them the group leaders and secure a semifinal spot, but it would also significantly jeopardize Australia’s chances of progressing following their unexpected loss to Afghanistan in Saint Vincent on Saturday night.

 India's Rohit Sharma (c) and Arshdeep Singh celebrate the dismissal of Bangladesh's Jaker Ali in the Super 8 Group 1(BCCI- X)
India's Rohit Sharma (c) and Arshdeep Singh celebrate the dismissal of Bangladesh's Jaker Ali in the Super 8 Group 1(BCCI- X)

Australia's fate no longer lies solely in their hands, and they will be keenly watching Afghanistan's final game against Bangladesh on Monday night. Having suffered heartbreaking defeats to Australia in previous ICC events, India would relish seeing their rivals make an early exit.

India, fresh off back-to-back wins against Afghanistan and Bangladesh, don’t need much fine-tuning ahead of the knockouts. Both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli played substantial innings against Afghanistan, while Shivam Dube silenced his critics with a crucial knock. However, Rishabh Pant will want to improve his shot selection after frequent dismissals of reverse hits.

Hardik Pandya’s all-round performances have been a significant positive for India. In addition to his incisive spells with the ball, Hardik has also contributed effectively with the bat. Kuldeep Yadav has quickly become a match-winner, too, providing crucial wickets in the middle overs.

Despite Shivam Dube's sluggish performances in the opening stages of the tournament, he will keep the side's faith after a bright cameo against Bangladesh, scoring 34 off 24 deliveries with three towering sixes.

Despite playing three Super 8 games with limited travel breaks, India are unlikely to rotate players for this match. The team arrived in Saint Lucia on Saturday night and opted not to train ahead of the Australia game due to the hectic travel schedule.

India's Likely XI vs Australia

Opener: Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli

Middle-order: Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube

All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja

Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah

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