Australia v India, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 29, 2014

Australia pray against dead rubber

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Cullinan: India need to guard against complacency

Match facts

March 30, 2014
Start time 1930 local (1330 GMT)

Big picture

Historically, few teams have been more ruthless in their demolition of the underdogs but, on Sunday, Australia will be rooting for the underdogs. For if Bangladesh don't beat Pakistan in the afternoon, Australia, who have lost two close matches out of two, will be out of the tournament, rendering their remaining matches inconsequential. It will also take out all the sting from what the organisers would have thought would be a top draw: India v Australia on a Sunday night with qualification implications aplenty.

For India, though, this cannot be a dead rubber even though they have become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals. India will dearly love to keep their unbeaten run intact, and end top of their group so that they face the second-placed team from the other group in the semi-final. Despite whatever is going wrong with their administration, the India cricket team has put up a great show so far. Theirs are the only bowlers, other than Nepal's, to have not conceded 140 in this tournament. They have got the right bowling mix for these conditions unless a team can take apart their quicker bowlers. They have not even lost a toss yet, which could have at least challenged their bowlers to bowl in the dewy conditions. To be fair to India, though, they haven't won any of these matches because the opposition had to bowl with the wet ball; dew has hardly been a factor in Mirpur so far.

Australia are one side that can dismantle the Indian bowling - they have done so in their last two World Twenty20 meetings with India - but will they struggle for that motivation and that edge if Pakistan have already beaten Bangladesh and thus knocked them out even before George Bailey walks out for the toss?

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George Bailey's captaincy has come in for some criticism over the last two games, especially his failure to take the pace off the ball. When they failed to keep West Indies down in the second game, Shane Watson, who doesn't provide that much pace, bowled just the two overs for 11 runs. He will be watched closely in the match against India.

India have chased their three sub-par totals with ease, but Shikhar Dhawan's lack of form will be a bit of a concern for them. In New Zealand, he was allowed to cool his heels for one ODI, and he came back strongly in the Tests. Will India look to do the same now that the semi-final spot is sealed?

Team news

Australia might want to play two spinners at the same time, but then again India are hardly the side you want to expose them to.

Australia (probable) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 David Warner, 3 Shane Watson, 4 George Bailey (capt.), 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Brad Hodge, 7 James Faulkner, 8 Brad Haddin (wk), 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Doug Bollinger, 11 James Muirhead

India have no pressing reason to make a change except to give Ajinkya Rahane a look-in should he be needed in big matches later.

India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan/ Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh/ Ajinkya Rahane, 6 MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Mohammed Shami

Stats and trivia

  • MS Dhoni has won 15 of his last 16 international tosses. The one match where he lost the toss was washed out.
  • Every time Australia have scored 175 or more in T20s in Asia, they have lost.
  • If he plays this match, David Warner will become the first Australian with 50 T20I caps.

Quotes

"I wouldn't want to swim in a tsunami. I wouldn't want to challenge conditions. If we win the toss, we'll again bowl first if that is what is required."
R Ashwin clearly outlines what India intend to do if they win the toss

"[It's] not a weakness, because certainly spinners didn't get us out, we got ourselves out. So we've got some work to do in that area, but that's like every area: fast bowling, playing short-pitched bowling."
Darren Lehmann on Australia's batting against spin

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | March 30, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    by Ashokdmightyindian on (March 30, 2014, 13:40 GMT). I suggest you look at the records for your last visit to Australia. You lost the tests 4-0 (just like we did to you in India) and the ODI tri series with Sri Lanka being the third team. You did not make the finals and you only beat us once. You are at least right that we had a forgettable visit to England last time. If you wish to look back at history rather than forward, comment when you have achieved half of what Australia has in cricket.

  • POSTED BY Ravinducool82 on | March 30, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    its time for yuvraj to show his talents now.if he fails today he should be out.if india looses this match will have to play with SL or NZ which is much difficult compare to playing with SA.

  • POSTED BY Ravinducool82 on | March 30, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    india is in trouble now..

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | March 30, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    @ _Australian_ surely you were not counting out CT13 where your team was the worst and was folded out for meagre 96 in warm up game against India or the WEST indies tri series where both India won comfortably or the last time India were in Australia ,I do recall India winning the ODI match against Australia!! Surely we can defend the world cup!! Because If we can't neither Australia can!!

  • POSTED BY Ravinducool82 on | March 30, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    throughout the tournament indian middle order payers did not get oppertunity to bat.so today they should be given the chance,otherwise it will disadvantage to india if they loose early wickets in semis.(sl fan)

  • POSTED BY Machu.mac on | March 30, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Good News for India is that James Faulkner is not playing and Good News for Australia is that Shami Ahmed is also not playing !!!! India inserted Rahane and Mohit Sharma in place of Dhawan and Shami Ahmed. Australia inserted White in place of James Faulkner.

  • POSTED BY Oracle_Magus on | March 30, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Loosing the toss has been the best thing to happen to India today. But since MSD has already planned to bat first it was inconsequential. Good to see that Rahane and Mohit are getting their turn today. Hope to see a thriller today. All the best boys. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 30, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    India gonna prey aus......and we ll win

  • POSTED BY Machu.mac on | March 30, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Good News For India is that James Faulkner is not playing and Good News for Australia is that Shami Ahmed is also not playing ....

  • POSTED BY Ravinducool82 on | March 30, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    i dont think australia has any chance of coming to semis (EVEN IF THEY WIN THIS MATCH)..its either pak or wi and the other side nz or sl..PLS clarify someone if iam wrong..(sl fan)

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | March 30, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    by Ashokdmightyindian on (March 30, 2014, 13:40 GMT). I suggest you look at the records for your last visit to Australia. You lost the tests 4-0 (just like we did to you in India) and the ODI tri series with Sri Lanka being the third team. You did not make the finals and you only beat us once. You are at least right that we had a forgettable visit to England last time. If you wish to look back at history rather than forward, comment when you have achieved half of what Australia has in cricket.

  • POSTED BY Ravinducool82 on | March 30, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    its time for yuvraj to show his talents now.if he fails today he should be out.if india looses this match will have to play with SL or NZ which is much difficult compare to playing with SA.

  • POSTED BY Ravinducool82 on | March 30, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    india is in trouble now..

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | March 30, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    @ _Australian_ surely you were not counting out CT13 where your team was the worst and was folded out for meagre 96 in warm up game against India or the WEST indies tri series where both India won comfortably or the last time India were in Australia ,I do recall India winning the ODI match against Australia!! Surely we can defend the world cup!! Because If we can't neither Australia can!!

  • POSTED BY Ravinducool82 on | March 30, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    throughout the tournament indian middle order payers did not get oppertunity to bat.so today they should be given the chance,otherwise it will disadvantage to india if they loose early wickets in semis.(sl fan)

  • POSTED BY Machu.mac on | March 30, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Good News for India is that James Faulkner is not playing and Good News for Australia is that Shami Ahmed is also not playing !!!! India inserted Rahane and Mohit Sharma in place of Dhawan and Shami Ahmed. Australia inserted White in place of James Faulkner.

