Sunday, March 27, 2016

Australia, India Showdown for a Spot in the ICC WT20 2016 Semi Final

India Vs Australia – Mohali, 27th March 2016 - ICC WT20 Match Preview

It has come down to this crunch match for both India and Australia in this ICC WT20 2016. Having lost to the Kiwis, and won against Pakistan and Bangladesh; Australia and India go head to head in a mouth watering clash that is a virtual Quarter Final and will be played at Mohali.

Australia have an abundance of talent when it comes to their batting department and after having left out Finch for the first couple of games he was back at the top of the order along with Khawaja. With the dangerous Warner at 3, Smith at 4, Maxwell at 5 followed by hard hitting all rounders Watson and Faulkner at 6 and 7; the Aussie batting is almost unmatchable on paper. But how they cope with the Indian spinners will play a huge role on the outcome of this match as this is almost the same side which was crushed 3-0 by India recently.

R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were the nemesis for the Australian batting line up during India’s victorious T20I campaign down under and they will again hold the key on a track which is expected to take turn and assist the spin bowlers. Bumrah and Nehra will have to provide the initial thrust while also keeping the runs down in the slog overs.

The Indian batting was led by Rohit and Kohli during that crushing series win which set the Indian T20 juggernaut in motion and a lot will again depend on these two as Dhawan, Raina and Yuvraj appear woefully out of form. There is a case for Dhoni to promote himself up the order as he has looked in good touch out of all the middle order batsmen.

The Australian bowling will be manned by Nathan Coulter Nile and Josh Hazlewood but if the pitch is a rank turner then the Aussie’s might opt for Ashton Agar over one of these. Adam Zampa has impressed everyone with his enterprising leg spin and the slower balls and cutters of Watson and Faulkner will also come into play on a sluggish surface.

This match has all the makings of a potential blockbuster. India and Australia have played some great matches over the past decade and with the pressure of a knock out game I expect a high voltage clash between these two classy sides. I am looking forward to sparks flying and a close and a juicy encounter between Australia and India and I hope that we get to witness a good game of cricket!!

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