Australia v India, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

Yuvraj, Ashwin deliver clean sweep

The Report by Sidharth Monga

March 30, 2014

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India 159 for 7 (Yuvraj 60) beat Australia 86 (Ashwin 4-11, Mishra 2-13) by 73 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Highlights: India secure top spot in Group 2 with thumping win

We've been expecting you, Mr Singh. Many an India fan wanted Yuvraj Singh out because he had been plodding and prodding around this tournament even though he took most wickets and scored most runs for India between the two World Twenty20s. India, though, persisted with him, even giving him an extra chance at the expense of Shikhar Dhawan who made way for Ajinkya Rahane who simply had to be tried. Yuvraj struggled here again, reaching 13 off 21 before he exploded to end up with 60 off 43, showing just why MS Dhoni has shown so much faith in him. That innings provided a middling innings the acceleration it needed, after which R Ashwin's wily spin triggered an almighty collapse from Australia, who were already out of the tournament and weren't quite there in the chase.

Pakistan's win over Bangladesh earlier in the day had already knocked Australia out, but India still had a lot of interest in this match. All their previous wins had come winning the toss and bowling first, so they wanted to bat first and also wanted to play around with their combination a little. Rahane's inclusion and Mohit Sharma's were the decisions made before the toss, and even though Dhoni finally lost a toss - his first in 13 internationals - India got their wish when George Bailey inserted them in.

India's worst first 10 overs of the tournament followed as Rohit Sharma fell early, and Rahane and Virat Kohli failed to convert starts. Suresh Raina didn't look at home either, and at 66 for 4 in the 12th over, India were struggling for the first time in the tournament. Yuvraj had only just about start timing the ball, and in the next over Brad Hodge provided him a long hop to get away a bit. James Muirhead came on to bowl the 14th. Australia's spinners had suffocated India by then, conceding just 40 in seven overs.

This time, though, the legspinner missed his length two balls in a row. You couldn't have got away with that against the vintage Yuvraj. You couldn't get away with that against this Yuvraj either. He sent them both sailing over midwicket for sixes. He had seen blood now. Some of his silken yet brutal shots came out in the end, most notable of which was his movement away from the stumps to get under a full ball outside leg and send it inside-out over long-off for six.

All of a sudden, the bowlers were the ones fumbling, not sure where to bowl because missing the areas even by inches resulted in sixes. Seventy runs came in five overs starting with the 14th, and even though Yuvraj didn't finish off in style he had given India what looked a fighting total, especially given the form of India's attack.

The only problem with the total was you had to make allowance for the fact that India were up against a side that had nothing to lose. It showed in how Aaron Finch threw his arms at the first ball of the chase, and got four for it. However, Australia were too reckless and India too disciplined for this to become a blitz of any sort. The daredevilry of a side that was on its way out was all there, but the execution wasn't. After India had bowled a few tight overs at the top, keeping them down to 19 for 1 in four overs, it was all six or out.

Yes, there were five sixes, but there were five dismissals doing that as Ashwin spun his way to the best figures by an Indian spinner in Twenty20 internationals, and Australia crashed to their third-worst defeat. Now if the New Zealand-Sri Lanka match is not washed out in the other group, India will face South Africa in the semi-final.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 20:48 GMT)

Is there any complains left for india haters.. Especially for @mzm149 nd electric_loco.. India roaring at tge moment and hope they do same till the end of tournament.. Keep up nd gud luck team india

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 31, 2014, 11:12 GMT)

I am pretty sure SA will beat India in Semis.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

India to play with South Africa for sure and with them they have very good bating line up all there scores were 170 plus India May need one more good hitter for last overs

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

Frankly speaking, I was beginning to feel that Yuvraj Singh has begun to lose the edge and charisma of being the Vintage performer he was five years ago. But as the saying goes: "Fortune favours the Brave." M.S.Dhoni's persistence with his team's most dangerous batsmen (Yes he is) brought significant resuts for India. Another significant point to make is that many people have questioned the Indian bowling attack, as far this Tournament goes, India have been the most successful and dangerous Bowling Unit giving away 6.79 runs per match on an average. The return of Yuvraj and the form of the bowlers and batsmen, mean that India are on course for a cracking Semi-Final vs South Africa. If India does go on to the Finals, we all know about M.S.Dhoni's record in the Finals, as he cherishes these big games. All I can say is Best of luck to the teams that will face India.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

ash is the best

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 5:12 GMT)

i dont know whats with people saying still india not at their best or we have problems.What do these guys want a half century by everyplayer in every match and a four for by every bowler at an economy of 3.well wake up and have a reality check that does happen.A good team is that in which when one player fails other perform and covwr for it thats the whole point of a team.Haters just need a useless reason to bash.Yes we are not still well capable of winning in foreign conditions but isnt that the story of every team performing in familiar conditions and collapsing in unfamiliar ones like mighty aussies in this tournament.But people just need to bash india just because they are almost invincible in sub continent conditions.Thats some logic hate them when they dont perform and bash them when they perform.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 4:51 GMT)

india sa sl & pak sf teams ..asian teams is best

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 4:15 GMT)

Haters will nvr die wondering which will beat India next.. They said Australia will crush India..look what happened..

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 2:55 GMT)

The way India won this match clearly shows how in-form team this is.. Batting, bowling, fielding, catching everything is absolutely top class to say the least.. SA is a dangerous side but if Indian bowlers pick up Amla and De villiers wicket early than India will win it just like they won yesterday cz SA's bowling attack doesn't look that potent except Steyn but again Indian batsmen have played Steyn well in the past..Tahir is doing well but against India(which plays spin exceptionally well) he will find it very difficult to take wickets.. India looks to be on the road to win another wt20 trophy or say world tournament..JEETEGA BHAI JEETEGA! INDIA JEETEGA!

Posted by OttawaRocks on (March 31, 2014, 1:52 GMT)

Just wanted to give Dhoni kudos for sticking with Yuvraj. Personally, I felt it was perfectly justifiable to give Yuvi another chance given his past exceptional performances. For starters, the man isn't old yet (still has a few years left of professional play in front of him). So taking a chance at whether he could regain form seemed reasonable. However, given how much criticism this move would attract I have to praise Dhoni for sticking to his guns and following through on his beliefs. He was eventually proven right but it certainly took a lot of guts.

Posted by IAS2009 on (March 31, 2014, 0:06 GMT)

India played well, bowling looks so good all of sudden, i am surprised why Mishra was not part of the team for so long. with him it looks like all bowlers found their rhythm. Aussies played very poorly most of shots were across the line and ball end up in fielders hand. Yuvraj played well, i am not sure why everyone i against him, not everyone will play good in T20, each game you need 2-3 batsman do majority of scoring, if majority of runs are scored by fewer batsman it means less balls are consumed, this is the winning formula in batting.

Posted by LoungeChairCritic on (March 30, 2014, 23:58 GMT)

Congrats India. It has been a disappointing world cup for Australia. I thought we bowled ok v India. Although I acknowledge that in 20/20 you take risks, I thought our batsmen were way to reckless. It has been a really positive 6 months for Australian cricket. At the start of the summer if someone told me that we would win the Ashes 5 to 0 and then go to South Africa to win 2 to 1, I would of thought that they were crazy. Heads up all you Ozzi supporters its been a good summer. Bring on the footy season and bring on the Fremantle Dockers winning their 1st ever AFL premiership.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 23:40 GMT)

Team India will always have unform player, when ever they think to omit him he will score some good runs and another player will loose his form then attention keep changing ( ex rohit, dhawan, kholi , Raina , jadeja, yuvi, and etc except dhoni who plays his game everyday

Posted by zuber21886 on (March 30, 2014, 23:34 GMT)

I am totally in favor and happy that India won, but a team like Australia have played very unnecessary shots today in middle order. Well done India. Keep the consistency up and don't let the weakness of pace get exposed.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 23:22 GMT)

Main reason for Aussies to loose was playing with one specialist spinner.Nathan lion should be in the playing 11.As we seen all teams r playing with 2 seamer ,2 spinner and some part time spinners.Good to see yuvraj back in form.looks like india will play with south africa in the semis.if dhoni wins this world cup then no one can questions his captaincy!!!!

Posted by jakkasan on (March 30, 2014, 23:08 GMT)

Awesome performance by Team India..Kudos... The aussies were a image of a past self's. Our generation which has grown up seeing the prowess of mighty aussie team composed of the likes of gilchrist's/ponting's/mcgrath's/warne's/waugh brothers, finds it amusing when we ( India/Pakistan) teams beat them. To be quite honest, this aussie team is no comparison to those stalwarts. They are an emerging team trying to find a footing in alien environment. I feel proud of that fact that India dominated the aussie's today and my ego feels gratified after seeing that dominance. Rest assured, a sub-continent team, most likely is going to win this contest. ( not counting out the dark horses... saffas , such a tragedy we have call saffas as underdogs here. ). But, this brand of cricket does not quite justify the results. We should encourage more lively pitches for the game. I am no way suggesting a bouncy/grassy track...but definetly much sporty pitches than in this tournament is providing.

