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Shirin Sadikot & Rajneesh Gupta in Mumbai 29 March 2014 - 05:50pm IST

Preview: World T20 – Australia vs India

India aim to top table; Australia fight to stay alive

What

Match 28 of the ICC World Twenty20, 2014

When

Sunday, March 30, (13:30 GMT | 19:30 Local | 19:00 IST)

Where

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

The Teams

Australia

The team from Down Under haven’t been able to maintain the high they came in with after the Ashes success. With two losses in as many matches in the tournament so far, Australia are staring down the eliminating barrel. Darren Lehmann can only hope the desperation will bring out the best in his team.

Australia’s pace-centered bowling attack has understandably struggled on the slow and low Mirpur wicket, conceding 175-plus runs in both matches. George Bailey might consider reversing his decision of leaving Brad Hogg out of the XI in the last game. In such spin-friendly conditions young leg-spinner, James Muirhead, would prefer playing a support hand to an experienced campaigner like Hogg.

India

MS Dhoni seems to have entered his comfort zone where his team is operating like a well-oiled engine. In all the three matches so far, Dhoni won the toss, spinners restricted the opposition for a below-par target which the batsmen chased down with ease. Given they have already qualified for the semi-finals, Dhoni must consider creating a different situation by electing to bat first if he calls the toss right once again. The experience would help both batsmen and bowlers in the knockout games.

Given the Indian skipper’s track record, expect him to make little or no change in the playing XI, hence keeping from disturbing the continuity.

Key Players

Australia


Glenn Maxwell is in red-hot form, top scoring for Australia in both the matches with 74 and 45 respectively. If he could add to his form, his IPL experience against the Indian players, he could win the Aussies the match singlehandedly.

India

The spin-twin of Amit Mishra and R Ashwin has worked cohesively to architect India’s previous wins. They should feel further confident given the Indian spinners generally have an upper-hand over the Australian batsmen.

Statistics

Statistical Preview, India vs Australia

Result summary in Twenty20 Internationals

Mts

Won

Lost

NR

Win%

India

49

29

19

1

59.18

Australia

71

36

34

1

50.70


Last encounter between these two sides at Rajkot on October 10, 2013

India 202/4 beat Australia 201/7 by 6 wickets

Last 5 matches (Most recent listed first)

India: W W W W W

Australia: L L W W W

Captaincy records

Mts

Won

Lost

NR

Win%

MS Dhoni

45

25

19

1

55.55

George Bailey

26

13

13

0

50.00


Trivia

Glenn Maxwell has scored 119 runs off just 55 balls in the tournament at a strike-rate of 216.36. 104 of those runs have come in only boundaries.

R Ashwin is yet to concede a six off his bowling in the tournament

Nearly half of balls bowled by Indian bowlers in the tournament have been dot balls.

Squads

Australia: George Bailey (capt), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin (wk), Cameron White, James Faulkner, Daniel Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Brad Hogg, Doug Bollinger, James Buirhead, Mitchell Starc.

India: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Amit Mishra, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Ravindra Jadeja.

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