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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.

News

Dhoni credits familiar conditions for success

Also puts down team’s winning streak to positive dressing room environment

MS Dhoni credited the team environment for India’s fine resurgence in the World Twenty20 after having won their third consecutive match in the tournament, against Bangladesh.

"A good dressing-room atmosphere and having belief in yourself and enjoying each other's success," Dhoni said. "A lot of things happen around cricket but you have to be focused when you are representing your country. That is one thing that this team has done really well.

"And of course accepting the challenges, enjoying the challenges, trying to prove that you are one of the best when it comes to international cricketers. Once you are in as a batsman you want to take the team through, if you are bowling well on that particular day you want to take wickets for the team, if you are a part-timer the same things applies. It is all about the dressing-room atmosphere and we have kept it really nice."

India have become the first team to qualify for the semi-final, something they failed to do in the World Twenty20 since they won the tournament in 2007. Asked if the team spoke about making the knockout stage, the Indian skipper answered in the negative.

"We do not really discuss all that because one of the facts is you are supposed to play well. That is what the criteria is. If the consideration was just getting into the semi-finals, then what do you do once you reach the semi-finals? You should be happy and just stay there and say okay, we have reached the semi-finals, we don't really want to play it.”

Dhoni, however, said the team entered the competition with the confidence of knowing the Bangladesh conditions well and that it suits their strength of spin.

"I feel what we did was, we came in with nothing really in mind. Knew the conditions quite well,” he said. “We play in the subcontinent quite a few games, especially the IPL, so we had the right kind of exposure. We knew the kind of problems we could face when it comes to bowling and batting and we had to work on that. So again we were concentrating on the process irrespective of what format we are playing. I feel it is always the process that is very important. Once you know the problem area, you can work on it and in a tournament like this it is very important you do not expose yourself, your weak link, to the opposition too much."