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T20 World Cup 2024: Super 8 (India vs Australia) – 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For
By CricShots - Jun 24, 2024 12:42 pm
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The stage is set for a high-voltage encounter between arch-rivals India and Australia in the final Super Eight match of the ongoing 2024 T20 World Cup. This blockbuster showdown, slated for June 24th at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia, promises to be a nail-biter with both teams vying for a strong position heading into the knockout stages.

David Warner
David Warner

India, currently undefeated in the tournament, has dominated Group A and the Super Eights so far. They convincingly defeated Ireland, Pakistan, USA, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Australia, on the other hand, topped Group B but suffered a setback against Afghanistan, jeopardizing their semifinal chances.

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With the stakes high, let’s delve into three key player battles that could significantly influence the outcome of the match:

#1 Virat Kohli vs Adam Zampa

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Out-of-form Virat Kohli desperately needs runs to silence his critics and boost his confidence before the crucial knockout stages. He’s likely to face his nemesis, Adam Zampa, during the middle overs. Their past encounters haven’t been kind to Kohli, who averages only 30 against the Australian spinner in T20Is.

However, with just 90 runs to his name so far, a big knock against Zampa could be the turning point for Kohli. On the other hand, Zampa is in red-hot form, having already picked up 13 wickets in the tournament. This clash promises to be a battle between a hungry batsman and a confident bowler.

#2 Rohit Sharma vs Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc

Rohit Sharma has been vulnerable to left-arm pace in this World Cup, falling to Shaheen Afridi, Saurabh Netravalkar, and Fazalhaq Farooqi. This weakness presents a golden opportunity for Australia’s left-arm quick, Mitchell Starc. Starc has already dismissed Sharma cheaply once in T20Is, and he’ll be looking to repeat the feat when he leads the Aussie attack with the new ball. Can Sharma overcome his demons and provide India with a solid start, or will Starc exploit his vulnerability and put the Aussies in a commanding position?

#3 David Warner vs Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah

This battle between two legends of the game promises fireworks. David Warner, in his final World Cup, boasts a staggering average of 28 against Bumrah in T20 matches. However, their T20I head-to-head paints a different picture, with Warner managing just one run off Bumrah’s bowling. Warner has been in sublime form, scoring crucial fifties against Oman and Bangladesh. He’ll be looking to continue his rampage against India, but Bumrah, with 10 wickets already, has the potential to silence the dangerous opener.