Defending champions India will fight against current number one Australia in Semifinal 2 on Thursday at Sydney Cricket Ground.The winner of this match will play against kiwis in final at MCG.Unlike South Africa and New Zealand who have never reached finals before the tournament,India and Australia have collectively reached on nine occasions.India and Australia have 6 titles between them.India first to become champions among the two in 1983 and waited for 28 years to lift the title once again.Australia were champions in 1987 and scored a hatrick by becoming champions in 1999,2003,2007.Australia have never lost a semifinal in World cups.
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This is the biggest game a cricket fan could ask.India who showed a pathetic performance in tri series suddenly transformed in to a brute force in world cup.India has won all the seven games they have played in this tournament.They have bowled out opposition on all seven occasions which is a rare sight.They would like to make it 8,but it wont be easy as they will face mighty Aussies at their home.One could understand a teams depth in batting if Mitchell Johnson(has a test century)comes in at number10.
Australia are quite confidant and shouldn’t be complacent as they are not facing the same team they have faced in tri series.India have completely justified their role of defending champions in this event.
Aussies have lost only one game in this tournament and this year as well,that was against their co-hosts Kiwis in group stage.They won all the three games they played against India in 2015 including the warm up game for world cup.
Last time these teams met in world was in 2011 in Quarters which was won by India quite Comfortably.In 2007 India didn’t progress to knock outs.In 2003 India played against Australia in 2 occasions and lost both of them
Maxwell VS Ashwin
Starc Vs Dhawan
Jhonson Vs Kohli
Both will probably play with unchanged squad from quarter finals.
Australia (possible) 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Shane Watson, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Josh Hazlewood.
India (possible) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Mohit Sharma, 11 Mohammed Shami.
“Expectation is there because we’re the No. 1 ranked one-day team in the world. The reason you have expectation is because you’ve performed. There’s been a lot of talk about pressure and expectation, but that’s what comes with … playing sport at the highest level.
Australia’s Skipper Michael Clarke
“We’ll be playing some different cricket now, so what happened we never want to carry into the World Cup. We always spoke about this.”
Indian opener Rohit Sharma