Posted by theRule19 on (March 30, 2014, 22:43 GMT)

What a reply to those who thought India would lose this game and Aus. will win it comfortably..Guess this performance will silence those who thought India has won games (in this particular tournament) by luck or fluke. But the fact is that no team has been allowed to score over 140 by the Indians so far and hope this continues for this team who look favourites to win the title. Aus. seemed to have no answer to the Indian spinners and pacers especially B.Kumar and looked really ordinary chasing the total of 160 which proved to be more than enough for them. No point complaining about the pitches..but they were simply outplayed.

Posted by kahvas on (March 30, 2014, 22:33 GMT)

So all the Yuvi bashers must be silent by now. I dont even remember the number of times Yuvi has risen to the occasion and delivered on crunch times. He is not a record stacker, but one of the best matchwinners in ODI's and T20's. Also, kudos to Dhoni for keeping Yuvi in the team and bringing Rahane in, in place of Dhawan. Mohit sharma looked great too. This combo should be kept for the remainder of the series. Unfortunately, our selectors didnt select Yuvi, Raina and in the absence of Dhoni we lost the Asia cup, otherwise story would have been very different. Please get Gautam Gambhir back in the side, especially in ODI's. That would be an awesome lineup, like world cup.

Posted by ArminW on (March 30, 2014, 22:18 GMT)

Would be nice if we could actually start to play more than a couple of T20 matches per season. Aussie boys look clearly underdone. Maybe start to spend some of the same $ that we spend on our test team. It looks like they came to Bangladesh hoping more than actually competing.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (March 30, 2014, 22:14 GMT)

Seems to me that Ireland or Zimbabwe are better than Aussie. Aussie has lost to WI and Pakistan while getting crushed by India - despite the advantage of batting 2nd in today's matchup.

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 30, 2014, 22:03 GMT)

@ wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 18:08 GMT) For your info India won the Champions Trophy in UK, beta Windies in Trindad and whitewashed Zimbabwe in Harrare. These are not in the subcontinent. Try some other excuse. This one does not stick

Posted by Cric2 on (March 30, 2014, 21:49 GMT)

Err, I am sorry. When he had to accelerate in the final two overs, he was found wanting! That is not a sign of a great player, but rather, of a player who is past his prime.

The only reason why India won is because Australia imploded. With a good side like Sri Lanka, that pathetic display in the final two overs is going to prove a match loser.

Sorry folks, Yuvi was a hero and we would love to remember him as that. Problem in India is that we keep players around well past their prime.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 21:28 GMT)

hi fast track bullies.... Last year champions trophy played in England. Why can't England made d title ? t20 world cup was in SA.. Why SA unable to made champions ? Why SA lost test series against PAK in SA? why aussies lost in t20 world cups in SA, england, WI... first u fast track bullies try to avoid loses in ur so called familiar conditions. . then u think abt subcontinent pitches. . and we atleast keep d winning momentum in subcontinent and try to win abroad too...

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 21:27 GMT)

well the two most arrogant teams have no shown who is better; India. Well hope India lose in the semis.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 21:17 GMT)

Congrats Team India!!! Thanks Dhoni for keeping faith in Yuvi and giving him a golden chance to regain his form! I haven't seen any other captain supporting his team so well like you! My best wishes are with entire team to put up a great game in Semis and Finals and take T20 Trophy home!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 21:13 GMT)

@Nampally, this Indian team is not yet at its best. We have yet to see the best of Dhawan, Kohli, Sharma, Shami, Dhoni Raina & Yuvi, Yes Sharma got a couple of decent knocks, Yuvi got one...But not their best. Raina, Dhoni & Kohli have not yet delivered the best we know they can ..... Holding back for the finals ? Shami is still to produce his best. Jadeja has yet to come to the party. Competent, successful, smart - yes all of these, but best, I don't think so.

Posted by Remocity on (March 30, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

I think organisers should schedule match at different venues different teams. The semis and final all going to play in Mirpur which really helpful to group 2 team they have played 4games already and know the condition very well also Indian spinners are king in this ground because of the slow side they don't have any challenge and I am sure India might put 5spinners. Organisers pls take the match to Chittagong where we can see some good matches. Otherwise boring semis with India boring semis with India and the boring final

Posted by Navraj1967 on (March 30, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

Big Congratulations to Indian Team, Keep it up in Semi and Finals as well. As I trusted Yuvi before he has shown up all his skills again. And I believe he will be the match winner for us in Semi and Final as well. Keep it up India....

Posted by vkias on (March 30, 2014, 21:02 GMT)

Thanx to all Pak fans who supported not seeing SL bashers now on this forum...its very nice....hope i wont see any more of them after tomorrow's match against NZ....common NZ beat them and throw out..they are not upto T20 standards, who cant able to defend big totals against weak T20 teams....

Posted by jimmyg02 on (March 30, 2014, 21:01 GMT)

oh well we will win the one day title next year

Posted by vkias on (March 30, 2014, 21:01 GMT)

@Aus2013...dear nobody ask you whether you runner up or not...everybody ask you that whether you won the trophy or not...similarly even if you reach 100 times to semi final, your name wont be figured in the cup winners list...ICC T20 ranks will best answers your question....undoubtedly Australia also a good team but outside the subcontinent

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (March 30, 2014, 20:59 GMT)

I am so pleased for Team India. And so mystified that the environment change can have such a dramatic impact on a team's performance. We scratched around in NZ and SA (the most polite media description was "put up a better show than expected"!) in alien conditions. Now in familiar conditions, the same players are looking lethal.

Posted by Zycr9 on (March 30, 2014, 20:22 GMT)

It is amazing how people come here and comment against Indian team and Dhoni when Indian team does well. Just look at all comments before the match finished. How people are calling " luck" , "fluke" , " flat track bullies" , " won the toss 3 times" ..Well India and Dhoni lost the toss. now what happened? They just brushed aside Aussie team without breaking a sweat. Cant believe how you can call it luck..when professional cricketers are playing hard on the field and producing some amazing results. It is just insulting to players who are playing for the country with pride. Just try to play a 20 over game at that level to know the kind of pressure, expectations and skill is required to play and win. Indian team won because Dhoni and team india did basic things right, for once Dhoni is playing with 3 spinners with mishra in playing X1 and then catching and fielding has been top notch. Bowling has improved alot with no ishanth sharma. Still there is Rohit sharma who will escape for now..

Posted by S.Jagernath on (March 30, 2014, 20:12 GMT)

@Rahulwise.Absoulutely correct.David Warner is an example,getting the world's plaudits yet he doesn't handly the Swing of England,Slowness of the West Indian surfaces or the Turn & Bounce of India.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (March 30, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

At least Australia played spin well,especially Glenn Maxwell's brilliant technique against the Carrom Ball.Maybe Australia are reinventing how people play spin bowling.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 20:05 GMT)

it was another big step toward the lifting the world cup 2014 of Team India , Everyone were expecting that India could not perform well in first Batting but Team India have proved 'em wrong. it was thrashing victory over the Aussies. 2 More Games and lift the World Cup. Congrats Team India!!!

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 30, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

Ind managed W v Aus this game.But @ all Ind fans saying they're title 'favs.' are in for rude shock.1st,Aussie rested many key players,new 1s were rusty.Do you think mediocre bowlers-Bhuv K,Misra-wont be taken to cleaners by powerful SA/SL lineups in s/f?

Posted by SaraJahanSeAchha on (March 30, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

I am an indian fan but would love to see Pak qualify for semi final. Obviously want India to win the cup but in case india fails to qualify for final would love to see Pak qualify and win.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 19:49 GMT) are great. One of my all time fav Cricketer.

Posted by subcontinent-expert on (March 30, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

Seems India might face SA in the semis....On the other hand though Pak is on song I still believe West Indies may reach semis if they play the way they did against the Aussies........And if that happens then credit should be given to FAULKNER for making WI charged up..... If WI make to the semis then they will definately defend their title this time successfully......

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

In past 5 years,if yu see the stats,whenever india reached in the semifinal,they won the tournament...So its really tough to beat india at this point of time and if India vs pakistan in the finals,then surely india will win because india responds very well under pressure as compare to pakistan..

Posted by vkias on (March 30, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

@Aus2013...dear nobody ask you whether you runner up or not...everybody ask you that whether you won the trophy or not...similarly even if you reach 100 times to semi final, your name wont be figured in the cup winners list...ICC T20 ranks will best answers your question....undoubtedly Australia also a good team but outside the subcontinent

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 30, 2014, 19:33 GMT)

It was a piece of cake for India, and extra ordinary aggressiveness by Australians have back fired on them throughout the tournament. Indian bowlers are doing wonderful job. .. next I want to see BD beating Austrailia... and Netherland beating England....

Posted by Nawab67 on (March 30, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

@Neil seem to be new to cricket...Are you? India won T20 WC in SA in 2007.

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (March 30, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

Although it was wonderful to see India having a convincing victory after batting first, I would have preferred SD also like UV given a chance to find some form & picked today instead of Rohit. Think some allowance must be make that Australia were already a deflated side before the match even started for the obvious reason that they were already knocked out of the tournament & which explains their carefree/careless batting. Probably prefer us facing NZ in the semis taking everything into account.

Posted by BlackHawk on (March 30, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

India are looking very strong going into the semis. Surely, they are favourites to win the whole thing!? Is it a coincidence that all the games in India's group were played on slow, spinning wickets whilst the other group's pitch seem to favour pace attacks with no spin on offer? Something to think about I suppose, baring in mind that the pitch curator in Chittagong is Endian! The Sri Lankans must feel strange playing on very non-subcontinental pitches in a tournament based in the subcontinent.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 19:29 GMT)

Well done India for showing Ozzies what they deserve, from Pakistan India, Pakistan n Siri Lanka three Asia giants.