  • POSTED BY Oracle_Magus on | March 30, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Loosing the toss has been the best thing to happen to India today. But since MSD has already planned to bat first it was inconsequential. Good to see that Rahane and Mohit are getting their turn today. Hope to see a thriller today. All the best boys. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 30, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    India gonna prey aus......and we ll win

  • POSTED BY Machu.mac on | March 30, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Good News For India is that James Faulkner is not playing and Good News for Australia is that Shami Ahmed is also not playing ....

  • POSTED BY Ravinducool82 on | March 30, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    i dont think australia has any chance of coming to semis (EVEN IF THEY WIN THIS MATCH)..its either pak or wi and the other side nz or sl..PLS clarify someone if iam wrong..(sl fan)

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 30, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    That's y indi won all games ....

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    If i were Dhoni, i would love to play without fast bowlers as we already in Semis, imagine completing 20 overs just by spinners, that gonna really be a world Record, i literally mean it.

  • POSTED BY Machu.mac on | March 30, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Finally, MSD Loss the toss ....So, it is a good Chance for India to test Batting capability and Bowling capability that who are the Bowlers who can defend the Totals....Good Luck To MSD and Team India....All The Best....

  • POSTED BY ARJa on | March 30, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    So happy on Pakistan's win because Australia are out of the tournament. I have always had respect for Autralian teams played under Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting since the junior cricketers like Faulkner never talked down on oppositions before they learn to walk. And also, Lehmann! Here is a man who questioned other team's players for not walking when their own players (except Gilchrist and Mike Hussey) never walked even when they hit the ball hard enough to destroy the seam, and a man who can't keep the mouths of his own junior league shut but quetions how windies celebrates winning. Serves him right. Hope India hit 200 today.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    India shouldn't take this match as show match, perhaps looks to improve T20 Ratings.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Ind vs Aus is not a dead rubber. It is important that, India top the group, so that we are wash-out proof to reach final (In case rain play spoilsport of semis)

  • POSTED BY Naveenreddy125 on | March 30, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    If India win today they will face South Africa in Semis and if they loose it will be either srilanka or Kewis..............

  • POSTED BY Lord_mac on | March 30, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    @spinkingKK - Analysis not correct - NRR is the first divider, not head-to-head. Look at Tournament Rules.

    Academic in this case, as Bangladesh will not beat Pakistan, so Aussies will join England in the dustbin.

    England have better prospects going forward though, because anytime they wake up and drop Dernbach, they will improve out of all recognition.

  • POSTED BY STRIKETHUNDER on | March 30, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Australia is the best team in T20. They just did not bring their first choice bowlers barring StarC. I beleive they give TEST cricket and ODI more importance and rightly so. India have no chance in WC2015 with their current team.

  • POSTED BY PMadhavarao on | March 30, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    I agree with Cullinan India should not get complacent against Australia. But I think India will get complacent and loose today.

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | March 30, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    by Ashokdmightyindian on (March 30, 2014, 11:29 GMT). You do understand that what you are saying can be applied exactly the same in reverse for India on non- subcontinent wickets. You should hope you win this T20 competition because you have no chance of defending the ODI WC.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 30, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    @Nikko you smell of jealousy. You know australia are the best cricketing nation.. Whether we lose at T20s or not test cricket and the Cricket World Cup next year is our priority and whoever you support won't stop us! Up the mighty Aussies!!

  • POSTED BY Chn2 on | March 30, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    India must take the game seriously. Dhawan should be rested to try Rahane & if he succeeds then he can either replace Dhawan of Yuvraj in semi.

  • POSTED BY SURYA.K.R on | March 30, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    With the semi-final spot sealed. India(if they win the toss) should bat first to test their bowlers in more dewy conditions. What if this happens in the semis or the finals!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    You pray on the back of creating good will, Australian cricket team. THEN you pray. You have done the latter without the former... Pakistan will paste Bangladesh and you know it. Game over man!!! Game.. over! 8-) Don't insult the Lord with your prayers... Satan might hear you though, give him a crack? even though we have a huge game to avoide elimination versus Sri Lanka... I actually think we will give it a good shot and also that India can beat you tonight for three losses from three for you... depends on how intense they are knowing they have made the semis like you were supposed to. Booyaakasha!!

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | March 30, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    This match is a dead rubber, regardless. I don't know why cricinfo is saying that Australians still have a chance. Australians are already out, regardless of what happens between Pakistan and Bangladesh. Because, if Pakistan lose to Bangladesh and Australia win both their remaining matches and Pakistan beats West Indies (That is the only way 3 teams will be locked at 4 points each), Pakistan will progress by virtue of having a win against both of the other teams (viz, Australia and West Indies). If West Indies beat Pakistan, they will progress. So, before the match between Pakistan and Bangladesh begins, only 3 teams with a chance to progress are Pakistan, West Indies and Bangladesh. Pakistan can afford to lose against Bangladesh. Because, if Bangladesh then lose to Australia, Pakistan only have to beat West Indies to progress. Net run rate doesn't matter. Head to Head, Pakistan would have had a win against West Indies and they will progress.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 30, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    India will loose badly,Australia'll rock

  • POSTED BY Machu.mac on | March 30, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    If India Bat Second ,India will Win 100 % ....If Australia Bat Second ,Australia will Win 100 % .Because nowadays both these team doesn't have the Bowlers who can defend the Score....

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | March 30, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Posted by on (March 30, 2014, 10:43 GMT) "Hardly anyone in Australia cares about T20 cricket at all. Losing in this tournament is of little consequence" Mate this is the best excuse one can ever hear from the losing team,. ha ha!!So what do you most enjoy-Playing on home tracks so that you can keep boosting your players and never allow them tour India because your players knows it too-- they cannot win on turning pitches!!

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | March 30, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Posted by on (March 30, 2014, 10:43 GMT) "Hardly anyone in Australia cares about T20 cricket at all. Losing in this tournament is of little consequence" Mate this is the best excuse one can ever hear from the losing team,. ha ha!!So what do you most enjoy-Playing on home tracks so that you can keep boosting your players and never allow them tour India because your players knows it too-- they cannot win on turning pitches!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    People who say that "India is excellent in their own conditions but miserable when it comes to pitches outside the subcontinent". Doesn't the opposite applies to the other teams as well? I would love India to perform well outside the subcontinent but why throw away the home advantage. Make pacy and bouncy pitches in India(to counter the same in Aus,Eng and NZ), play domestic matches on those but while playing International matches, I see no harm in going with your strength and make spin friendly tracks.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Cullinan always talk against india.....

