The match that was hailed as the match of the tournament and even bigger than the Finals is all set to get underway at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground with the pre-tournament favourites Australia taking on the in-form team in this World Cup India for a place in the Finals to face New Zealand. The rivalry is all set to continue after a two month break as India and Australia were playing each other in 4 Tests and an ODI tri-series in which India failed to win a single match. Here is the build up to the most anticipated match of the World Cup.

Pitch and Weather

Currently it is raining heavily in Sydney but the weather on the match day is expected to be mostly sunny. The wicket at the SCG has been the talking point over the past few days as it traditionally supports the spinners and since India is strong against spin along with two quality spinners in their rank, the hosts might make use of the home advantage. As it looks, the pitch is expected to be a belter with some pace and bounce in the offering for the bowlers.  

Road to Quarter Finals

Australia (Pool A)


India (Pool B)

Beat England by 111 runs

1st Match

Beat Pakistan by 76 runs

Match Abandoned

2nd Match

Beat South Africa by 133 runs

Lost to New Zealand by 1 wicket

3rd Match

Beat UAE by 9 wickets

Beat Afghanistan by 275 runs

4th Match

Beat West Indies by 4 wickets

Beat Sri Lanka by 64 runs

5th Match

Beat Ireland by 8 wickets

Beat Scotland by 7 wickets

6th Match

Beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets

Beat Pakistan by 9 wickets

Quarter Finals

Beat Bangladesh by 109 runs


Indo-Aus rivalry has many historical encounters in the past

Head to Head:

Australia has the upper hand against India as they have won 67 out of the 117 encounters in the past. India has won 40 matches and the remaining 10 was washed out.

Previous World Cup Encounters:

1983 World Cup, Nottingham: Australia won by 162 runs.

1983 World Cup, Chelmsford: India won by 118 runs.

1987 World Cup, Chennai: Australia won by 1 run.

1987 World Cup, Delhi: India won by 56 runs.

1992 World Cup, Brisbane: Australia won by 1 run.

1996 World Cup, Mumbai: Australia won by 16 runs.

1999 World Cup, Lords: Australia won by 77 runs.

2003 World Cup, Centurion: Australia won by 9 wickets.

2003 World Cup, Johannesburg: Australia won by 125 runs.

2011 World Cup, Ahmedabad: India won by 5 wickets.

Form Guide

Australia come into the semi-finals after demolishing Pakistan in the quarters at Adelaide. The hosts are in a splendid form since the start of the tournament as they finished second in Group A. The batsmen did well in patches so far but the team management will need them to fire from all cylinders in the semis against an in-form Indian bowling. Glenn Maxwell was the only Aussie batsman who looked threatening in the World Cup. Openers Aaron Finch and David Warner did not have a good tournament apart from a hundred each. Steve Smith looked good in the last three matches but the rest seemed to be below par. Shane Watson has looked threatening since his return to the side and change of position from number 3 to number 5. Their strength in the World Cup is their bowling led by Mitchell Starc who is the second highest wicket taker in the tournament. Josh Hazlewood is fresh from a Man of the Match performance and he would like to contribute with the ball and make some early inroads in the Indian batting line up. Mitchell Johnson returning to form would be a blessing in disguise for the Aussies.

Mitchell Starc holds the key for the Aussies against India

Best Batsmen




Glenn Maxwell


Shikhar Dhawan








Total Runs









Highest Score



India came into the quarters with 6 wins on the trot in the group stages as they demolished each and every team that came their way and in the last 8 clash at the MCG, they got the better of their Asian rivals Bangladesh by 109 runs. India will look to fix the issues in their squad ahead of the semis. Their main headache is the form of Virat Kohli, who is yet to fire in this tournament apart from the 100 in the opening match against Pakistan. It is very safe to say that he is saving his best for the semis, but it will worry for the team management till the runs flow from his bat. He got starts in most of the matches and can be termed unlucky but at the end of the day, the number opposite to his name in the scorecard matters. It’s high time that he begins to score a big one. Form of Ravindra Jadeja is also a concern for MS Dhoni and Co. as the All Rounder has been completely out of sorts in the group stages as he was the least effective of the Indian bowlers and even with the bat, he hasn’t delivered goods when he got a chance. Even in the quarters, he seemed to be in comfort zone but has been termed as the weak link in the Indian team. It is just a matter of time before Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli will fire and the team management will be happy if they fire against the Aussies.


India will look to continue their good form in the World Cup

Best Bowler




Mitchell Starc


Mohammad Shami








Runs Given












Best Bowling


Team News

MS Dhoni does not have a habit of changing his team in a tournament but for any injury scare. The defending Champions are in full strength and the team management won’t mind to go in with the same XI that played against Bangladesh. On the other hand, Australia might be tempted to include spinner Xavier Doherty against India because of the nature of SCG wicket but given the performances of their quicks, it won’t be fair enough on them to get dropped. So, the Aussies might go on with the same XI with Maxwell being the frontline overs.

Playing XI

Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma.

India will hope for their premier batsman Virat Kohli to fire against the Aussies


Key to Success:

Australia: Irrespective of bowling first or second, Australia should get the Indian Top 4 as early as possible. If they manage to do so, then they are in with a real chance of making it to the finals.

India: If they bat first, India should put on over 300+ and put the opposition under pressure. If they bowl first, dismiss the Australian batsmen to a low score and expect the batsmen to chase it down. 


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