Posted by parikshit_Ops on (March 30, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

For those Pakistanis which thought India would lose badly and that India's earlier wins were fluke ( I fail to understand, How can 3 successive wins can be flukes??), I am glad some of them have admitted that they were wrong and congratulated India. For others, well its good to support your team, but here in T20 as per current form, Indian Spin Bowling and Pace Bowling have beem much better than that of Pak who conceded twice as many runs against AUS as India conceded,. india needs to play an extra match against AUS to concede same runs. Ironically its India's batting who has not made that big score but it has been satisfactory. You surely need to take care of your pace bowlers like Junaid/Bhatti who have been smashed all around the park by WI even Bangladesh, though I believe you must be feeling happy about Umar/Shehzad's performance. I actually see 1 of the 2 Asian teams (Pak/SL) getting eliminated by (WI/PAK), dont know which it would be. Pakistani Spinners better watch out WI Guns

Posted by Ramseer on (March 30, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

They can not survive even 20 overs of spin in these condition, still they call Asian players flat track bullies

Posted by sweetspot on (March 30, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

I seriously do not understand this one dimensional approach of Aussie batting. Simply bashing everything may work once in a while against an opponent that may get dispirited easily, but against a team that has skills aplenty and is led by an astute captain, the bluff will be called.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

Great to see the Ol' Yuvi back! A decent man who has come back from a personal tragedy and challenge. How great would it be to see a Pak victory over India in the final. Ahhhhh .....

Posted by mzm149 on (March 30, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

I hope South Africa will knock them over. AB de Villiers, Steyn, Tahir and Amla seem too good for them.

Posted by finix........... on (March 30, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

it proves that australia is a vulnerable team in sub continent and they are getting more consistent in their vulnerability,still they are a top class team in seamer friendly conditions,but not as dominant as they were 10 yrs ago..

so for WC 2015,,it seems many teams are in contention for it.

as usual SA will be favorities,followed by australia,srilanka,pakistan. india is the most toughest team in terms of strong mental strength and ability to play under pressure well..but at the moment they don't have that genuine MATCH WINNING fast bowlers..if they do find that,,other teams would not like to face this indian team...

Posted by lovepork on (March 30, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

Well, like to see the faces of India bashers now, must be gone to hiding. Wow, what a performance by men in Blue, they are unstoppable, nobody can stop them, my guess it would be a repeat of Champions trophy. Considering what is going on with BCCI now, they are doing amazing job, hats off to you guys. Eagerly waiting to play Sri-Lanka for Asia cup revenge, since already settled the score with Pakistan. Now India trashed the Aussies by batting first, so what the critics will tell now? to hard to digest eh. Yuvi is back to form, beware everybody. Good luck India, keep it up!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

It's actually quite comical these two teams rely upon favourable conditions to win.I can't count how Australians went out sweeping

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (March 30, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

One point I clearly understand what IPL has done, and what could be the IPL impact on Australian players. Australian players are shared by some IPL teams and what all they need from Aus players is to go and hit what ever they see and management is sending overseas players in either opening or between 15-20 overs. Maxwell, Watson, Warner, Finch are in the same mood which they used to do in IPL. BUT no player is there to stay at the crease. I think their batting lineup is the reason for their poor performance. They should have sent Beiley at 1st down and ask him to stay at crease till end. Maxwell should have come between 15 to 20 overs only. that means 5th or 6th down.

Posted by Ind_Cric_Fan79 on (March 30, 2014, 19:03 GMT)

Good performance by our Indian team...

Thanks to PAK bros for their wishes...

Hope to see an Indo-PAK final...

Atleast now, I hope Indian team bashers will think a minute before they write...

Posted by dganger on (March 30, 2014, 19:03 GMT)

As an Indian fan I also agree with few Pakistani fans that Ahmed Shezadh looks like a their version of Virat Kohli.... This guy looks super talented, best wishes for him.

Posted by kr_kinshuk on (March 30, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

Whoa! We Indian fans do seem to swing from one emotional extreme to the other.

Yes, we r doing well in this series. And I hope we can keep this show going and bag a second world cup. But it's still a long way to go and we must remember that t20 is a very fickle format. One bad ball can change the very face of the game.

More importantly, our performance in alien conditions is still far from world - class and unless that changes we are just another side doing well in conditions that suit us.

I'm not saying that we shouldn't celebrate these successes. But we need to keep an eye out for the biggie in Australia next year. Plus the horrible overseas test track record needs a lot of improvement.

Test series wins in Australia and South Africa are the important goals. If we can manage that we would have truly scaled the peak. Until then, enjoy the fun and games.

Posted by sweetspot on (March 30, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

@Aziz Qureshi - Thank you Sir! I think many Indian fans are also surprised by India's bowling. Of course it would be great to see India Pak final, and good match between bat and ball of both teams.

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 30, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

TOtally dominating win for india. i said before the match that aus will be lucky if they lose to india with a narrow margin only after defeats against pak and wi. now i say that aus will be lucky if they win against home team bangladesh who wud want to finish on a high. good news for kings 11 punjab is that big show can play spinners quite well and he will be a big asset in upcoming ipl.

Posted by three_tamil on (March 30, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

@Aus2013, when Indian batsmen shine its because of AUS bowlers' failure, why sir this partiality or no heart to accept the IND players are doing well. They played well not only against AUS, but Vs PAK and WI. This will show that they are CHAMP team at present. AUS nowhere in the tournament, Best of luck for your next match with BD. God must save your team from BD.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 30, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4 "Go crush them,Aussies!Oh the pocket rocket is off! With Davy hitting his fav. Ind bowling way he is we are in for early finish.The crowd are in danger too.Not that they will take eyes off the action.Better be safe.Maxi is in as well" May I ask which match were you watching. It isn't ENG VS SL where ENG thrashed your club level bowlers. LOL.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

When the chips are down he steps up to the plate......he's none other than yuvi.........that's why I demand the selectors to include yuvi in the odi squad......

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

all hail dhoni..u r a game changer..a true captain

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

Good luck team INDIA this team should play in semi also according to me ...Rahane seems to be in good touch and Mohit will be handy in powerplay...

Posted by finix........... on (March 30, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

so..australia really played like DEAD RUBBER..but just to comment on indian cricket for their future..the T/20 doesn't count much for cricket..despite being an INDIAN..even if india had done poorly or done very good(currently they have).its the overseas TEST cricket where india should eye on..can we get 4 proper TEST batsman in these T/20 squads..only kohli looks a class are still inconsistent..rahane has a future..but if you talk abt bowling.indian spinners are always very good..but what abt fast bowlers??shami needs to shape up very well to be a consistent match of the fast bowlers still cannot be sure of their place..thats where indian cricket needs to go to produce absolute world class fast bowlers like steyn,morkel,johnson,malinga,which will make very easy for india to lift an ODI WC away frm sub continent..

Posted by Great_Lion on (March 30, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

I can say One word " absolutely hammered here".Congrats india from sri lanka.Thanks for the hammering to arrogant aussies.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

Hat's off to team India, specially to Bhuvi, who has done well to keep things tight on all occasions, That was the real turning point in most of the games. Now this track @ Mirpur has something for our bowlers, lucky to play on the same pitch against SA in the semis and NZ for the final... Hope to see the same winning combination played today, for the semi and Final. All the best, team India.

Posted by dganger on (March 30, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

@Rahulwise....your comment is one of the best I have seen so far....this is seriously for a fact. Cricinfo can v have something like this with detail facts and figures.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

India clearly the favourites for this title.

Posted by Haleos on (March 30, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

@Aziz Qureshi - We admire your bowling too. It would great to see India Pak final.

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 30, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

Aussies were "out"smarted and "out"played invariably find themselves "out" of the tournament! Kudos to India! Playing with so much of authority in all departments.... Yuvi coming back to form - extreme bad news for other teams!

Now SA has to be prepared to counter Rohit, Kohli, Raina, Yuvi, MSD in batting and Bhuvi, Ashwin, Mishra and SRJ in bowling - tht makes 9 in form players!!!

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

Congrats india!! Good to see asian teams dominating. First pakistan thrashed aussies and now india completely outclassed them. Keep it up india! By a pak fan ^_^ <3!! Love shehzad.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

To all the ones who doubted Yuvraj's days are over, here is the answer to all.... He showed patience initially set up himself for that big innings, timed the ball sweetly. While others struggled to find strike, he showed it in the middle how to bat in that pitch. Hatts off to Dhoni for showing faith in him, he know knows that guy has got talent and when he keeps going nobody can strike the ball like him. Hope he carry forward this form into the semis as well. Well bowled spinners as well, cheers to team India.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

impressive performance, I wasn't expecting such performances from India but they have made me eat the humble pie lol.. jokes apart, a complete thrashing and I'm a Pakistani but i'm a cricket lover and both India and Pakistan are providing exciting cricket at the moment. best of luck to both the teams. hoping for an SL and Pak win and an Asian team winning the wc :-)

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

Have to admit that this was a clinical performance by India. Honestly I thought the first 3 indian victories were fluke or luck played huge part but after watching this thrashing being handed to Aussie's, I feel that India is a true contender for the cup. lets keep aside the lame conditions factor and other if's and but's this time and admit it that they were dominant. Cheers from Pak.