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | March 30, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Sour grapes for Australia, who shoot off their mouth once too often. That team can now enjoy watching rest of T-20 World Cup from the sidelines.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Happy if Rohit and Rahane are opening the innings today and Yuvraj comes as one down to make sure who will be in semi final

  • POSTED BY Coolcapricorn on | March 30, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    With Pakistan hopefully winning against Bangladesh, this will be a dead rubber match & it is not a big difference if India finish 1st or 2nd in their group - so I hope India will use this match against Australia to give Rahane a go plus bring UV & SD back into form before the semi-finals. Maybe even if they win the toss this time, they should bat first for a change & get some practice in setting an imposing target, then defending it.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 30, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    @ajay.. Were t20 WC 2007 nd CT 2013 played in india?? Jus accept Dhoni is the best captain in limited overs format..

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Hardly anyone in Australia cares about T20 cricket at all. Losing in this tournament is of little consequence.

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | March 30, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    mates calm down!! As far as batting first and posting a good total is concerned , India made 170+ in warm up game against Eng( who are not a good player of spin except for Morgan) and folded them out for 156!! So of course we can defend even 160+ as Aussies are not good player of spin either (except for Maxxy ) .They are probably the worst tourist to tour sub continental pitches!!There players and fans know only one thing-TALK BIG and LOSE.And as far as their fate is concerned in getting through with the ongoing match between Ban-Pak where some are expecting Ban to defeat Pakistan, keep dreaming mates!! Pakistan have the world's best bowling attack with world's best spin web!! Even if Pak make 100 they are gonna win by at least 50 runs here!!So stop predicting upsets!!

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | March 30, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    mates calm down!! As far as batting first and posting a good total is concerned , India made 170+ in warm up game against Eng( who are not a good player of spin except for Morgan) and folded them out for 156!! So of course we can defend even 160+ as Aussies are not good player of spin either (except for Maxxy ) .They are probably the worst tourist to tour sub continental pitches!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    I believe India should bat first against Australia.They have already qualified for the Semis. It would be great to bat first and give the batsman the opportunity to set a big target and give them some practice

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    India will definitely loose if they bat first or the team batting first scores more than 160 +. The openers will continue to fail and middle order will wobble with Yuvaraj failing to score. I don' t think they'll go to final. All team starts good with one of the openers goes bang-bang except India where they refuse to score even singles.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Hi,As far my understanding to the Australian ,where i have following the team for a very long time... the combination of a world class bowlers with there batting performance did the job for Ausis,even in last 2 series with England and Australia the class bowling by Johnson did the job for them.If johnson would have played this tournament they would clearly a favorite,But now former is not there .then cant expect semi's there are better team than Aussies.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    despite being an indian i commit india is excellent in their own conditions but miserable when it comes to alien conditions, dhoni has been lucky that major tournaments r played within asia during his tenure.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Here's hoping that the Bangladeshis let the Aussies down. In any case if one is reliant on other results to achieve something, then one isn't good enough to achieve it.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Posted by Omair Ali on (March 30, 2014, 8:24 GMT):

    From the looks of it so far, India & SL may top the respective groups. If so, there is no chance of India & SL meeting in the semis. In the semis the top one in each group will meet the number two in the other group.

    Of course things can change in the next couple of days.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | March 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    @ Sajeev,you didn't get the gist of my comments;THOUGH india is on paper in a tougher group,those teams have not lived up to their billing.India are the only unbeaten team but as the article says that they have not been properly 'tested'.The games in group one were more close encounters & ALL the teams in that group played so far over & above their usual strength.SA have not chickened out in crucial stages,NZ look formidable than their normal,Eng were superb scoring over 170s in every game in alien conditions & ND have shown more competitiveness than poor BD.Though we lost to Eng the bowling conditions in the second innings after losing the toss were horrendous with unprecedented dew for our spinners.This article admits indian spinners did not face such difficulties & we would have easily won had it been in Mirpur.Who chose india to be lodged in mirpur ? was there pre tournament knowhow & support from BD knowing the local conditions.You never know behind the scene shenanigans with icc

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Well. . . What to say . . .we clearly see the anger in the eyes of west Indian players . . Players know, what big three group are up for..... what ever their board decides‚Äěthe players are not in favour of this trica

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 30, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    if bangladesh wins than aus will do anything for victory. they are very strong team but not to forget india is a strong team too. it will be fantasic match and I m dying to watch

  • POSTED BY cricketsach on | March 30, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    If Bangladesh wins against Pakistan, (it can happen in my view, as the tournament is itself happening in Bangladesh) and India loses a close against Australia as India is already in the semis, Aus wins their next game against Bangladesh and West Indies will lose to Pakistan. With this all games will have their importance except India being into the semis and rest of the three teams( Aus,WI and Pak) will be stuck on 4 points. So, they will have to win big and it all comes down to net run rate or bonus point if they can get. And Bangladesh registers a win in their home t20 w'cup.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 30, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    good luck for Australia........

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 30, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    I think india should mix and matfhbup with combinations promoting kohli to the top of order too give good partnership. and send rohit to no. 3 and also give Jadeja rest for the semis! and give binny a chance. My xi for today's match.

    Kohli Dhawan Rohit Yuvraj Raina Dhoni Binny Ashwin Mishra Bhuvi Shami

    My xi for Australian team im giving a chance to white and give rest to hodge.

    Warner Finch Watson Maxwell Bailey White . Faulkner Haddin Starc Bollinger Muirhead

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Ok. So lemme clear all of ur heads up. Indian fans shudnt worry bout india vs australia but shouldmore be worried abt india vs srilanka in semis. U people blogging as india has already qualified for the final. Yes india have gone thru to the semis. Now for the next team joining india out of this group will be pakistan as pak has some seriously experienced line up. N we all know they click when they feel like clicking. I m sure beating ban n w indies is not going to b as tough of a deal, no matter wat form w indies r at the moment. To me this looks like pak n sri lanka r going to b playing the final. N yrs dun forget the t20 final of 2009. Yes aussies r done n dusted no matter wat. Yup technically they still hve af chance if they play to their best but that chance is so little to b even considered. N mark my words. Its pak vs sri lanka in the final. Any one up for a bet??? N yup sri lankans r gonna end the indian being a big 3 dream.

  • POSTED BY winner2008 on | March 30, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    @ Naeem, big 3 means top revenue making teams..Surely, head of big3 is India and they got all night matches because viewers are free at that peak hours which will make more ad revenues..Hope you understand the logic now? And regarding the toss, its a bliss attached to Indians for the good deeds... There is no need curse anybody..pray and do good, it will surely come for you as well

  • POSTED BY Oracle_Magus on | March 30, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    India has comprehensively won 3 of their matches so far in this tournament and this can only happen if A) The opposition is too weak or B) Indian team is too strong. We can't say "A" is true for Paks or WI as they are among the best in your world. So then it's "B" then, Indian team as of now are in great form. Their bowlers have peaked at the right time and has managed to restrict even great teams as Paks and WI to a small score. Batting has always been our strength, so we have had it easy so far. Aussies had a good run before this T20 WC and even in the last 2 matches, they have been on top most of the time. But Pak and WI snatched wins from right under their nose in the final moments of the game. This is going to be an evenly contested match and let's hope India come out as winners. T20 is any body's game and will have a thriller today. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 30, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    I am a huge Aussie fan.. Hope Bangladesh wins pak and pak winnin wi..

