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Over 16 || Score 89/1
Jadeja with his 2nd over. Finch slapped the bowler towards cover region to get his third boundary off the 2nd ball. Seven runs off the over.Even after losing first wicket early in the form
f Warner, Finch and Smith stitched 50-run partnership for the 2nd wicket. Both the batsmen are looking set in the middle. Five from the over.
Over 14 || Score 77/1
Spin for the first time as Jadeja has the ball in hand. He has to be slow in the air. The left-arm spinner gave six runs from his opening over.
Over 13 || Score 71/1
Mohit to continue. India bowlers are using too many shorts balls and Aussies are good pullers. Finch pulled Mohit towards mid-wicket for a four off the 1st ball. Mohit has good variations up his sleeves. But he has to stick with that off-stump line. Seamer leaked seven in the over.
Over 12 || Score 64/1
Surprisingly, MSD brought Kohli into the attack. Smith collected a boundary off the 4th ball as Kohli offered a loose ball. Seven off the over.
Over 11 || Score 57/1
First bowling change! Mohit Sharma has been brought into the attack. Tight over first up by the seamer as he gave mere a single.
Over 10 || Score 56/1
1st ball, and Smith placed it towards point to get a boundary. Off the next he pulled Yadav for another boundary, this time towards cow corner. Ball is coming nicely on to the bat. In the meanwhile, Smith changed his bat. Smith then hit two consecutive boundaries towards mid-wicket region. Yadav leaked 16 runs in the over.
Over 9 || Score 40/1
One leg slip in place for Smith. Both the batsmen — Smith and Finch — are dealing in singles at the moment, good thinking. Superb over by Shami as two runs have come from it.
Over 8 || Score 38/1
Yadav to continue. India haven’t used the bouncer thus far, which they have used so effectively in this tournament. Disciplined bowling by the strike bowlers. Four from the over.
Over 7 || Score 34/1
Both the Indian seamers are running in hard, pitching the ball up and troubling the batsmen. Sticking to the basics and that would be the key for India. Another good over for India as two runs came in it.
Over 6 || Score 32/1
Yadav with his 3rd over. Nervy start by the Aussies. Big LBW appeal off the 1st ball against Smith, but umpire was not interested. Tight over by the seamer as he conceded mere a single in it.
Over 5 || Score 31/1
Shami to continue. 1st ball and a boundary as Finch played it straight down the ground. India have to keep attacking with the new balls. In the last ball came three runs from Smith’s willow. Expensive over as 10 runs came from it.
Over 4 || Score 21/1
Yadav strikes! Warner Out! Leading edge from Warner’s bat and Kohli took a simple catch at long off. Big wicket. In-form Smith has come to the middle. Ball is swing a bit. Off the 4th ball, Smith played the ball in the gap towards long off and covers to get a boundary. Six runs came from the over and a crucial wicket.
DA Warner c Kohli b Yadav 12 (7b)
Over 3 || Score 15/0
Shami is troubling Finch like never before. A big appeal of LBW off the 2nd ball. But height was the factor. Shami is creating pressure from one end. Yadav needs to back him up. Another good over by the seamer as he gave mere a single in it.
Over 2 || Score 14/0
Yadav with the other new ball. First ball, came a boundary as Warner played a straight drive. Off the next came a single. Finch is looking uncomfortable in the middle as the ball is moving a bit. Off the last ball, Warner pulled the bowler for a six over mid-wicket. 12 runs came from the over.
Over 1 || Score 2/0
First ball, and it was right on the money, leaving the outside edge of Finch’s bat. Big appeal of LBW off the 3rd ball, but it was going outside leg, one extra. Fourth ball was a peach of delivery as it once again missed the outside edge of Warner’s willow. Excellent start by Shami, two runs off it.
David Warner and Aaron Finch have come to the middle. Finch will take the strike. Shami is set to bowl the first over.
Indian players looked intense during the anthem and MSD looked focused as always.
Time for National Anthem as both the teams are heading towards the center.
Australia have never lost World Cup semi final, whereas India have won 2 out 3. But India can take heart from the fact that in 2011 WC they defeated the Aussies while batting second.
Now the onus is on Indian speedsters to pick up few early wickets to push Australia on the back-foot. Trio of Umesh, Shami and Mohit have to attack the Australia openers.
Toss: Australia have won the toss and elected to bat first. Not a single change in both the teams.
After a thrilling 1st semi-finals expectations are all time high form the 2nd semis.
Big occasion for both the teams. Australia have won the four World Cups, while India have two in their kitty. Pressure match. Huge expectations. Whoever will win play New Zealand in the finals.
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Australia and India renew their rivalry once again and this time it is a high octane clash at the SCG as the semi-final encounter will bring out a top class performance between to high-profile teams. Australia go into the game having beaten India 12 times in 14 ODIs here. The numbers present a picture of domination from the hosts and its something they will be proud of.
The winner of the match will meet New Zealand at MCG on Sunday. For Australia they have a bunch of match winners who can single handedly win matches. The set of all-rounders in the team present a positive feeling in the team and look threatening on paper. The likes of Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell present a huge threat and their pure batters present a class that is rich and experienced.
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In the bowling department, Mitchell Starc will look to lead the attack and he will be well supported by Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood.
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For India their batting need to shine and their top three players need a big score but it will not be easy against top quality bowling. The onus will be on Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni in the middle order to ensure they bat well. The bowlers meanwhile have impressed and will look to continue their fine form against a solid Aussie batting. Spin factor will be crucial as the likes of Ashwin and Jadeja will be important to stem the flow of runs.
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It will be a clash between two skippers and both will look to outwit each other and come out on top.
Expect India to do well against the Aussies in a close encounter and come out with a victory.
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Richard Kettleborough
3rd Umpire: Marais Erasmus
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(c/w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Axar Patel, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ambati Rayudu
Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith, Michael Clarke(c), Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin(w), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Xavier Doherty, George Bailey, Pat Cummins