Posted by Haleos on (March 30, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

@cvenka - proper question would be what happended to Pujara. Rayudu is an average player fit only for IPL.

Posted by Haleos on (March 30, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

India becomes No 1 in T20 after this win. Way to go men in blue. Ashwin has made me eat my words. His performance has improved drastically since last few matches. keep it up. Like India are called Flat track Bullies I think OZ are also Fast Track Bullies. Atleast from their performance since losing 4-0 to India in tests. Feel bad for the OZ fans who are very passionate.

Posted by t20-2007 on (March 30, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

8 down baby...:)..Good luck....see SL in final

Posted by Iceman29 on (March 30, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

Well played India..Never expected this kind of result....I have to admit that I thought Aussies would destroy us in this match with their batting might but boy i was wrong...we just dismissed them great positive from this match is UV is back and back with a bang....when he is in form Ind will have 80% chance to win matches...Thanks to my Pak brothers for the wishes and best of luck to your team as well....hope we continue this form in outside subcontinent also....

Posted by Himadri_Debnath on (March 30, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

@Aus2013 do u think Aus was good in T20s..I think not and never was..

Posted by hkiran1 on (March 30, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Unlike most people think, it is when his bowlers find lateral movement Dhoni becomes almost unbeatable rather than only spin. This could be either his pacers or spinners. In bouncy tarmacs when bowlers can't find any lateral movement he struggles which is amplified by the way Indian batsmen bowl in those pitches. Missed Faulkner and Ishanth. Indian fielders should have dropped some catches to check out Mohit in the death overs.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

unfortunately you have to admit it that India are useless outside the subcontinent..

Posted by aniseprakash on (March 30, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

@Aus2013 Yes India is the true champ. The first WC held in SA India won it. Isn't it a perfect example that India can win in any conditions. May be Aus might have gone to two semis but still they haven't won even one title in T20. Apart from all ICC is not giving the No.1 Ranking simply because they love India it's because India are the true champs and better than Aus(Atleast for the Time being)

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Hahaha. India can't defend score they said.. Yuvi out of form they said... Indian spinners can't bowl with wet ball they said... India drops catches they said... Australia will win they said...


Yuvi Rocked... Indian spinners bowled better than any day. Fielding was outstanding...

Australia lost by 73 runs..

Love you India..

Proud Indian fan..

K!ran Bhat

Posted by coherent_critic on (March 30, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

well another one bites the dust..i think the form in which team india is no one can stop the last 4 matches they were not even challenged..this shows how well they are playing in all departments and they will only get better considering how yuvraj batted today because yuvraj is kind of batsmen who can win you matches on his own for me he is the biggest match winner in this format..after so long i really dont have anything to say to india for this tournament they are not only the best batting side but also the best bowling side..and they are led superbly by good is b kumar at starting and how good are our spin team has posted above 140 against india...and this australian batting is very good same were west indies and pak and all of them struggled against india and when they play against each other on same pitch they post high total which shows the might of indian bowling in these one is most likely is sa and result would be same

Posted by kitten on (March 30, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

I remember Mortaza saying before the India game, that it would not be a surprise if BD beats them. And also Shane Watson having said words to the effect before the WC began, that Australia was a very strong team in all departments, batting, pacers, and even spinners, and ofcourse their fielding. And look what happened to both these teams.....fallen by the wayside. It is better to keep quiet and let your performance speak on the field(like Dhoni has always done), so even if you lose, it will be easy to take, and people will not be very critical. But, when one boasts, it is extremely hard to eat humble pie, like Faulkner has been made to do after WI beat them. George Bailey is a very likeable guy, and always takes things in his stride with a smile on his face. It is sad to see his side lose. But make no mistake, they will be a stronger team, in the future, in different conditions. Well played India, and happy to see Yuvi back in form. India must be overjoyed.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (March 30, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

Thanks to all Pakistan fans. Thanks for all your love. As Indian fan, I would love to see Pakistan coming to finals. Then we should have a cracker of the match.

Bhuvi is an unsung hero in the last two matches. His start gave us the platform. Excellent Bhuvi, keep going. Wish you all the best..

Posted by Nampally on (March 30, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

This was Indian team at its BEST!. What a convincing win it was. India outplayed Australia in all departments of the game by such a vast margin that India deserved bonus points just for being vastly superior. To start with Dhoni's XI selection was the best I ever saw him do. He rested both Dhawan & Shami at the right time. Dhawan needed to ponder & regroup, Shami was over bowled- perhaps even a victim of "Tired Arm syndrome, He definitely needed relaxation with time off. The replacements Rahane & Mohit Sharma responded with fair contributions. Secondly Yuvraj's return to form was a welcome treat- an innings of 60 @ S/R of 139 + total dominance. Next the Indian recovery from 66 for 4 in 11.3 overs to 150 in 18.3 overs was magical with Yuvi & Dhoni in charge. Finally the Indian fielding & bowling was just outstanding. Aussies crumbled like 10 pins under the magical spinners- Ashwin & Mishra + great swing bowling of Kumar & Mohit backed by brilliant fielding. Well Done India- Bravo!

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (March 30, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

Gosh, at least other teams went out with a bang... Australia have all but ended with a whimper! Absolute shadow of a performance than previously. The slide continues.

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 30, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

The 2 defeats against Pak and WI had already put the Aussies off colour. But the lethal blow was when BD lost to Paks and the Aussies realized that they are out of the tournament. Hence we can't look too much into the disastrous performance today. They are a strong team, but when the players are feeling low, it's difficult to give your best. But that being said one cannot take anything away from the excellent performance by the Indian team. By winning this match convincingly India has shown what confidence can do to a team. With Yuvi back in form at the right Juncture has given us the boost that's required before the knock out matches. Rahane in the team has strengthened our fielding. By defending this total against the Aussies our team has proved they are confident, be it chasing or defending. All the best in the Semis boys. Cheers!

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (March 30, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

@ RahulWise : Well said man, It is obvious that every one has strength in their own nation. If Indian are called fast track bullies, then SA and Aus are fast track bullies. LOL. This "FLAT TRACK BULLIES" has been created some fans who cannot win matches continuously even in sub-continent pitches too. Their intent is the team should loose some matches in sub-continent too so that they are not called as flat track bullies. What a pity thing.

Today Austarlia played like a number 10 rank team. They doesn''t know how to play on spin tracks. They just going for shots and their thinking to put pressure on bowlers, but forgot when they do not connect the ball well, how can they put pressure on bowlers? No one took responsibility like Yuvi.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

is one Group winner going face another group winner? How India to face SA...I don't mind it though...Lanka is better T20 team..if you minus ABD of course

Posted by Santosh_maverick on (March 30, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

ok guys..its just that my son has short term memory loss..his memory goes off, as soon as india start winning...if he has to regain his memory, india has to lose, which i feel might not happen in near please do expect a delayed response from him...

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

Well played india!!! Great batting yuvi... and super awesome bowling ashwin... what a match.... superb match!!!!!!!!!!! Cmon india You have to win the SEMIs and the FINALS!! ALL THE BEST!!!!! INDIAN FOREVER!! JAI HIND!!!!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

I remember those days when SA and NZ bashed India and some of the supporters of the Indian team mentioned that the nation will forget this humiliation when india will produce some good performances at sub continent pitches but we will not forget. The same thing is happening now by winning on sub continent pitches the indian supporters have forgot this humiliation which india faced in SA& NZ series.Winning in T20 can not compensate all those defeated in ODIs and Tests which actually is real testing of the teams.What happened in asia cup with the indian team we all know very well.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

well India as a batting team ws one of my fav but its really the 1st time i saw India's bowling very impressive with this batting lineup n the way the bowld in wc ..i ll rate them the favorites to win the cup but hope to see pak ov luck team india frm a pak fan who admires indian batting always

Posted by Safari76 on (March 30, 2014, 17:53 GMT) one talks about Bhubaneswar kumar.....see his figures in last two matches....which set the match for us....when was last an Indian blower had these kind if figures....

Posted by Rugsy on (March 30, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

India, no doubt, thrashed the Aussies today, butAustralia is and has been a terrible T20 team for ages. Under Bailey, they look quite pathetic, especially against Sub-Continental teams, given their cluelessness of top class spin. However, India although playing well better watch out against SL or NZ in the semis. It wont be so easy as against a second rate Aussie team which has run out of ideas.

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 30, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

@ Neil Shaw Be a sport man - give credit when its due.... The inaugral WC T20 happened in SA and Ind won it, the 2nd edition in Eng - Pakistan won it, the 3rd edition in WI - Eng won it, the 4th in SL - WI won it. Please tell me where u can pin point the home conditions playing a role in the cup win?!

Mate, there are 4 test nations in the SC and every team tht wants to be a world beater has to perform well in SC conditions. Are u saying tht Aus can win only in OZ & SA where conditions are similar? That does not augur well for a good team!

