World Cup 2015 India Vs Australia Second Semifinal at Sydney Cricket Ground Today: Preview
New Zealand created history by defeating South Africa in the first semi final of World Cup 2015 series. The team will know whom they have to face in the final match on March 29th today. Defending champion India and host Australia are in the race for final berth. The second semi final will be played today between the two teams at Sydney cricket ground.
Sidney: Australia did not lose a semi final in world cup cricket and this team was champion for four times. Playing in home country is another advantage for Australia. On the other hand Team India wants to defend its title under the leadership of Dhoni.
There is a lot of difference between the India team ahead of World cup and the team that reached the semi finals. Team India did not won a single match before world cup in test series or tri-series involving England. But in World Cup tourney, the team won all the seven matches in the league stage to reach the final. Dhawan, Rohit and Raina are in good form coming the bowling, Sidney pitch is likely to help spinners. Thus Jadeja and Ashwin will play crucial roles in this match. Raina and Rohit also can support as part time spinners. India is not changing the winning combination for this match also.
David Warner, Maxwell and Michael Stork can change the game with their dangerous batting and thus these three have to be restricted. Strong batting order is the strength of Australia. Johnson, Hazelwood and Stork are going to play key roles in bowling. The team also has good all rounders such as Watson, Faulkner and Maxwell.
India reached to semi finals of world cup tourney five times and won it three times. India and Australia faced each other in world cup tourneys ten times and India won only three matches. India and Australia played two knock out matches in world cup. In 20003 final Team India lost to Australia and in 2011 quarter final, India defeated Australia. Australia played six semi finals till now in World Cup tourneys but did not lose a single match.
India played 17 one day matches in Sidney and won only four. It faced Australia on this ground 13 times and won only one.