India will face Australia in a virtual quarterfinals match at the PCA Stadium, Mohali tomorrow night. It promises to be a mouth-watering clash between two top cricketing nations. India has not played their best cricket in the tournament so far while Australia is coming off a big victory against Pakistan.
Here, we look at the 5 players to watch out for in India versus Australia crucial tie
- Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli always loves to score runs against the Australian team. In 3 match T20 series against Australia in Australia, he scored 199 runs and helped India to whitewash Australia 3-0 in their own den. In the ongoing ICC World T20 2016 tournament, he is the only India batsmen to be in some kind of form. He played a match winning knock against Pakistan. Against Bangladesh, he scored 24 off 24 balls. In tomorrow’s important clash Australian team, Virat Kohli needs to score big if India is to beat the Australian side. Virat Kohli will be up to the task and hope that he produces the big knock.
- Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja has been the inform batsmen for Australia in the top order. He scores runs at a quick pace and gives the team a flying start. Usman Khawaja has scored 38 against Australia, 58 against Bangladesh and 21 against Pakistan. He is looking in good touch and timing the ball. His placement has been great so far. If Australia has to beat the strong Indian team, then Usman Khawaja needs to continue his good form. Australia is depending upon Khawaja to give the team a good start.
- R Ashwin
R Ashwin was at his best in the previous match against Bangladesh. He turned the ball and gave the Bangladesh batsmen no chance to hit big strokes. Whenever MS Dhoni needed wickets, Ashwin provided the team with breakthroughs. He gave away just 20 runs and took 2 important wickets in the previous match. If the Mohali pitch turns a little bit, then Ashwin will play a vital role in picking wickets and also stopping run flow of the Australian batsmen. His four 4 over’s will decide the fortune of the Indian team.
- Steve Smith
Steve Smith came back in form against Pakistan. He scored 61 runs off 43 balls and also remained not out. The pressure will be on for Steve Smith to play another captain knock for Australia. In yesterday’s match, he took singles and rotated the strike. Steve Smith needs to make changes according to batsmen. Steve Smith also loves to score runs against the Indian team. Steve Smith needs to lead from the front. Steve Smith should put aggressive fields to the Indian batsmen otherwise, it will big trouble for the Australian team.
- Jasprit Bumrah
Against Bangladesh, Jasprit Bumrah had a disappointing day dropping a catch and also being smashed for four fours by Tamim Iqbal. In the 17th over and 19th over he came back well bowling yorker’s at will which made it tough for the Bangladesh batsmen to hit. He has a good record against the Australian team. If he shares the new ball with Ashish Nehra, then he needs to take early wickets to put pressure on the Australian batting line up.