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Match facts March 30, 2014 Start time 1930 local (1330 GMT) Big picture Historically, few teams have been more ruthless in their demolition of the underdogs but, on Sunday, Australia will be rooting for the underdogs. For if Bangladesh don't beat Pakistan in the afternoon, Australia, who have lost two close matches out of two, will be out of the tournament, rendering their remaining matches inconsequential. It will also take out all the sting from what the organisers would have thought would be a top draw: India v Australia on a Sunday night with qualification implications aplenty. For India, though, this cannot be a dead rubber even though they have become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals. India will dearly love to keep their unbeaten run intact, and end top of their group so that they face the second-placed team from the other group in the semi-final

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    I think India will win Final

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | March 30, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Naeem578: India are going to top the group any way as the NRR will only be counted in a three way tie otherwise against win will be counted.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    pakistan will beat Bangladesh very easily

  • POSTED BY tearshan on | March 30, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Hi! this sport should reach its highest level..so I believe warner will make it happen by sending the ball to highest stands of the stadium today..mishra might have his worst day..watch out!

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | March 30, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Australia has just one option left if they have to explore any possibility of advancing further. This is though a difficult process not an impossible one.What I mean to say is that Bengladesh should beat Pakistan &in the next game Australia should beat India. The first option is possible because Bengladeash sometimes looks better than Pakistan. Pakistan on the other hand without Misbah does not seem to be a standard team at all. Even if this option is fullfillred beating Inda by Australia is not easy. So australia shoud hope to win the cup in next season of World T20 Cup

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | March 30, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    If not for the fact that India have already qualified and Australia have already been knocked out (other than Pakistan losing to Bangladesh and beating West Indies, of course), this would have been an eagerly anticipated match up. These two teams played an incredible 7 ODI series in India that went right down to the wire. While India are better at T20s and Australia worse, this was always a mouth watering prospect. Both teams have imposing batting line ups, with India uniquely having a top 7 who all have good batting line ups and good strike rates - while Australia have some of the biggest hitters in the world, and also some very solid batsmen. The key should be bowling. Australia have better pace while India have better spin. Australia could risk Muirhead, or they could play to their strengths and go all pace. Either way, Cameron White has to play, surely. May as well give Dan Christian a go too.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 30, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Thier is one main thing which i am observed. As head of big three, in Wt20 India got all matches second time and all the time win the toss. Is their any mestry?

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Bangladesh beating Pakistan 10% probability as it depends on the factors like Tamim, Shakib, Inconsistent Pak batting and managing Afridi and Ajmal. On other hand without Johnson Australia bowling is surely in tatters in asian conditions. Given the batting prowess India should handle that with ease. Australia's key depends on handling Mishra, Jadeja and Ashwin. Warner's poor habit of throwing bat at everything can get punished if Bhuvi gets his swing. Yuvraj should play to get exposure once again before the knock-outs. Australia beating India has 25% probablility. Pak vs WI will be very interesting as if Pak can't tame the aggression of WIndians they are out. Gayle will certainly look to tear apart mediocre Pak pace attack but again he is vulnerable against spin. Nz is inconsistent and i m unsure whether they will be able to handle Malinga and Senanayake. But both will be neck to neck affairs. I am getting ready for a old-foe final - India vs SL. Not sure who will come out as champ!

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 30, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    @Naeem578...dear first make sure of Pak winning against WI and then think topping the group....when we see the current form of WI, its highly difficult to defeat them....some teams still thinking that WI wont play spin very nice...we are supporting WI in that match....even if somehow Pak meet India in final, definitely there will be repeat of 2007 T20 WC and 2011 WC semi final

  • POSTED BY Saumen on | March 30, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    @getsetgopk, Do you really know how many times Indian team has sent Aussies out of the world cup? Go and check the stats. Aussies performance against India in not so good in sub-continent which they can boast about. Moreover whether they win or lose, it won't bother Team India and it's sure that they gonna win today also to make it 0-3 for Aussies. Bangladesh also has the capability to beat them making it 0-4.

    As per the rules (Group2 1 v/s Group 1, 2), It will be India v/s SA in the semis as SA will finish second in Group 1 whoever wins in between SL-NZ match as both have NRR above SA. Pakistan has very less chances to go through as facing Windies won't be that easy for them even they they have a bowling that fails on many occasions.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Good luck to team India from Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | March 30, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Only a dead rubber if Pakistan beat Bangladesh. If Pakistan lose, and Australia win against India, it could yet get down to net run rate.

  • POSTED BY Naeem578 on | March 30, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    I think with Pak having 2 games left they have a very good chance of topping the group 2 in semis as surely ind is going to lose against aussies and that is their last game. It will be interesting to see the toss result toaday as dhoni is an absolute lucky man in this regard.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | March 30, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Does any one remember the last world cup in SL where Auss and Watson in particular thrashed India to all parts. Auss traditionally play India very well in T20 and has out powered India on most ocasions. I predict Auss will this game comprehensively.

  • POSTED BY Liyanage.1283 on | March 30, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    @Herath-UK

    I can only laugh when you said that fortune is favoring india. FYI, it was very obvious for everyone to see that group 2 that India is in is much tougher than the other group and India were good enough to win against tough T20 sides like Pak and WI and also always tricky side in such tournament like Bangladesh. Compare that to our team (SL) who belong to a group that is never spoken high for playing against spin (SA, Eng, Nz, Ned) and still managed to lose against Eng. And we are still doubtful to make it to semis as Nz are doing great. We infact should be happy if SL wins against NZ and finish 1st to avoid facing India in the semis, in which case we will surely lose.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 30, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    dhawan is in lack of form... so he should have a chance today's game... its tme for India to test their bench strength... if I was the managing team it would be.. 1) rahane 2)dhawan 3)kohli 4)uh 5)raina 6) dhoni 7)binny 8)ashwin 9)shami 10)varun Aaron 11)jadeja

    coming to Australian team... batting is xtremely Gud... dangerous batting lineup aftr india... bowlin is what to b concerned like india... counter nile should b in... Australia- finch, warner, Watson, bailey, Maxwell, faulkner, hopes, Haddin, bollinger, hogg, counter-Nile... so... its tme for... to test whose batting lineup is danger in the world...