SA has never been the best team in the T20 format - they were recently thrashed by the Aussies in their own backyard! The best T20 teams were always from the SC with WI being an exception! Facts that the world needs to accept!!!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

Now thats embarrassing for the Aussies, i just checked some cricketer tweeting n comparing aussies to the Netherlands....Thats really got to hurt for the x-world champions..It was really a shameful self destruct which i have never really seen from Aussies, i think Maxwell trying to reverse sweep in that odd fashion was the most outrageous shot i have seen from a good batsmen.Bad mojo from IPL seem to hit aussies harder than it hit India...Though they are a good team and it wont be long before they rise up again

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (March 30, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

Now start praising Yuvi. As a true Indian we should do this. Putting up an arrow on weak link is the habit of all Indian fans. I think next week link to the team is Mr. Sir Ravindra Jadeja. LOL. Yes, all of the doubts of Indian Team's, Other Team's, Supporter's, Criticizer's, Specially SriLankan fan's have been cleared to face the big matches ahead. Catching, fielding & fast bowling too has improved, Bowling in lights has tested, Ashwin is getting his form back at crucial moment is good & more importantly YUVI's confidence is back. Coming to the next match against SA, India should win this match for sure. SA team is chocker's at peek matches, and they are the week spin playing team. India should capitalize on that. India is 2 wins away from stealing one more world cup. But for now, take one match at a time, as always Dhoni says. It's good to see how MSD sets the mind of the team. I sometimes feel like MSD not only the captain but also great mentor for the team.

Posted by thePakistanian on (March 30, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

It's all building up to a (hopefully) INDIA vs PAKISTAN final! I hope as a pakistani the results different this time!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

welldone team india yuvi could be the MOM. Buvi started well with some swing .And all bowlers continued well.Only yuvi batted well in the entire innings with some superb shot . so he deserving the MOM.

Posted by cvenka on (March 30, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

Though India won comprehensively for the fourth time consecutively, still there are some concerns... our batsmen are not able to set up huge scores due to their inability to push the run rate during the first 15 overs. when are they going to learn? Also the number of boundary balls seems less comparing to other teams even though we have big hitters like rohit, raina, yuvi & dhoni. Also the form of dhavan/rahane is worrying. what happened to ambadi rayudu?

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

I think the biggest takeaway from this match are: (1) Yuvi's coming back to runs, (2) middle-order gets tested without top-heavy contribution from Kohli and Rohit.

Also want to mention, don't forget our new ball quickies. They are never giving it away with loose deliveries or trying fancy. Just bowling a superb line and length to keep things tidy which is helping spinner to deliver the sucker punch later.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

Indian bowlers were on top. Even Kangaroos have failed to play allotted 20 overs.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

what an turn around for India, it just seems like pakistan and India have exchanged their strong zones, Pakistan getting high scoring games and india low scoring, awesome awesome display of team work by india, at this point they are the hot fav for the title. seriously guys what have indian bowlers included in their diet? its just a complete makeover.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

Congrats, hope IND vs WI in finals , sorry SL,Pak, WI are the only threat & competitive team against India, lets see........ all the best to all the teams moving towards trophy.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

Great performance by our team India.thanks to pak brothers for admiring good cricket. :) Go India win the WC for us second time

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Saw this live. In limited overs cricket, Yuvraj is a true match winner. PERIOD. He just needs to spend some time in the middle. We definitely needs to in the team for the world cup.

Posted by Aus2013 on (March 30, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

Everyone are defending that Ind is a pretty good side in the T20 format...Seriously they are not....Are we playing test/ODI in Bangladesh..Is that the crap pitch is for T20....Do Agree that the champs need to prove in all the conditions that they are the Chapms...Any idea wthr Ind have proved that....Here is the stats btwn Ind & Aus in T20...2007....Ind are the champs...Aus are the semifinalist...2009...Bth the teams knocked out in the league stage itself....2010...Hope the Indians were yet again knocked out of the league stage itself..If i am wrong...probably in the Semi's....Aus are the finalist....How about in 2012....Ind once again knocked out of the trnmt n d league stage itself....Aus are the Semi finalist....Does all the above commentors still believe that the Ind are the strong side than the Aussies in the T20 format.....

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

Many critics were saying Yuvraj was in bad form,he should be dropped,or replaced .but Today he showed what he is capable of and what he can do in semi finals .It was also clear MSD has a lot of faith in Yuvi,in respones yuvi hit 60 of 43 which was extremely good and faith for his skipper.Selectors should consider Yuvi for world cup 2015 and as no one is capable of replacing him.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

India is always unbeatable in ASIAN Pitches .............. Asian Pitch + Dhoni's captaincy = Victory


Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

As far as history of WT20 cricket, India always loose 5th match in WT20 and undefeated team never own WT20. So India will loose anyway nowon.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Wow imagine what will happen if Australia lose to a battered, bruised Bangladesh! What a morale booster it would be for Bangladesh and what a demoralising cup it would be for Australia!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

@Sundar Rangan- No matter how much wicket helps a bowler that bowler still needs to bowl in correct line and length.. Ashwin deserved the MOM by a long way.. Stop bashing Ashwin for no reason..He's a match winner and a fantastic bowler.. Even Saeed Ajmal and Narine can't bowl in pp but Ashwin always comes to bowl in powerplay overs and does well too.. Give credit where It's due..

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

michel johnsons absense proved crucial

Posted by rockhadda on (March 30, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

I think credit must goes to dhoni's captaincy

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (March 30, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Well Played India and Yuvi back to form . Today's India' win was a typical Aussie win of 1990's and 2000 decade when they dug deep in case of early setbacks . At 66/4 in 11 overs India just did that they fought and raised a competative total and their bowlers were too good . Similar to what a Steve Waugh or a Gilly used to do the resque act first and then attack to put up a respectable total and bowlers did the rest be it one dayers or Test . The same is missing from Australia and they should have given themselves a chance and fight it out .

Posted by RahulWise on (March 30, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

For those who calls india as Flat track Bully, question. When a player plays well in subcontinent and scores centuries, he is a flat track player, but when a fast bowler bowls well in fast bowling condition, he is a great bowler. Why? Why cant you call the bowler as fast track bully? Why cant u call a team who does well in fast bowling conditions and flatters in spin conditions as fast track bully??? Let espncricinfo publish the stats of the teams and players in different conditions, i am certain 80% of the players farewell in only one kind of conditions, this includes batsmen and bowlers from all conuntires, present and past. No need to call just india as flat track bullies !!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

Well who cares what other countries fans speaks about India but the fact is we are the current World Champion & always delivers when it comes to biggies. Just a reminder we recently won Champions Trophy @ England.!!

Posted by Sakthiivel on (March 30, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

Ashwin is getting better day by day. MSD technique deployed in this T20 WC is working well. Hope they will win 2 more matches and bring back the cup home.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

India made a great came back after loosing some quick wickets. Impressive performance. Fun watching yuraj convinceing come back. Overall India had Australians on their knees. Congrats India. And congratulations to my home country Pakistan on their marvelous performance today. Shahzad was the man. Pakistan all the way !!

Posted by BARFI on (March 30, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Aus is not that bad to lose to BD. INDIA is superb now

Posted by Aus2013 on (March 30, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

I am sorry to say this to you....Aussies golden days are over after Sir legend Ponting's captaincy....Clare will try to maintain that Domination period in Test & ODI's...but not definitely in T20...Its time for the Aussies Crkt board to curtains Watson' s career...No Anger...No spirit..Have a look @ d difference between Ponting, Clarke & Bailey's captaincy....Ponting & Clarke are the Agessive captain with lots of Promise deliver & Spirit...Captain should be the Exmple...Hv a look @ Bailey's Captaincy...No Anger, Spirit...Always comic...Many ppl blv tht Yuvi is Back...crtly not....Aussies bwlrs hlpd yuvi to gain some form...will othr bwlrs do....Yuvi is a pretty good doubt about that...Sadly he is not in his prime form yet.............

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Well done Indian Warriors. UV with his bat ( Spartans tag) destroyed Australian.

Posted by Sadip on (March 30, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

Shaun Marsh & Mitchell Johnson was missed.... time to say Thanks n Goodbye to BH Team - Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge & Brad Hogg... and look for younger guys... Aussie still lack good preparation to play in Sub-Continent...!!

Posted by Usman_Jilani on (March 30, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

What a performance by the Indians! Superb all round and their bowlers are looking lethal as well! Who knows, might just be an Indian v Pakistan finale! Greetings from Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

What a sweet & convincing win over the Aussies ! The positive that India can take forward from this game is that Yuvi has regained his magic touch with the ball and struck his form.His sixes were so delightful to watch indeed !

Much more to be feel jubiliant about is that the middle order has some chance to be in the midst, so that the middle order doesn't remain during the crunch situation !

Ashwin has come at the right time to prove his worth. Amit was consistent as ever. Overall, this is a clinical display where the day never belonged to our top order, which happens once in a while. The huge margin of victory is indeed is memorable and to be cherished.Well done Team India and Best of Luck for the semis to start with, whomsoever comes to play against us !

