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India vs Australia Super 8 T20 World Cup match in St Lucia: Presence of big hitters gives Aussies the advantage

India vs Australia Super 8 T20 World Cup match in St Lucia: Presence of big hitters gives Aussies the advantage

The Super 8 round of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 is about to get underway with some of the biggest names from the world of cricket competing against each other.

Inaugural champions, India will begin their quest in the Super 8s on June 20 against Afghanistan, after which they will face an informed Bangladesh side on June 22 before taking on the mighty Australians in their final Super 8 match on the 24 June in St. Lucia.

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Australia will be by far the toughest opponent for Rohit Sharma and his team in the Super 8s. The Aussies, led by Mitchell Marsh, have been a formidable side in the ongoing tournament so far, winning all four of their group stage matches.

On the other hand, the Indians have also managed to remain undefeated in the competition so far, with three wins against Ireland, Pakistan and the US. Their final group stage match against Canada in Lauderhill was abandoned due to a wet outfield.

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Location conditions in St. Lucia

Unlike most grounds in the tournament so far, the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium has favored the batters. In the three matches played at the venue so far, two matches have witnessed teams reaching the 200-run mark (Sri Lanka and West Indies) while Australia chased the 181-run target against the Scots.

St. Lucia will also host the Super 8 matches, including blockbusters like India vs Australia, West Indies vs England and South Africa vs England.

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Will Australia’s power hitters have an advantage over the Indians?

Looking at both teams, Australia seems to have a better mix of experience and talent when it comes to batting order.

The Indians have the experienced duo of Virat Kohli and skipper Rohit Sharma at the top of the order, followed by the explosive Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav. Following them are Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, who are likely to act as finishers as the end of the innings approaches.

Meanwhile, the likes of Travis Head, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and skipper Mitchell Marsh already form a very strong batting order for Australia, not to mention Tim David and Matthew Wade who are excellent finishers.

Despite the advantage, the game is very well prepared, with two top-level teams, packed with players who can make the difference. The Indians will rely on the stunning Jasprit Bumrah to control their runs.