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    yuvi should be rested & replaced by rahane

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | March 30, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Its hard to see Bangladesh beating Pakistan but its T20 where even aHolland has troubled SA. India Australia match is hardly a dead rubber even if Pakistan beats Bangladesh. Australia would want to win. Their hero so far has been Maxwell. He hits well and that is the only way he knows to bat and that is why he gets out. With so much of batting one wouldnt like to change that.The failure from likes of Warner & Watson have hit them hard as they are the only team which looked capable of topping 200 on a regular basis. Irrespective of what Ashwin says India should look to bat first should they win toss and look to post at least 160. That would be competitive but not match winning but would be some good match practice. Topping the group is meaningless as there is hardly much to chosse between other qualifying teams from group1. Persist with Dhawan & Yuvraj and make sure they get good practice.

  • POSTED BY SamWintson92 on | March 30, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    My Teams:

    IND XI: (No Change) 1 R Sharma 2 Dhawan 3 Kohli 4 Raina 5 Yuvraj 6 Dhoni (C+WK) 7 Jadeja 8 Ashwin 9 Mishra 10 Shami 11 Bhuvneshwar.

    AUS XI: (Bollinger out, Coulter Nile in) (Open with Watson, Warner at 3) 1 Finch 2 Watson 3 Warner 4 Maxwell 5 Bailey (C) 6 Hodge 7 Faulkner 8 Haddin (WK) 9 Coulter Nile 10 Starc 11 Muirhead.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan should be rested. Either Yuvi or Rahane should open with Rohit who should be told to be circumspect. He is in good form and should try to make it a habit to play till the end. If possible, Mohit Sharma and Binny should also be tried but given Dhoni's mindset, it appears unlikely.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    @Ramakanth : In ICC events head to head comparision is not done...net run rate has higher priority

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    @ Ramkumar. here are the rules

    Second Round

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points at the end of the Second Round, the right to play in the Semi-Final will be decided in the following order of priority:

    The most wins in the Second Round matches. If there are teams with equal points and equal wins in the Second Round matches only then in such case the team with the higher net run rate in the Second Round matches will be placed in the higher position. If two or more teams are still equal, they will be ordered according to the head to head match played between them (points then net run rate in those matches). If the above does not resolve the Group ordering, or if all matches within a Group produce no results, then any tied teams will be ordered as per their Group seedings.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | March 30, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    This should be a good practice match about what to expect in the semifinals.....It will tell us where we are and how we are gonna perform on crunch situation against dangerous sides...my concern is the about the opening batsmen...Dhawan is seriously out of form, he is batting as if he is from mars and on the other hand Rohit is a slow starter and will get out in crucial situations and there is the Yuvi dilemma...hope India does well in this match...gud luck guys....

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    i think india should do a experiment here by bringing binny as an opener and rest rohit sharma for this .this will give dhawan another chance. and also an oppurtunity for binny .plus if any of our fast bowler goes for runs then dhoni have to bowl ashwin in PP. and jadeja is not looking good till then there will be a prblm for India

  • POSTED BY icemankimi on | March 30, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Its just that the Aussies never played according to the conditions and the pitch. They should have played an extra spinner against PAK. But instead went with seam attack as if they are in playing in Australia. And the batsmen never got a look of the pitch. Played so many shots across the line. By the time they learnt about the mistakes, it was too late. Even though its a short format and you need big hitters, you still need to play according to conditions and the oppositions. They should trust their game plan, rather than using words and try to get under the skin of other players...

  • POSTED BY SandipManjrekar on | March 30, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    2 of the top 4 are already through to semis. Next 2 are struggling here. As an Oz-English fan feel huge disappointment to see none of these teams are likely to advance ahead. Yeah, they played good cricket but in patches probably because of not reading/adopting correct strategy on SC pitches. Team combinations were poor than team selection. Apart from this, they didn't use their resources (available) very well. Use of spin option is one of those which can be utilized more effectively. Conceding too many runs against opponents being only reason between win & Loss. Next best teams (Nzl/WI) are having better chances as they are & look much formidable as against Pak/SL. Time had shown again & again when any of top 6 teams struggled , PAK/SL got advantage. Let's hope best team to go ahead & win the championship as like 2007 & 2012. After all the winner shouldn't be decided on merely 2 knock out games as seen in 2nd & 3rd editions.

  • POSTED BY sasidharbiet on | March 30, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    All the best to Australia, I want to see Ind & Aus in semis

  • POSTED BY SandipManjrekar on | March 30, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    2 of the top 4 teams are already qualified for semis. Others 2 are struggling here. As an Oz-English fan feel huge disappointment to see these teams aren't likely to advance ahead. Yeah, they played good cricket in patches probably because of not reading strategy on SC pitches. Team combinations were poor than team selection. Next best 2 teams (Nzl/WI) are having better chances as they are much formidable as against Pak/SL. Time had shown again & again when any of top 6 teams struggled , PAK/SL got advantage. Let's hope best team to go ahead & win the championship as like 2007 & 2012. After all the winner shouldn't be decided on 2 knock out games as seen in 2nd & 3rd editions.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 30, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    Could someone please explain how australia still has a chance to qualify? Even if bangladesh beats pak and pak beat wi, Australia pak and WI will be in 4 points each. But since australia lost to both pak and WI, are they not out of the tournament and won't pak go through on head to head? And if WI wins, then they will be on 6 points and go through with India

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    "...spinners (opposition team) didn't get us out, we got ourselves out..."

    That is a very nice line, Darren Lehmann. You are not only a good, pleasant, and friendly coach, but will also make a good "spin doctor" if you assume the role of a team spokesman, for any team.

    England badly needs someone like you; not an abrasive one like Flower, Greg Chapel.

  • POSTED BY imluckychamp on | March 30, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    so far well played India , and best of luck for 2days match cheers

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | March 30, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Australia being one of the mightiest teams in the world are likely to play with all their might today.They badly need a consolation win after having lost 3 games. But India under the captaincy of India&with the good form of Kohli,Rohit Sharma&Jadeja besides help from Bowlers ,can not be easily conquered . Dhoni especially having secured a reputation of playing well under pressure should pose a problem for Australia Any how,Cricket being a glorious game of Uncertainty, the cricket fans could expect a challenging dwel between Bat&ball. So expect the unexpected today.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | March 30, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    India will easily top the group & Sri Lanka have the same chance if they manage to beat NZ avoiding india in the SF. Though the group two looked initially the tougher one, india have had a relatively easy passage because the other teams did not stand up to their billing as WI said after the victory over Aussies that their stars were until then 'sleeping'.By the time aussies are playing against india they will be resigned to leaving the competition already so not much of enthusiasm in them too to beat india. Fortune is favouring india as you say winning all the vital tosses & do not forget that they will be playing on the same pitch in the SF & Final too. More likely we will meet once more in an ICC final showing the progress these two countries have made!

  • POSTED BY whocareswhowins on | March 30, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    The real test for India will come when (not if) Dhoni loses the toss, India are asked to set a target and bowl in dewy conditions...since it is a dead rubber for India, it may be worth batting first even if Dhoni wins the toss.