Posted by AV18 on (March 30, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Superb performance by India. Great to see Yuvi finally get some form. Dhawan isn't able to time the ball, and Rahane should continue opening with Rohit. Yuvraj should be demoted to No.5 since Raina is better at No.4. According to me, this should be the following team for India:-

1. Rahane, 2. Rohit, 3. Kohli, 4. Raina, 5. Yuvraj, 6. Dhoni, 7. Ashwin, 8. Jadeja, 9. Mishra, 10. Bhuvi, 11. Mohit Sharma

Posted by Chn2 on (March 30, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Nice to see Yuvraj back in form. In form Yuvi will be a great asset in knockout stage.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

On a wicket where batting was nightmare, Yuvraj scored a majestic 60 with a good strike rate. While deciding on the Man of the Match award, had this fact been given its due Yuvraj would have been the unquestioned winner, rather than a spinner who, without taking anything away from Ashwin I must admit, only reaped the benefits of a friendly wicket.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Hopeless cricket by Australians

Posted by KrikIndFan on (March 30, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

India batting second and winning, check. India losing toss and winning, check. India's first 3 batsman not scoring and winning, check. Yuvi in/out form and winning, check. India's "so called" weak bowling tested in 1st inning and winning, check. India's bowling tested in 2nd inning and winning, check. India no.1 in ranking, check. India NRR still better, check. India still the only undefeated team in this tournament, check, etc. Now, not being greedy, the last two checks still pending, one for semi and lastly for lifting the trophy yet again.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

TEAM INDIA are back........& back wid a BANG........

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Congrats India on yuvi's comeback

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

expecting a repeat of 2007, Ind vs Pak in Finals :)

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

I think it is time for all the Ashwin haters to keep their mouth shut . Eventhough the pitch was favouring spinners you still needed to bowl well and all the spinners did their job .

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

love u india!! ur the best! Jai Hind! !!!

Posted by Cricket_Fan_07 on (March 30, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Well Done Team IND! YUVI getting some form! BOWLERS = Fantastic! Was happy some players got time to bat such as dhoni and yuvi and co. CHAK DE INDIA

Posted by Ing.Awais on (March 30, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

it seemed like indians are not part of this tournament they are high on ranks like no one is competable all one sided matches anyhow they are through semis against proteas wish u best of luck and again very very disappointing show by aussies in field and batting

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

Big Big Win On Aussies What a performance by all the indian players JAI HO

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

Yuvraj deliver give India victory against Australia and a awesome innimgs played by all of them. WWWWWWOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWW

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 30, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

It is clear that Australian batsmen and bowlers simply don't have the skill set needed to win in subcontinent. Why didn't they play Jame Pattinson?

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

I think Bhuvi made a fantastic start. Quite surprising that none of the gripes coming from the Oz fans mention it. Frankly the Indian team has taken all the team to the cleaners. Also they are raising the bar in every next game. Looking forward to the semi and finals. Way to go team India!

Posted by Cricket_Fan_07 on (March 30, 2014, 16:49 GMT) yo not remember what happened in the champions trophy..which was held in England..India dominated. It is fair to say that teams may not play as well in conditions they are not used to. But DON'T take credit away from a team which deserves it.

Posted by Nishanthraju on (March 30, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Come on India.. This would have given Dhoni a very good confidence on his bowlers. Good to see that the two front line spinners are in terrific form and Sixer king Yuvi is back with a bang. Now the real test comes in the semis when they gonna face South Africa. SA bounced back strongly with Amla, AB gaining form.I think it would be a close encounter with India having slighter edge

Posted by Aus2013 on (March 30, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Is that the end of the Aussies winning major ICC tournaments....Champions trophy knocked out in the league stage and as well as ICC T20..I am just wondering seriously will they be able to win the world cup by next year in their home turfs...Why d heck Aus wasn't playing the qualifying stage in T20..Just like other Mino teams were playing...(Ban, Ire, Sing & Nepal).....Why d heck they are playing KFC T20...Mark my words...Aus will be loosing the match even against the Bang...Ind and Pak rnt playing T20 Just like WI, Eng and Aus...They won the 1st T20 2007 in SAF....Pak in Eng in 2009...Eng have won the cup too in WI in 2010....T20 is not about whacking the balls everytime...Its all about keeping wickets in their hands...Stupidity in going for a boundary for every ball..Does the Aussies dont have the brains to rotate their strikes.... 1st & 2nd match..poor display with the bat...with the courtesy of Maxwell,Hodgy and some runs on the board but failed 2 defnd wit b ball

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

What an epic self destructive performance by the aussies .... Like i guess even hong kong could have beaten tgem in this worldcup alot of changes need to be made in their team if they salvage somthibg from it ... Atleast they now have a blueprint of exactly what NOT to do in a wt20 tournament..... Kudos to india amazing performance have never been a team india fan but boy they are the best team in this competition by a looong shot .... Its their worlcup to loose now cause if they carry on like this they have in the bag !!! Now hoping team pak atleast qualify for the semis !

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

The same indian team won champions trophy in England ..doesny matter where you play matters how u play..go team india

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Hopefully India have not peaked early

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

@Neil what u are trying to say is every team fails outside its favourable conditions....then why point at india alone when they lose...remember we won CT in England(not spinner or flat pitches)...just admit it India do well in ICC tournaments...and its not our fault if teams cant play spin we also play in the same pitch and we do well...

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 30, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

All I can say is WOW WOW WOW !!! Nothing can stop India from winning this World T20 now. What a team !! Australia had no clue. I hope they can at least beat BD now lol. SA will face the heat now as they will meet this champion Indian team in the second semi final. The way India are playing, they will be surely in the final. Who wants to join us ? NZ/WI/SL/PAK. :)

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

This is really funny that some people are saying its only because of conditions Indians are doing well, well the same logic applies to australians also that they cant do well in subcontinent conditions.where is it written that only subcontinent teams are supposed to perform well outside their home conditions while australians/ s africans/ england/ new zealand are not supposed to perform well in subcontinent. Instead their fans and teams also start cribbing about CONDITIONS

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Hi.First of all congrats India on such a fine performance.I hadnt tuned in ,though i am a Pakistani fan,I follow all of India and Australia matches.Cricket and good honest cricket must and should be appreciated anywhere.I mean come on bowling Aussies out for 86.Great job.I havent read all the comments but from whta I have figured I am in mood to read any unsporting comments.Great performance and bye bye Aussies.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

@ neil lets be honest u didn't mention Eng as venue because India just won ct thr without losing a match...don't tell me the pitches were low slow there as we still remember aus wonderful whitewash in ashes.

And it is no rocket science tht a team tht has grown playing on certain pitch will perform well thr ..ind sl n pak doing the same.

Aus weakness against spinners has been exposed yet again. They dont hv a quality spinner either.

However aus is not as bad as the points tble shw..but this is tht sort of format whr anything cn happen with in 1 over.

Posted by Raja4mIndia on (March 30, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Good to see yuvi hitting couple of sixes.I wonder why Australian batsmen don't try to drag the score by rotating strike.They are playing like T10(ten10) match.

Posted by cric_passion on (March 30, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

What an emphatic win by India !! Well, before the match there where people talking about India's luck with the toss and Australia going to thrash India. I guess all the doubts have been taken care of including the class of Yuvraj Singh. Oh I am still not able to get the logic that Indians are Flat Track Bullies. Because if the pitch is flat considering we have the so called "worst" bowling attack, we should be taken to cleaners by the "mighty" Aussies. And lastly with the short boundary stuff. The length of the boundary is always same for both the teams. I am not going overboard with the victory. Just want to say comment logically and responsibly. It was a great performance. Dew wasn't a factor for poor performance as people have said, and no catches were dropped. I guess the standards have been top notch by Team India. Cheers!!

Posted by British_North_America on (March 30, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

Bangladesh vs Australia is the match to watch now.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

Whe SA and Aussies win in their home and lose in sub continent how you say they are the all teams win in their home only.So don't admire SA and Aussies as if they are world beaters.they are as fgood as the asian teams.thats all

Posted by byc89 on (March 30, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

After three practice matches, both Australia and Bangladesh are ready for some real challenge in next match.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (March 30, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

@Niel Shaw , for your kind information, 2007 T20WC was in SA and india was the champions , India thumped Aus,SA and Eng ( remember poor Broad) before reaching final

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Welcome back Yuvi... thanks to auses

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 30, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

What I am hoping is that WI will defeat Pak and NZ will defeat SL, and the teams in the semifinals will be NZ, WI, India, and SA.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

proud of my team.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Great Win... Congrats to Team India n glad to see that Fielding & Catching was outstanding with marvellous bowling... If people saying India won by luck bcz thr was no due so thy should watch all games of India agn n realize that thr is no due normally in Mirpur.. All the best to team for Semi Final n beat SA...

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

The Aussies have catapulted against the spinning dodgy bowling of Indian spinners, they seemed to have done their homework well. Also no one to hold the Indian innings together.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 30, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

@Neil Shaw: India won the first T20 WC in 2007, played in South Africa....And the only game it lost in that tournament was against NewZealand....

Posted by bhushanB on (March 30, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Yuvi should have been the MOM.... All bowlers bowled decently.. all spinners got wickets... Take out Yuvi's score.. there is not much Ashwin could have done to win the match for IND..

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

people were saying indian bowlers are not good in defending the total. today they packed aussies in two digits. keep it up guyz

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Why gripe? The best teams have to win anywhere under any conditions, right? Why would winning under South African or Australian conditions count for more? Do not get it other than that it may be a case of sour grapes.

