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India vs. Australia Semi-final in Sydney Grabs Eyeballs; Aussies Elect to Bat First

india men in blueNew Delhi, Thursday, March 26 – Finally that day has arrived when India and Australia are ready to compete in Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, which is likely to get crowded as the match progresses.

Being a crucial game of the cricket carnival, both the teams eye to take revenge. In view of the fact that Indians were defeated at the hands of the host in the Test and Tri series held late last year and early 2015, they would love to be a step head of the rivals.

Despite sudden demise of Phillip Hughes after being hurt by a bouncer in November, Australians excellently performed under severe stress. It wasn’t easy at all for them to win but dedication and determination made them be successful in the matches and outshine. India were at the back foot even though a few players like Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay exhibited wonderful play.

It is perhaps the right time to make use of the experience they earned on Australian pitch in the last few months. Undoubtedly, they did their best in all the matches of World Cup tournament to this point. India’s way to the semi-finals wasn’t easy. They reached to this spot post defeating the arch-rivals Pakistan in a high-voltage match, South Africa in Melbourne Cricket Ground by a margin of humongous 130 runs, West Indies by 6 wickets in Perth, United Arab Emirates in the same ground by 9 wickets, Ireland by 8 wickets at Seddon Park, Hamilton, and Zimbabwe by 6 wickets in Eden Park, Auckland.

They further thrashed Bangladesh in the quarter-finals by 109 runs. Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina set the base and ensured fans that India are going to fight in the semis. An attention-grabbing contest is about to start within a few minutes. Great shows are likely for the reason that none of the teams want to be at the back foot by any means. If this break is exploited in the best way possible, the defending champions will meet New Zealand in the final, which is to be played on Sunday, March 29. That position would only make India actually say ‘we won’t give it back’.

But to save the title, Indian camp needs to cross the Australian hurdle. If India pocket triumph on Thursday then the last match will be played between the two playing XIs that remained unbeaten throughout the entire tournament. India and Aussies are all set for a contest which will declare the second finalist of World Cup 2015 at the end of the day. Australia certainly got the advantage of playing at home but Indian fans have reached to Sydney stadium to transform it into the sea of blue.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke won the toss, which was imperative in different regards, and chose to bat first against Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team India. All eyes are now struck how fast bowlers and spinners perform against the Australian batting line-up. The New Zealand are already through to the grand finale after beating South Africa in Auckland ODI a couple of days ago by 4 wickets.

Two strong contenders have geared up to fight with bat and ball in next to no time, audience predicts a nail-biting contest today in the field. Dhoni’s calm & composed attitude & right strategies paid off in the earlier games but he himself know that match against Australia is not going to be easy at all. Indian fielding has been brilliant in this World Cup. It is the perfect time to make use of the skills what Indian cricketers have developed by spending more time in practice session. Motto is clear and it is none other than to win the today’s match by pouring hundred percent efforts. With no change in the squad, responsibility on each Indian player increases.

Australians would also try to put pressure on the Men in Blue by hitting some boundaries and biggies in the early overs. They too look forward to revenge against India as the bad memories of 4 years ago are still fresh in mind when they lost 2011 World Cup quarter-finals at the hands of India. Rain probability remains but that is not expected to affect the match for a long time as it did on Tuesday after which New Zealand had to chase a big target estimated according to D/L method against South Africa. Hopes are soaring and Indian supporters do not want anything less than a big victory from India. Curious eyes will be struck on each ball of the match given that nobody wishes to miss the action. Let us wait and watch what happens next.

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