With just hours left for the clash of titans in the second semi final of World Cup 2015, let us check out the two teams.


David Warner:  Undoubtedly the most dynamite left handed opener after Aussie great Adam Gilchrist, Warner has the ability to play big innings with a very high strike rate. If he stays for 30 overs tomorrow, India’s chances will gradually reduce to zero. 8.5/10

Aaron Finch: Warner’s partner Finch can play long and quick, but struggles early against the new ball closer to his body. 7.5/10

Steve Smith: The anchor of this Aussie batting line up, Smith has the perfect composure for a pressure match like that of the semi final. Indian bowlers need to see his back early. 9.5/10

Michael Clarke: With fitness and form concerns, Clarke is fighting a lot of battles. However his big match experience will help if he survives the early scares. 8/10

Shane Watson: Back in form, Watson is as dangerous as it can be in the shorter versions of the game. On his day he will take on the Indian spinners right over the mid wicket boundary. Short ball will be a good way to get rid of him early (Remember Wahab Riaz’s spell). 7.5/10

Glenn Maxwell: Explosive. Maxwell has been trying to play long this time. That is what is making him even more dangerous. He can change the game on his heads in 10 overs. Dhoni will know him well after his innings against CSK in the last IPL. 8.5/10

James Faulkner: Another game changer. Faulkner has however not been in good form in the World Cup with that bat. 7/10

Brad Haddin: He can bat anywhere in the line up. Haddin can hit the ball hard as well as play a calm and composed innings under pressure. 7.5/10

Batting Total: 64/80


Shikhar Dhawan: Dhawan is in good form and India will be expecting him to fire big in the semi final. 8/10

Rohit Sharma: Rohit had an average group stage outing but is back in form at the right time. He will be looking to follow up his hundred against Bangladesh with something of great impact. 8/10

Virat Kohli: India’s trump card against the Aussies. He hit 4 hundreds in the test series and will be looking for another when he walks out to bat at SCG. However he needs to keep a check on his nerves. 9/10

Ajinkya Rahane: He played well against South Africa, and Dhoni will need him to fire again at Sydney. His cool head is what will be important in such a tense match. 8/10

Suresh Raina: In good form, Raina will be the key finisher to the Indian innings whether they bat first or chase down the Aussie score. 8/10

MS Dhoni: He along with Raina will love to take India to the finals for the consecutive time. His big match temperament is absolutely what the nation is looking for. 9/10

Ravindra Jadeja: He hasn’t done much with the bat so far except a breezy innings against Bangladesh. But he has to fire, if required, tomorrow. 7/10

Ravi Ashwin: His batting may be tested if things get down the wire. And Ashwin can use the long handle well enough. 7/10

Batting Total: 64/80

Mitchel Starc
: He has been the key to Australia’s success in this World Cup. His ability to bowl the yorkers  are turning out to be decisive. 9.5/10

Mitchel Johnson: He has not be in the best form, but he is a big match player. He can bowl fast and in home conditions will be very effective. 9/10

Josh Hazelwood: MoM for the last match, he doesn’t have much pace but makes up for it with his accurate line and length. 8/10

James Faulkner: Depends on the slower ball a lot with his variations. He is the death over specialist. However Indian batsmen will have to capitalize on his loose deliveries. 8/10

Glenn Maxwell: The weak link in the Aussie bowling. Indian batsmen should not be worried of his off spin and look to make the most of his overs. 6.5/10

Steve Smith/Michael Clarke: Either of them will have to make up for the fifth bowler if Maxwell cannot bowl his quota of 10. India’s path to bigger score. 5/10

Bowling total: 46/60

Mohammed Shami: The star of the bowling line up. He has pace, bounce and accuracy. He will look to remove the Aussie openers early and attack Maxwell with short stuffs. 9/10

Umesh Yadav: He has the pace but needs to stop giving a loose ball every over. 8/10

Mohit Sharma: He has been Dhoni’s trump card this tournament with his variations and slower bouncers. A lot will depend on how he bowls. 8.5/10

Ravi Ashwin: He is the key in the middle overs to get wickets and halt the scoring rate. The bigger ground of Sydney will suit him well. 8.5/10

Ravindra Jadeja: He has to bowl well in the semis. Given the fact Aussies have only one left hander in the top 7, Jadeja’s causes will be helped. 7.5/10

Suresh Raina: Dhoni likes to bring him on whenever he needs a breakthrough, and Raina has delivered for him in the past. 7/10

Bowling Total: 48.5/60


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