Posted by OneTipOneHand on (March 30, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

What do you do when your batsmen cant survive 20 overs of spin? Call all those who can, flat-top bullies. Declare turning tracks 'dust-bowls'. And insist that only green-tops are 'fair and sporting'. Well, bye bye, Oz!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

I am sad for Maxwell. One man show for Australia in the whole Tournament. Love his clean hitting by the way.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

It might be Asian conditions. But so what? Australian conditions are not some superior test of talent. Why should teams be declared successful by doing well in Australia? If Aus losses can be put down to irrelevant matches in the subcontinent then Asian teams can treat Aus matches and losses the same way. Btw the future of cricket and it's financial centre lies in Asia.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

this tournament has good gamed. we have 1 semi finalist from each group and last group game from both groups is a quarterfinal. no ifs and buts in this .

good game from india. all these wins are coming from bowlers which is really good for india. spinners are super.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

haters hiding now...india is always a dangerous team when their bowlers are bowling well...Min. final you can expect....and wow...fielding was drop catches..

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 30, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Just go home Australia, we never turned up. Totally hopeless performances, takes us back to India 4-0. A kick in the face the boys needed, getting too complancent and thinking we can win everything. Get hard and score some bloody runs!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

India ..Go with the same 11 for final 2 matches

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Great all-round performance by Ind, favourites to win the world-cup for sure. Good luck India...From a Pak fan.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

A very poor performance from the Aussies...they were clueless by the strangle hold of the spinners on their batsmen. #SoulSearching needed Mr. Lehman.

Posted by Adoh on (March 30, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

Another dissapointing yet familiar result for Australia, and I thought they couldn't do much worse. Once again, Shane Watson fails to deliver - average 1.6 for the tournament - surely this is the worst for a number 3 in history. Not our best team on the paddock, however - I hope the players, coaches, selectors and captain learn from this tournament and turn that learning into results because as it stands right now, the Australian T20I team is an international embarrassement and laughing stock.

Posted by vick2025 on (March 30, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

Excellent Win for was really good to see Yuvraj get back in form...great fielding, catches, and bowling attack...Superb Win. We are ready to take on the next team in the Semi :)

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

This win silences those who had posted that the real test was against Aussies well they did not even manage to score 100 runs. Thus they didn't fare as well as Bangladesh did. The fact is that these are those people who never really want India to do well

Posted by Seperior on (March 30, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

wow wow wow what a performance..fantastic Indians...wonder what happened to Indian haters now?

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

Let's be honest. If the T20 was being played in Australia or SA, the sub-continent teams wouldn't stand a chance. India is doing well because of slow and low turning wickets. I would be very surprised if an Asian team doesn't win this tournament. SA could be the dark horse - can one imagine the best team being called a dark horse? It is the nature of the grounds and conditions (dew and all).

Posted by Temuzin on (March 30, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

Common haters be a sport. Just tell us how you feel now. India simply has routed Australia. easily one of the heaviest defeats in T20. Congrats India for remaining unbeaten so far. Be it chase or setting up of target and defending it. You were awesome. MSD's Midas touch is back now.

Posted by whatawicket on (March 30, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

seems when not playing England they are not so good.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

champs are always champs whos tht are u kidding india can't defend. ha ha ha.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

everyone was saying that dew will make indian bowling worst but really it didnt even effect a bit..finally yuvi got some imp runs n ashwin bowl really well

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

champs are always champs whos tht are u kidding india can't defend. ha ha ha.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (March 30, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Some poor lankans here ( there are some very good and sportive fans from that country) i feel pity on them , poor fellows!

Posted by Desiboi80 on (March 30, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4 - So, what happened to your prediction about India being taken to the cleaners? Lolz, the more you hate, the better they are performing, keep it up.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 30, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Its really heartening to see Indian bowlers standing up and being counted. Great Great performance from all of them. Ashwin is back with a bang. It have been bowlers all the way for India in this tournament. Very refreshing. India just need two good fast bowlers to become invincible.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

and if people still want to bash ashwin i guess its all down to him playing for csk...well bowled 4-11...

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

lol @ all the India hate!

Come on India is as strong in the subcontinent as Australia down under.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

@Naveed Raja- This is old..think smthing new to hate us in a new way.. Australia now nine

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

Aussies are giving some catch practice to india before semi's.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

Dhoni should bowl Yuvraj now. They batted first, experimented and got Yuvraj to score runs. But Rahane and Rohit failed. The batsmen all got a hit. Mohit Sharma also did ok. Good practice but against SL or NZ they will need some surprise as the stakes will be higher. India could have played Binny for Kohli, Rohit, Jadeja...

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

Ravi Shastri - the Indians have 'spun a web' on the Australian batsmen. Where does he come up with this stuff?

Posted by Lanka1003 on (March 30, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

Lucky india...indian luck continues with Dhoni back in this tournament...but there should be end to it.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

Come on guys at least now congratulate india.we do congrats teams who perform well as we are Indian we accept facts.indian bashers respect teams good performances...

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Well, lets give credit to india, they've played extremely well, specially thier bowling has been outstanding in this tournament. Go for it indians and meet us in the finals.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 30, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

With all 3 Ind wins in t20 it shows the effect dew,toss has had.Pitches have also not been upto it as with so much spin 1st up,toss is deciding factor.Most teams 1 chasing.For Aussies few L in t20 hardly matter aft. Ashes,SA wins.Well,t20 hardly matters!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

who gonna criticise Indian bowling now??????? haters common!!! rofl

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

I sense a small technical glitch. When Aus are sweeping, they are probably not taking turn into account and to a smaller extent they are misjudging the flight. It's probably got to do with lack of turn on Aus pitches and the spinners in Big Bash just tend to spear the ball into batsman's pads.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 30, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Oh Mishra what have you done? Anti-India fans will not be back on this thread now. How can they be? they were here to chuckle if India is losing. Any way those guys are going to be in hiding for the rest of the tournament. Now go get all the wickets..

Posted by cricpanther on (March 30, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

Great to see India's Country Man and Fighter like NSG commando, MS Dhoni's quick move to drop Dhavan and Gave chance to Rahane to open the inning, now still few more change i am looking for is to get Gambhir in to the team. Moreover, good to see improvisation of commentary of sanjay manjarekar too!! He is now become more bold commentary, raising voice and excitement coming down his way!!! (although he is mimicking Ravi Shashtri!!) Now nice to hear Manjarekar. Good thing of him is he is kind of NZ commentator of more towards micro observations....My recommendation to him not to fall more on that, but over all big picture, what matters. But keep it up Sanjay..going good....buddy!!

Posted by CricketFundas on (March 30, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

Lol. We had some Srilanka and Pak fans commenting on India's performance in the T20 WC so far and how they were going to be done and dusted by Australia today. Well, i suggest both these teams first figure out a way to get to the semi finals before shooting their mouths off!

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

#Naveed i completely agree with ya.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

so all haters wanted us to bat first and win that lol i guess they wont be coming today 75-7....

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

Australia are playing as if they came out to lose. Is the Australian battling Really That Bad? I do Not believe whats the cause? Most of them play in the IPL....could that be the reason.....another wicket....what is happening????

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4..are you for real??seriously..sometimes comparing a rookie spinner to Warne and so many poor comments,dont be such a blind hater..yes india is not the invincible team like WI of 1980s or Aus of last one decade but when they plays well you could atleast appreciate their effort..are you here only to spread hate campaign against India??

Posted by romirom on (March 30, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

suprise there is no dew. I think luck favour india every time.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (March 30, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

For all those who were ROUTING AGAINST IND,TO Bat 1st & Loose the match, FOR A NO1 TEAM when they BAT 1ST or LAST always BEST:-)Best fielding,Best Bowling & Best Batting,,,sure shot World cup.I think the same kind of scenario is going to happen VS Saf too.Over hyped teams many coming into this tournament.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (March 30, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

I FEEL VERY SAD for all those who were routing against Ind when they bat 1st.fFOR A No 1 ranking team bat 1st or Last ALWAYS BEST:-)

Posted by Temuzin on (March 30, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Jaddu please dont take wickets now. All our Anti-India fans have already deserted this thread. Bowl a few full tosses please and give em a few chances. Let this match be a bit competitive. Please.....

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Two of the big three are out already so australlia dont want the third one to be out of the competetion' australlian batsmen are much stronger for the weak indian bowling' bt they dont want to win

Posted by kc69 on (March 30, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Dear India haters, time to get back in hiding as we are going to be win this World cup.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

Now six wickets down for 66 for australia.. Where are our dear haters? Come back and hate us.. I miss ya all.. lol

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Its Big3 vs Big3,... :p

Posted by Machu.mac on (March 30, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Ha Ha MaxWell Gone....What a game !!!!

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 30, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

Go crush them,Aussies!Oh the pocket rocket is off! With Davy hitting his fav. Ind bowling way he is we are in for early finish.The crowd are in danger too.Not that they will take eyes off the action.Better be safe.Maxi is in as well.Regards.From India!

Posted by parthaspl on (March 30, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

@ manisacumen , i also feel the same.SA is the only team which may prevent IND for going to Semis.If somehow IND manages Amla and Steyn(most importantly Steyn)then WC is ours. Srilanka is always manageable to India.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

sigh...Good job India....any team who is gonna beat you better bring their entire quota of luck and then some more....