  • POSTED BY mk49_van on | March 30, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    Here's to a dear rubber game. Would be great to see the Aussies go home before the final four.

  • POSTED BY BaselAhsan on | March 29, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    Australia Will beat India. That is 100%.

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | March 29, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    According to many fans, the Aussie players don't actually care about T20. Good to know. Then just give the win to India. Thanks for coming.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 29, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    Australia don't deserve to make the semis, they've been handy with a few good individual performances, but not top 4 material. Not embarrassed, but not good enough in the format - stick to longer games.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    australia will win tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY Kumail_Asadi on | March 29, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    There is no chance for Australia to qualify for semi. Even Australia win remaining 2 matches and Pak loosing against bangla and Pak beating WI. In this scenerio Pak, WI and Aus points will be equal. Before comparison of NRR, team who has win against the other will qualify for semi final. so Pak has beaten AUS and also will beat WI. No chance for AUS. Sorry ozzeee

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    Australia, please produce some quality spinners, otherwise there is no chance for you in Asia and T20.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    A bridge too far for Australia, I'm afraid. Even if they win their next two, their destiny is out of their own hands because of their two losses. However, plenty of gloss still remains from their great summer against England and SA. Semi-finals look really interesting, with a number of teams still potential winners. Next world T20 will probably be no different, being in India. Australia struggle in sub-continental conditions, can't play spin (except for the brilliant Clarke and Smith, neither of whom play international T20) and certainly have no world class spinners. ODI World Cup likely to be a different story. Good luck to all in semis.

  • POSTED BY cricketlover80 on | March 29, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    @vish.nadiadi - May be warner assault initally with the pace attack but not Faulkner coz no Ishanth Sharma to support him.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | March 29, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Seriously, Australia's chances are less than that of a snowball in hell's fires. Too many things outside their control need to happen, and too many things in their control need to happen much in their favour. If Faulkner announces that he doesn't like East Indian players either, we know how MSD will single him out for punishment!

  • POSTED BY cricketlover80 on | March 29, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    Aus score > 175 = lost match. Must be one of a kind weird record. When it comes to asian pitches, Dhoni is king. Bat first or bowl, Australia are not gonna score much. The way they made teams like PAK and WI struggle who are good players of spin, Australia are no where in comparison. Only problem for India could be the batting middle order getting exposed. But this time around, they can back on their bowlers to do the job who have been criticized for a long long time. I hope Yuvi gets a long batting session this time. He should also be given the ball only when he first scores runs to boost his confidence.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 29, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    i hope pakistan face south africa in the semi final bcuz they are chokers and india faces srilanka and looses against them so pak vs sri final

  • POSTED BY Raginggbull on | March 29, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    These aussie terrible experiment in the world t20 continues to find dust either by their instability with bat or with their mouth. But you cannot talk rubbish after taking every other chance to mellow down T20 but want to WIN the cup. Poor lads with an uninspiring captain. Ciao!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    Australia will win, they have no choice. they will go for it for sure. India is already there, no pressure but its the matter of one big performance from anyone from each side. you will see a different australia tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Doesn't H2H count when 2 or more teams are tied at the same number of points? So if Pakistan lose to Bangladesh and beat Windies, while Australia beat India, three teams will be on 4 points each - Pak, WI and Aus. But in that case, Pakistan should go through based on their H2H, right? Unless net run-rate takes precedence over H2H. Amazingly, the rules of the format haven't been explicitly mentioned anywhere - not on CricInfo neither on the ICC site. And if H2H is all that matters, then Australia are out of the tournament since they lost to both West Indies and Pakistan, while tomorrow's match between Pakistan and Bangladesh is meaningless (along with the other match).

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    From the start of this tournament, I have been concerned that Kohli will receive an unplayable ball OR make an error in one of the games. ...to win that game, India will need Yuvi to fire. I am not sure Yuvi is ready as yet (primarily, because he did not have sufficient balls to settle in AND then let his class take over). I hope it happens in the game against Australia. That way, If Yuvi fires, it will be good for India, another class batsman stepping up. If Yuvi does not fire & India lose the game, we still have a crack at the trophy since we are through to the semis in any case. ...Also Australia have the worst bowling attack for sub-continental conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Australia getting into the semis? No way! That ship sailed when they got too cocky against the West Indies. Besides, minnows like Bangladesh only beat the top teams if they catch them with their guards down; and we can be sure that Pakistan will be pumped for their match against them. So, it's already too late for the mighty Aussies - Bye friends, and better luck in the world cup next year!

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    in any tournament,teams reach peak performance at different times.i personally prefer to reach that peak later in the tournament than earlier.i think india has peaked already and therefore will find it very difficult to win this t20 tournament.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 29, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    I can't understand why a set of teams playing continuously on the same ground and all the India's matches in the night where the dew is a big factor. If India plays in Chittagong they will definitely lose again any team. such a poor tournament

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | March 29, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Come on Australia beat them.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 29, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Both Pak and SL fans feeling jealous of India's success in the tournament....they thought that both of them will reach semi final easily and India will be kicked out...im clearly seeing it in their comments

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 29, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    Don't forget to write.

  • POSTED BY Hello13 on | March 29, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    We can expect the Australians to just sledge and behave in their usual disgraceful way. Hope Indians celebrate like the West Indies

  • POSTED BY a3k628 on | March 29, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    I would prefer india losing this match badly, so that they will be placed second in the group. Since most likely SA will get to semi finals as second team from their group. I would prefer India facing SL/NZ than SA.

    All the best Australia.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 29, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Im seeing for the first time in a global tournament that India is so comfortably placed than all teams with one match is remaining...is this effect of Dhoni captaincy? or bowling is clicking at right time? may be both reasons are correct....Dhoni is expert is utilizing the resources....

  • POSTED BY Vijay_P_S on | March 29, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Test Yuvi by promoting him at no.3. That should give him ample time.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Well let's hope that India don't play it as practice match to Semis. It will be nice to beat Aussies.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 29, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    yuvi shld continue....tiger s sleeping still...if he roars tmrw..kangaroos ll b at der home grasslands only...

  • POSTED BY slackers11 on | March 29, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    why is no one speaking about bangladesh's chances, they can qualify if they beat both Pakistan and Australia :P

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 29, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    best of luck but one think what means Austria team is not a spinners just feel

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 29, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Here's the scenario for Australia to get through.. 1) Bangladesh defeat Pakistan with a huge margin 2) Pakistan defeat West Indies 3) Australia will then need to win against both Bangla and India and both need to be big victories so that their NRR is higher than WI and Pak and they will be through..

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | March 29, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    what i predicted before the tournament started is coming to fruitation. i said that aus will be lucky to win 1 out of 3 games vs pak , wi and india. now i say that aus will be lucky if they lose with a narrow margin. see u later ,australia.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 29, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    @abindia...i guess the same too...and Shikhar will fire tomarrow......

