International Cricket Council World Cup 2015 co-hosts Australia defeated Pakistan by 6 wickets to secure a semifinal position against defending champions India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on next Thursday. The margin of win suggested a one sided encounter but what it does not say is that the Australian team almost made a mess of the 214 run chase against Pakistan’s pace bowlers.
According to VVS Laxman, the former India cricketer, it was a good indication for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’ men.
David Warner, Aaron Finch and Michael Clarke were beaten by pace and bounce, at one stage, Australia were in a spot of bother at 59 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Had Pakistan held on to their opportunities, including that of Shane Watson, an upset was quite much on the cards.
VVS Laxman told that Australia’s batsmen seemed under pressure. Finch looked out of sorts and he was amazed to watch Clarke get out the way he did. He thought there could have been an upset.
Australia’s batsmen have demonstrated a lot of vulnerability throughout the International Cricket Council World Cup, particularly against quality bowlers. They were blown away by Black Caps and their faults were once again revealed by Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval. India, who are the only side to have taken 70 wickets in the World Cup, will test Australia harder. VVS Laxman felt India’s bowlers would be licking their fingers ahead of the semi-finals.
Laxman also added that Australia’s issues with batting is encouraging for Indian pace bowlers. They can put pressure on the Aussie batting line-up. India are a far upper level fielding component than Pakistan and their 3 seam bowlers have bowled with much better accuracy and considerable pace. The likes of Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja would not drop easy catches and their agility will make Australia think twice before scurrying for those quick singles.
Even Australian captain Michael Clarke accepted his team would need to raise their match against the Indians.