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India take on Australia amid Dhoni's glove controversy (Preview)

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M.S. Dhoni's gloves controversy will take even as and look to iron out the flaws and bring their best to the table when they lock horns in a marquee encounter at the on Saturday.

India's opening game in the ongoing saw Dhoni once again profess his love for the security forces after he was spotted with the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicketkeeping gloves.

The insignia was spotted on Dhoni's gloves as television replays showed him stumping Andile Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the innings bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal.

While the BCCI asked the ICC to allow Dhoni to continue sporting the the dagger insignia, the game's governing body rejected the plea, saying that the regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message and that the logo also breaches the regulations in relation to what is permitted on wicketkeeping gloves.

Coming to the match, eased past in their first game while the Aussies had to struggle against the In the end, the Aussies rode on their proven performers and the surprise package in to post a victory.

In their first tie, the defending champions made short work of lesser lights

India, on the other hand, had leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and pace ace Jasprit Bumrah to thank for their spirited displays to keep in check.

Kagiso Rabada troubled the Indian top-order a bit with his fiery pace early on, but once the initial phase was over, struck a brilliant century with good hands from Dhoni and K.L. Rahul.

Australia, led by were in a spot of bother after the pacers made life difficult for them with short-pitched deliveries.

It looked at one stage that they would struggle to cross even 150 after batting first, but stemmed the rot for them with a patient 73 before Coulter-Nile played the innings of his life, becoming the highest run-getter at No.8 in a World Cup game with his 60-ball 92.

With the ball, picked up figures of 5-44 to become the fastest bowler ever to 150 ODI wickets, but the Aussies were kept on the edge by batters who were always within sniffing distance of the target until (51) got out.

will depend on wrist spinners Chahal and Kuldeep to deliver for them with Bumrah being the constant threat for any opposition.

The Aussies will want to improve on their top-order batting as the likes of David Warner, and were guilty of poor shot selection against the Windies.

Squads: India: Virat Kohli (c), (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, (wk), KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja

Australia: (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins



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First Published: Sat, June 08 2019. 14:02 IST