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    If there are teams with equal points and equal wins in the Group matches only then in such case the team with the higher net run rate in the Group matches will be placed in the higher position... If two or more teams are still equal, they will be ordered according to the head to head match played between them... So what Aus all need is... Ban beat Pak..Pak beat WI and Aus win their remaining two games with high NRR greater than Pak and WI...

  • POSTED BY abiindia on | March 29, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    If india bat first the score card would be 220 plus, i guess....

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 29, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    Im seeing for the first time in a global tournament that India is so comfortably placed than all teams with one match is remaining...is this effect of Dhoni captaincy? or bowling is clicking at right time? may be both reasons are correct....Dhoni is expert is utilizing the resources....

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    If there are teams with equal points and equal wins in the Group matches only then in such case the team with the higher net run rate in the Group matches will be placed in the higher position. If two or more teams are still equal, they will be ordered according to the head to head match played between them.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 29, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    India should not experiment much....and play last XI only...and give bit more opportunity for Dhawan and Yuvi to prove their selection..India wants WI to join them....semi final is very important so India should win the match and maintain the momentum...ATB team India

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | March 29, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    India and Australia are so similar yet so different.While team India look unbeatable on slow and turning tracks but Struggle badly on fast and bouncy tracks thats the vice versa about Aussies.Lack of quality spinner and not being able to play spin effectively is the reason why Aus struggled so far.

  • POSTED BY vish.nadiadi on | March 29, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    India should bat first upon winning the toss. Our aim should be to win the game, hence we ought to persist with the winning combination to stay #1 in the group. Good luck and watch out for Faulkner and Warner assault.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | March 29, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Even after winning toss India should try to bat first.Need to practice the other scenario of defending.However Dhoni or team India would fancy their final chances if semis are against SL (in case they qualify for semis).

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    In the last three matches, a few fans argued that India should choose to bat first. Why should any team do that when they had been consistently better in chasingoin any surface, for almost any target. Those who argued for that move are perhaps the ones who want to see India lose!

    But, in the next match, where India is already in the semis, and Australia is clearly out, and IF the team management want test out their ability to set a target, may try that. But don't complain, in case if India lose in that attempt. Of course India will still play semis' and there is no carry over of anything for the next phase. So, it is a no-lose experiment!

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on | March 29, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Australia will crush India.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Just compare two stories. Gayle & UV. Gayle too had very bad time in WI first two matches. But instead of mere critisisam WI think tank more rely on Gayles class. And everybody saw Gayle in big match against Aussies. Same we Indians too need to do. If we agrees UVs class then we have to be patient. Because form is temporary & class is permanent. Just think if UV Clicks in semis then what storm he can creat. Same goes to Dhavan. We must rely on him too. In the mid of tournament no point to bring Rahane or Binny in place of any player. It is beneficial for team India as well as for both Rahane & Binny. Rahane is not a big striker like UV. If Rahane comes in place of UV, everybody starts expecting Rahane in UVs role which is highly difficult for Rahane. In short he will be again in tremendous pressure. I am sure Dhoni will gamble with UV & Dhavan only. After heavy critisism for warmup matches failure, Rohit Sharma doing right answer to his critics. Two fifty in two matches. Welldone Rohit

  • POSTED BY Nigah on | March 29, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    India's win depends on winning toss if India bat first then they never think to win the match.

  • POSTED BY HH_pink on | March 29, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    For all those claiming that Australia are out based on head-head records, please look at the tournament tiebreaker rules: http://www.espncricinfo.com/world-t20/engine/series/628368.html?view=pointstable

    Head-to-head wins are only taken into account AFTER NRR, not before. It has been this way for ages for all ICC tournaments. Please make sure you have a solid awareness and understanding of the rules before questioning what people who do these calculations for a living write on professional portals such as cricinfo.

  • POSTED BY abhyudayj on | March 29, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    @Gary Shea- west indies played really well in last two overs,now the aussies are beatable.

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | March 29, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    @gorafa and @Furqan Yousaf, incorrect. The tournament format states that the first criteria if teams finish the group stage on the same amount of points is net run rate, then if they still cannot be separated, the winner of the head to head match. So, if Bangladesh can beat Pakistan, Australia still have (a very slim) chance.

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | March 29, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    the rules are not same as Asia cup here. Here NRR has priority over head to head encounters. So yes Australia still have a slim chance

  • POSTED BY realfan on | March 29, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    i think dhoni will try batting first and try and defend score.... it will be good practice for the batsmen especially the middle order which has not really had many deliveries to face.... i am guessing UV will be back to form through this match.... and raina too need some exposure... hopefully we maintain winning momentum... and i personally want india to teach a lesson for AUS on behalf of WI.... go india... bleed blue :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Australia is already out.... Bangla beat Pak Aus beat India + BD Pak beat Windies Aus , Pak , Windies = 4 Points each Pak having beaten Aus & Windies will be through to Semis.... Bangla might have a chance if they win both their matches Bangal beat Pak & Aus Pak Beat Windies Banga, Pak & Windies = 4 Points Each Then will come NRR.....

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 29, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    India should not experiment much....and play last XI only...and give bit more opportunity for Dhawan and Yuvi to prove their selection..India wants WI to join them....semi final is very important so India should win the match and maintain the momentum...ATB team India

  • POSTED BY johntycodes on | March 29, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    I've been saying for years australia should just rest all the test and one day players from ever playing 20-20 and just pick old timers like gilchrist, hayden, hodge and warne mixed with young kids at state level. 20-20 will always be meaningless so please rest players.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    I can't laugh enough..all these calculations, first of all, does aus have it in them to win against..Do they have batsmen who can play against 3 in-form spinners on a spinner friendly pitch.

  • POSTED BY gorafa on | March 29, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    i don't know by which calculations people are giving a chance 2 aus.they are already out...even if bang beat pak.and aus win both nd pak beat windies ..then 3 teams tie on 4 points..but having lost both to windies nd pak..makes aus out..NRR wont come into play...all other matches r dead rubber in this group..except indies vs pak..whoever wins will go thru irrespective of other matches..even if pak loses to bang does not make a difference....

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    I think Australia had a chance to beat West Indies but threw the game out of the window thanks to their bad bowling in the last 2 overs so they got no chance reaching the finals , as where West Indies should thanks their lucky stars , seriously they were very lucky to win that game, so it's going to be an interesting finish !

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | March 29, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    I wud love to see Ind bat first to test both its batting as well as its bowling options when there is dew in the outfield!

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | March 29, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    I truly believe this is a tournament about chasing as teams chasing have won more matches in Bangladesh. In this regard, I feel that India has been very lucky that they've chased in all three of their games. I still believe the real test of India is yet to come, once they bat first and set a total. I think if Australia wins the toss tomorrow and decides to chase then they would have a very big chance of beating India even though India has looked untouchable thus far. Australia threw (coupled by good bowling by Ajmal and co) the match away against Pakistan while in the game against West Indies I always believed that West Indies would chase the total down. The team chasing in tomorrow's match would win it.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 29, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Pakistan May be a team that are capable of losing to any team. But they are also a team capable of beating any team!, If they keep thier composure and play good cricket I have no doubt they will make to the semis. From there it's anyone's game I guess.

