After pulling off a magnificient victory against Bangladesh in quarter-finals, The Men in Blue will look to carry on the momentum in their semi-final clash against the co-hosts Australia on March 26th at SCG. Australia, on the other hand, also come into the semis with a spirited victory against Pakistan in the quarters. With the pitch at SCG tipped to assist the spinners, it looks like that Australia might have a tough time facing R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Let us take a look at the stats preview of this all important clash:
–> 6-4 Australia’s win-loss record against India in ODIs between the two teams since the last World Cup. In Australia, they have a 4-1 record, while India have a 3-2 edge in India.
–> 7-3 Australia’s head-to-head advantage in ten World Cup games between the two teams.
–> 6.16 Australia’s run-rate in the mandatory Powerplay overs, the second best among all the teams in this tournament. New Zealand top the charts with a rate of 7.54.
–> India is the only team in the tournament which is yet to lose a wicket in the batting powerplay.
–> 4 Number of batsmen who have scored hundred’s for India – Shikhar Dhawan (2 hundreds), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina. For Australia, Aaron Finch, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell have gone past the three figure mark.
–> 31 Wickets that India have taken in the middle overs (between 11th and 35th), the second most by any team. New Zealand lead the charts with 38 wickets. Australia feature third in the list with 29.
–> 18 Wickets taken by Australia’s Mitchell Starc in 6 matches in this World Cup, more than anyone from India.
–> 367 Runs scored by India’s opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan in 7 matches, more than anyone from Australia.
–> 27 Wickets Indian bowlers have taken in the last 15 overs, the most among all teams. South Africa are second with 26.
–> 7.85 Australia’s run-rate in batting powerplay overs, the second best among all teams in the tournament. South Africa lead the charts with a rate of 9.43.
–> 50 Wickets Australia’s fast-bowlers have taken in the 7 matches till now compared to Indian fast-bowler, who have grabbed 42 scalps.
–> 22 Wickets Indian spinners have taken till the quarter-final stage compared to the Australian spinners, who have grabbed just 6 (five by Glenn Maxwell and one by Michael Clarke)
–> 967 Runs scored by India’s top three batsman so far, thanks mainly to Shikhar Dhawan (367 runs at 52.42) and Virat Kohli (304 runs at 60.40). It’s the third most among all teams with Sri Lanka leading the list with 1200 runs. India’s top three have scored these runs at a combined average of 53.72.
–> In the last five ODIs at Sydney, teams winning the toss and batting first have won two out of 4 times.