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    Can I win the ODI World Cup with Australia?

    Australia have won 5 ODI World Cups, with their most recent trophy coming from 2015, when they destroyed New Zealand by 7 wickets to win in front of more than 93,000 people at the MCG. However, many of those greats have since retired, including Aaron Finch, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, James Faulkner and Brad Haddin. Can Australia's new ODI prospects such as Cameron Green, Adam Zampa and Travis Head help deliver the Aussies their 6th ODI World Cup trophy, or will the powerhouse nations such as India and England be too strong?

    All the squads are the same as the ones in real life.

    Australia Fixtures

    Sunday, October 8: India v Australia (Chennai), 2 pm
    Thursday, October 12: Australia v South Africa (Lucknow), 2 pm
    Monday, October 16: Australia v Sri Lanka (Lucknow), 2 pm
    Friday, October 20: Australia v Pakistan (Bengaluru), 2 pm
    Wednesday, October 25: Australia v Netherlands (Delhi), 2 pm
    Saturday, October 28: Australia v New Zealand (Dharamsala), 10:30 am
    Saturday, November 4: England v Australia (Ahmedabad), 2 pm
    Tuesday, November 7: Australia v Afghanistan (Mumbai), 2 pm
    Saturday, November 11: Australia v Bangladesh (Pune), 10:30 am​

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    India v Australia

    India XI - S Gill, R Sharma, V Kohli, S Iyer, KL Rahul, I Kishan, H Pandya, R Jadeja, K Yadav, J Bumrah, M Siraj
    Australia XI - D Warner, T Head, M Marsh, S Smith, A Carey, G Maxwell, M Stoinis, M Starc, P Cummins, A Zampa, J Hazlewood

    Toss - India won and elected to bat

    It was a really bad toss to lose, with the pitch an absolute road and sun forecast for the whole game, so I knew we needed early wickets. They chose to attack Cummins early on, but when Stoinis came on he struck in his first over. Kohli replaced Gill and hit a six off his first ball - what a statement shot! Zampa quietened the ecstatic Indian crowd by re-arranging his stumps for just 24. Iyer and Sharma began to just slow the ship a little, and despite making a handy 41 run stand, Sharma couldn't survive another peach from Stoinis, with him out for 50. Despite the position they were in, Rahul came out and hit 3 consecutive fours to end the over. Stoinis was having none of that though, and he trapped Rahul in front for just 13. Iyer continued his steady innings, reaching 50 just before the halfway mark of the innings. After a slow 8 over period when just 31 runs were scored, the Indian batters decided to attack, scoring 14 off an Adam Zampa over to lift the score to 222-4 after 36 overs.

    Starc came on and got Iyer to sky a pull-shot, only for Marsh to drop it at mid-wicket! Iyer brought up his century and Kishan hit his 50 in the 39th over, just before the last powerplay. Even though they were on the back foot, the Aussies chose to bring Cummins on rather than Starc, and it paid dividends, as they finally got their man Iyer for 109. With 8 overs remaining and the score already on 285, the task was simple for the Aussies - wickets. That didn't work and they were punished for 40 runs in the 3 overs as Kishan moved his way towards a century. He got there in the next over, and it seemed like Australia would have no chance at chasing this big of a score. Pandya's cameo of 36* off 20 helped the Indians reach an insane 381-8, leaving Australia a massive chase.

    Head and Warner came out needing a ridiculous 382 for victory, and they started pretty well, scoring 48 off the first 4 overs. It didn't last long because Head holed out for 27 in the very next over. Warner looked to have his eye in but he missed a straight one from Bumrah and was sent back for 37. The first powerplay was over and the score was 82-2, with the game very much in India's favour. Smith and Carey fell in the same over to leave Australia reeling at 115-4 after 16 overs, with Maxwell coming out to bat now. He and Marsh chose to take a more cautious approach, bringing the score up to 156 after 25 overs, but now needing 9 an over. They tried to attack but it was obvious something was going to give, before Maxwell was caught in the deep for just 36. Marsh couldn't score quick enough and he fell soon enough for 59, and the Indians had all but won.

    Another bit the dust when Stoinis was bowled by Siraj for 16, but in the next over Starc hit 3 sixes, bringing some life into the Aussie crowd. He hit a few more boundaries but eventually fell for a decent 47 from 30 even though it wasn't enough. The tail fell away and Australia were bowled out for 260, losing by 121 runs.

    India 381-8 (S Iyer 109, I Kishan 105, M Stoinis 3-71) defeated Australia 260 (M Marsh 59, M Starc 47, K Yadav 2-21, R Jadeja 2-44) by 121 runs

    Man of the Match: Ishan Kishan