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | March 29, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    i dont think India India should experiment much with the playing XI. Dhawan is a blistering player and India needs 100% from in knock out stage.So leaving him out will be not ideal. Rohit is in good touch so no need to give him a break. The only new thing India should try is to give some bowling opportunity to Yuvi. Yuvi bowled beautifully in 50 over and t20 wc. Really surprised why he is not bowling here.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 29, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    I think W.I goes through easily for semis I am from pak but paki players r not consistent last couple of years only bowling have ability to go through semi final I tell u what if pak goes semi Pakistan will be winning side of t20 world cup

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | March 29, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    This competition has shown how much Aus owed to Mitch Johnson in the Ashes and in SA. Without him the attack looks toothless. It's hard to see Aus making enough runs to allow their sub-par bowling to hold the Indian batsmen in check.

  • POSTED BY asim.ashraf on | March 29, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Not really a dead rubber. If Aus win both their remaining matches and Pakistan lose to Bangladesh but beat West Indies - then there will be a tie for second semi final spot between Australia, Pakistan and West Indies. Pak is capable of losing to any side on any given day so this group is still alive. Though I would love to see Pakistan going through.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 29, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Can't we give chance to Mohit Sharma as India already in semi finals.He have done a great job in Ipl as Shami Ahmed is going for a lot of runs or he gonna be sitting outside through out the tournament.

  • POSTED BY izzidole on | March 29, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    I reckon Australia are already out of the T20 world cup and only a miracle courtesy of Bangladesh can see them through to the semi finals if they beat Pakistan. Though Australia have won 4 out of the 10 ODI worlds cups more than any other country they haven't had any success in the T20 World Cups so far because they depend so much on their pace attack to deliver. But in the shortest form of the game in T20 they can be very vulnerable because of the speed of the ball and the chunky bats that provide so much power nowadays. They also have been badly handicapped by the injuries to their cream of fastbowlers in Johnson, Harris and Cummins who would be available for the 50 over World Cup in 2015. Even if Australia fails to qualify atleast they should try to win against India and regain some lost pride. There should be atleast two changes with Cameron White in forever struggling Watson and Jackson Bird for Starc if available. Watson is no more a good number three in any form of the game.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 29, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Rest rohit and play Rahane on top. If dhawan does not perform you have a replacement match ready

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Ajinkya rhane is not a worthy player in the T20 Format, Shikardhawan and Yuvaraj is must in the Aussies bcz both are attacking Australian bowling well

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | March 29, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    I don't think to replace Shekhar Dhawan now. He is the one who is taking risks initially. Rohit will take time to fire, but that not going to work in all the matches. Sometimes you need to put pressure on the opposition from the first ball. So Shikhar dhawan is needed. Yes he has failed in last two matches, but it will happen some times. Yuvaraj should be given a promotion in this match because he loves to play against Australia. Last match which he played against australia, he scored 70+ runs with around 150 strike rate. More over Australia has a week spin attach which is good for Yuvi. Good thing is that Mirpur has hardly any due while bowling second, so batting first or second will not impact much. So MSD has to bat first to test their skills under lights when they come to bowl.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    India played only T20 match before this WC and that against Ausiies. We lost that match at Pune. But now the situation is completely different. Aussies are already out of the tournament & Indians are already through. Semis are ahead. Though I don't suggest to try out Rahane or Binny in place of out of form players like Dhavan or UV. In fact Dhavan & UV themselves can try to get their touch back in this match where there is not much tension about loosing match. Only experiment can be done, India should try to bat first in this match. Both batting and the bowling can be tested and it will be good for semis. Rohit & co will be having target of setting huge competitive total and our bowlers will be having different target of defending any total. So far it was a kind of cakewalk for India. In all three matches our batsmen didn't have any problem of chasing moderate totals. The only worry is the form of Dhavan & UV. Which can be overcome against this low tension match against Aussies. ATB

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Best Of Luck Both Teams!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Indians need to tighten the grip and treat this match as an important one. Still few more areas o tune, Dhawan and Yuvraj need to justify their selections.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 29, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Hmmm Its Realy Trouble on Australian Cricket Team

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 29, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    It seems to be very interesting game.good luck to both of the teams.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 29, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    I think Dhoni should give chance to Rahane by replacing shikher Dawan before semi finals to make batting unit more strong.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 29, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    aussies will play for their pride. aussies and west indies were favourites. aussies are out waiting for west indies to be knocked out

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 29, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    aussies will play for their pride. aussies and west indies were favourites. aussies are out waiting for west indies to be knocked out

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 29, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    I think Dhoni should give chance to Rahane by replacing shikher Dawan before semi finals to make batting unit more strong.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 29, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    It seems to be very interesting game.good luck to both of the teams.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 29, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Hmmm Its Realy Trouble on Australian Cricket Team

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Indians need to tighten the grip and treat this match as an important one. Still few more areas o tune, Dhawan and Yuvraj need to justify their selections.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Best Of Luck Both Teams!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    India played only T20 match before this WC and that against Ausiies. We lost that match at Pune. But now the situation is completely different. Aussies are already out of the tournament & Indians are already through. Semis are ahead. Though I don't suggest to try out Rahane or Binny in place of out of form players like Dhavan or UV. In fact Dhavan & UV themselves can try to get their touch back in this match where there is not much tension about loosing match. Only experiment can be done, India should try to bat first in this match. Both batting and the bowling can be tested and it will be good for semis. Rohit & co will be having target of setting huge competitive total and our bowlers will be having different target of defending any total. So far it was a kind of cakewalk for India. In all three matches our batsmen didn't have any problem of chasing moderate totals. The only worry is the form of Dhavan & UV. Which can be overcome against this low tension match against Aussies. ATB

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | March 29, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    I don't think to replace Shekhar Dhawan now. He is the one who is taking risks initially. Rohit will take time to fire, but that not going to work in all the matches. Sometimes you need to put pressure on the opposition from the first ball. So Shikhar dhawan is needed. Yes he has failed in last two matches, but it will happen some times. Yuvaraj should be given a promotion in this match because he loves to play against Australia. Last match which he played against australia, he scored 70+ runs with around 150 strike rate. More over Australia has a week spin attach which is good for Yuvi. Good thing is that Mirpur has hardly any due while bowling second, so batting first or second will not impact much. So MSD has to bat first to test their skills under lights when they come to bowl.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Ajinkya rhane is not a worthy player in the T20 Format, Shikardhawan and Yuvaraj is must in the Aussies bcz both are attacking Australian bowling well

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 29, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Rest rohit and play Rahane on top. If dhawan does not perform you have a replacement match ready