The Kangaroos will face host India in Mohali in a do or die match against on March 27 in Mohali. Australia have kept their semifinal hope alive beating Pakistan by 21 runs.
Australia currently stands in the second position with four points and have better run rate than India, who also have four points. So, they need to beat India to qualify for the semifinal to meet West Indies in Mumbai. They have a strong batting line-up and bowling attack which can stun in their given day. The semifinal berth will give Australia to chance to qualify for the final for the second time and win the World T20 championship for the first time.
Weakness: They didn’t even settle down with their opening combination. Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch are not sure about their batting position till now. In the last match, Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch open the innings and failed to contribute with a big innings. Australian bowling department too looks shaky. But, James Faulkner’s five wickets haul against Pakistan will boost their confidence before the big clash against India.
Strength: Australian middle order is comprised of David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh- which is indeed formidable. So, they will test Indian bowlers’ skill and there will be a good duel between the spin duo-Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin- and batting protégée-David Warner , Shane Watson and captain Steve Smith. James Faulkner will be the bowler to watch out for.
Predicted XI: It is expected that Australia will bring Mitchell Marsh in the team in place of Aaron Finch. So, Shane Watson will open the innings to strengthen the bowling attack and lower middle order batting.
AUS XI: Usman Khawaja, Shane Watson, David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Micthell Marsh, James Faulkner, Peter Nevill, Asam Zampa, John Hastings, Josh Hazelwood
Expectations: Australia will face a stern challenge from India as Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli love to play Australian seamers. But, if Australia take their wickets early then the will get on the top of India and most likely to qualify for the semifinal.
Pitch conditions: It is tired Mohali pitch after long domestic season so slow medium pacer and the spinner will good assistance. But, a batsman who has good technique will make a mark on this pitch.
Weather: It will be a partly sunny weather. The mercury will notch up to 33-degree celsius. However as the match will be held in the evening expect a gentle breeze to ease up the players.
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