Very interesting and difficult final Group 1 match India vs Australia will be played on 27th March 2016 at Mohali. Sunday’s clash between the two feared rivals promises to be a humdinger with the victor gaining the right to play the semifinal and the defeated team packing their bags and nursing hurt egos.
There is every reason to believe that India can continue their supremacy over the Aussies, especially considering how the visitors have struggled in all formats of the game on typical sub-continent wickets. However, Australia’s 190+ score against Pakistan on the same ground might put doubts into minds.
The last time India faced Australia in a world event at home was the 2011 World Cup in Ahmedabad, which was also a quarterfinal. MS Dhoni led team won that match and then also won the title.
India Playing XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w/c), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra
the Indian team seem to have blended into a balanced unit from the starting of year 2016. There is clarity in the minds of the management about the best composition for this format in general and the WT20 in particular. The Indian XI has remained largely unchanged since the bilateral series against Australia in January 2016.
India’s wounds are fresher with many on the current team being victims of that defeat, exactly a year ago at Sydney. Overall, India seem better equipped and ready as a unit to battle against this Australian team, knowing that victory is non-negotiable for survival in the tournament.
T20 World Cup 2016’s last 2 matches in Mohali was a big scored match. The nature of the Mohali’s wicket and the fact that Australia have a disturbed bowling line-up, could play into the hands of the Indians on Sunday.
India have quality spin options like Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin with the ability to take wickets or to bound the Australian players. Relatively, Aussie spinners Adam Zampa and Glen Maxwell do not have enough experience or accuracy to trouble the in-form Indian batsmen.
The last time Australia defeated India in a T20I was in the 2012 WT20 in Sri Lanka but after that India have won over Australia in all five T20I matches.
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