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:49 GMT)

Maxwell looks a bit like he's a one trick pony. Slog sweep seems to be his only scoring shot.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

Three wickets down for Australia.. seems like haters not gonna get any sleep

Posted by marlboro19 on (March 30, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

I can't believe how ridiculous some of the comments here are. India never lose after posting 150+ , and they have the batting to chase down even 200. India is taking this match as practice , but they are still going to win. That's the difference between Ind and any other team in this tournament. All they wanted from this game was to get YUV in some form, and that objective has been attained. People who bring up asia cup should remember Ind was without Dhoni and YUv; with this team , Sl and Pak can never catch up to Ind. They are just not the same class.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 30, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

Excellent bowling by India so far. I think early wickets will cripple Australia hard.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 30, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

Poor, poor, poor batting this tournament by Australia. Absolute disgrace.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 30, 2014, 15:40 GMT)

Indian bowlers have started fairly well. First five overs 3/21 runs. Not bad. Lets see if they can fight it out under dewy conditions.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 15:34 GMT)

Finally the Tiger roared!!! If yugo continue the same kind of batting, nothing can stop india winning the world cup!!! All the best yuvi

Posted by manisacumen on (March 30, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

Great knock by yuvi. good to see him back. we need him to fire in the semis. But I have my own doubts about india clearing the semis hurdle. Looks like SA will be the one to face india and india might be destroyed all of a sudden. India's batting has to come very good. Not less than 180 if we bat first and not more than 140 if we chase. Somehow i feel SA is going to win the cup. And if india defy them in the semis, then sure we are 50% winning the cup. but for that they have to cross the semis. Again, for Yuvraj, the selectors and the captain (most important) should repose faith in him for the World cup in Australia.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

yuvi rrtune to form.ind win to wcup

Posted by Temuzin on (March 30, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

Anti-India fans were in hiding for 3 matches. First sign of India not playing well and all of them crawled back on this thread. I see they may be disappointed to see India still scored a competitive total and Yuvraj has fired back to a quick fire 60. Lets see if our bowlers can get Australian's out within this total.

Posted by screamingeagle on (March 30, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

I see a lot of comments that can only come from being deficient in grey matter or being green with envy. Must be the nice neighbours who do cannot stomach India doing well :)

Posted by landofcricket on (March 30, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

my opinion is if india lose this match,then it will lose semifinal too....india has habit of continuing winning or losing matches...

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

Not the best of Yuvi but still better than most other T20 batsmen. Yuvraj the man vs Australia.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

India lost patience by having to play the final round match against the mighty aussies which they will surely lose from now on while they have been in semis for so long. Secondly, they were frustrated for the loss of toss and could not really recover. Both Kohli & Raina looked ordinary while setting the target and their limitation was exposed for liking of chasing targets. Youvraj who was in this time playing his last game has given headache to the selectors by scoring some runs. India should pray for dew not to come as they are heavily relying on spinners to win this tournament on spinning tracks but dew factors reverses the effect. Ashwin got the ball on wrong place to create some fun and could not score on the free hit while kohli & co looked from the fence helplessly.

Posted by Ashokdmightyindian on (March 30, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4 and @ Lanka1003 thanku your true sympathy for Sl and frustration against world's best batting line up can be understood!

Posted by appkhi on (March 30, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

Two BIG3 are already out of tournament the third will be out in semi final. India's luck will not play all the time...

Posted by slackers11 on (March 30, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

@electric_loco I lost count of how many times you took totally ridiculous after the match after u make silly comments

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

World was blaming him wen he is bad form but he is one of a fighters where he can shutter evry controversy against him....tat is yuvraj singh n when he plays well

Ahhhwwww the whole nation relaxes well...

Thank god fr making him today to prove the world wrong and accepting my prayers...

Luv u my champ Yuvi <3

Posted by Temuzin on (March 30, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

Now fans will realize, they should not be jumping on conclusion so fast. Most of them had written Yuvraj out. Today he showed he is still a champion. I think Yuvi is running low on confidence and needed Dhoni to guide him. The moment Dhoni came on Pitch talked to him and he was a changed man. It will be best for the team and Yuvraj if Dhoni comes around him. Dhoni should come after Yuvraj and then Raina. Both Raina and Tuvraj play excellent along with Dhoni and team India should exploit this combo.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

hmm...150 odd for the mighty batting lineup without any undue pressure to qualify....says more than whatever happened in the previous matches....

Posted by Waqs77 on (March 30, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

why not put headline today....Australia restricted india to 159. today headline, yuvraj took india to 159. everyone knows its a below par score in this tournament.....

Posted by Machu.mac on (March 30, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

What is Jadeja Doing in the end? Instead of hitting he is trying to hit singles and became runnout

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

Keep calm and watch Australia crush india today !

Posted by AshwinMS on (March 30, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

Yuvi is back!Yuvi is back!Yuvi is back!

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

I see indopak in the finals.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

Yuvraj plays the pace really well but the fact is that he's exposed against the spinner's.

Posted by AkDoN on (March 30, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

every1 was falling on Yuvi....just shuts up all with this...he is a true fighter legend in this world no one can even dare to match him...he is greatest all rounder ever in world....AUS has been abolished by him now

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 30, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

Yuvraj showing how mediocre he is at this level.Well he will struggle for double figs. vs Aus u19 bowlers.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

Shehzad(our very own virat kohli) played like a champion, he's love.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

Yuvraj has Australia's number. Whenever he plays them he becomes super human

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

Yuvi's <3 love, he'll be a key in the up coming game's.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 30, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

Dissapointing from Australia. This is the type of cricket they should have played against Pakistan. Still not up to scratch tough, feilding not as good as it should be.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

India will win the match...and Aus will out of tournament...100% sure

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 30, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

Wow!, young Muirhead is some talent! Aus and world cricket have found next Warne,I bet.Was amusing seeing o/rated V Koli look totally clueless vs him.

Posted by Lanka1003 on (March 30, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

its clear that india is not matching aus strength... today india is exposed...

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

And many of so called indian fans wanted to shut the door for yuvi ...he is must if india wants to win the trophy ..people use ur head and put little effort to differentiate between boys and men ...

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

India has been an underdog and only relies on top 3 batsmen and if they don't score then team stumbles.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

for all pakistan supporter wanna see how gud india is, i think we have shown u in the opening match ... to me it doesnt matter weather india win or loose, as far as yuvi comes back in form.... will be big big plus in semizzz.....

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

100% today india will loss this match...its my pridiction

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Australia missing fawad ahmed, leg spinner is moe poductive on these pitches..

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Can somebody remind yuvi that tho is 20 20

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

India batting first cannot even get 100 He he he

Posted by alcapoon on (March 30, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

Looks like India and 130-140 scores are glued together...........whether batting first or chasing

Posted by romirom on (March 30, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

india lucky to won tos in last 3 matches. Lok what hapining here against the spin of maxwel and muhraid.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

Yuvraj 6 off 13....Bring back Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

Now India is batting first for the first time. Let's see their batting and bowling. They will no doubt struggle.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

Indian team seems to be CSK. 5 out of 11 are from CSK. Best of luck to others who are representeting other than CSK, guys it'll be difficult to get place in Indian squad.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

Rahane - the most disappointing player in limited overs cricket for India. He just doesn't exude the same confidence that he shows in test cricket

Posted by Lanka1003 on (March 30, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

Real test for india today with quality opposition... loosing wicket in a heap...lets see

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

Mohit over Aarun? 125kph v. 145kph... India doesn't encourage any fast bowling, do they??

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

Somebody tell Yuvi that this is a T20 and not a Test match. This is not a time for defensive strokes.

Posted by waqas-mazhar on (March 30, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

Today it will be decided how good this Indian Teammmm is .... All the faults and rights will be exposed today... India was winning just cuz of luck nt with the strategy... the luck with the tosssss

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

Yuvraj is playing solely based on reputation, not form. Hope he does well otherwise he needs to be rested.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

Binny should have replaced Kumar in this dead rubber.

Posted by imransaheb on (March 30, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

India will lose this.Face saving win for Australia.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

no doubt india is in a great touch but they cannot win. it will be crunch game .

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

rohit gone 1st over...

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

dhoni lost his luck at the toss...hope his luck doesn't get's a good decision to change the squad....all d best ind...go indian go...:D

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

Australia, the pre-tournament favourites but knocked out after just two games.......

......and that's what comes from arrogance.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

India will win no doubts

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

Real test for India bowlers against the destructive Aussie openers. For sure the openers will refuse to take runs in the first 3 overs which is criminal in 20 over game. But knowing India, they'll never change the attitude.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

Rock And Roll Mission Starts Here ;) Only 3 more matches.. Here We Go.. Might have Tried Binny in middle order and make Kholi in opening with Sharma eventhoygh I dont like Rihith to be in open.. All the best Team India:::))))

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

This is a litmus test for India Good luck to both the teams

Posted by debuu on (March 30, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

If u not want to include a real quick bowler than I think that Binny was a better option than Mohit Sharma..For quick option, Aroon was better than Sharma..let's see what will be the effect of this Sharma compered to Ishant Sharma....All d best India...We r d best!!!!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

Rahane & Mohit good change!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

It could be a good toss to loose before a stunning semifinal. Lets see how much youngistaan will made and how they will defend it.. Interesting to watch

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

Toss Loss! Now Indians will have the excuse for losing match as if luck was with them.

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