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World Cup Semifinal : The Factfile of Australia vs India

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Sydney : When the Semi finalist teams of ICC World Cup 2015 these are Australia and India meet in the World Cup semifinal on Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, there's bound to be some friction. Both captains have attacking mindsets in the 50-over format, and the top order of both batting lineups are stacked with free-hitting players.

Australia and India have won six of the last eight Cricket World Cup titles and have developed a heated rivalry over the last decade. The winner will advance to Sunday's final against New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Here are the Factbox on Thursday's cricket World Cup semi-final between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground :

Australia

  • Coach : Darren Lehmann
  • Captain : Michael Clarke
  • Squad : Clarke, Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shane Watson, George Bailey, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc.

Top performers of the team :

  • Maxwell (301 runs) : The middle-order batsman has been in red-hot form, smashing bowlers to all corners of the ground and often with unconventional shots. He has scored 66, 1, 88, 102 and 44 not out in five knocks and also took five wickets with his off-spin.
  • Warner (288 runs) : Warner made the most of the Afghanistan bowling, scoring 178 against them in Perth and has averaged 57.60 in the tournament.
  • Starc (18 wickets) : The left-arm seamer is second in the list of wicket-takers and has taken wickets at an average of 9.77. He has bowled fast and accurate.

Key to beating India : 

  • Starc will have to make early inroads and the frontline batsmen need to deliver against India's bowling attack which has dismissed opponents in all seven matches so far.
 Results so far at 2015 World Cup : (Matches 7, Won 5, Lost 1, 1 abandoned)

 India :

  • Coach : Duncan Fletcher
  • Captain : Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  • Squad : Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma

Top performers of the team :

  • Dhawan (367 runs) : Has batted himself back into form and will have to continue the good work. His partnership with Sharma at the top will be crucial for the holders against the formidable pace attack of Australia.
  • Kohli (304 runs) : He has failed to convert his starts after scoring a ton against Pakistan in the opening match. He had gone without a half-century since that 107.
  • Shami (17 wickets) : Has impressed in World Cup debut with his ability to bowl at a lively pace and clever use of the bouncer.
  • Yadav (14 wickets) : He has bowled short and fast and has been able to swing the new ball with good control.

Key to beating Australia : 

  • Need to bat well against Starc in the opening overs and Kohli needs to bat long against the co-hosts who have been unbeaten against India in the four months across all formats.
Results so far at 2015 World Cup : (Matches 7, Won 7)

Australia v India head-to-head :

  • Total played: 117
  • Australia won 67, India won 40, no result 10

At Sydney Cricket Ground :

  • Played 14, Australia won 12, India won 1, no result 1
  • Last match: Jan. 26, 2015 - Rain washed out play after 16 overs



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