About the Match
Never before has Australia been in such dire straits in a competition this great; facing the threat of elimination from the World T20 tournament, they go up against India in a must-win game on Mar 30 at Dhaka. India has already reserved its semi-final berth after three back to back wins however Australia lost both its matches, against Pakistan and West Indies and is yet to open its points tally. The contest will be fierce as Australia tries to make a fighting attempt to keep its hopes alive whereas India is looking super-confident after a string of victories and it will be a tough team to beat here on Sunday.
The Aussies got it completely wrong as they faced a foot-in-the-mouth kind of situation against the West Indies; sloppy fielding, missed opportunities and a lacklustre performance from bowlers as well as the batsmen saw the might of this team crumble on Friday. Shane Watson, Warner and Finch were once again dismissed early and the team struggled at 41-3 when Bailey and Maxwell took charge to build the innings, wherein Maxwell scored a superb 45 runs off 22 deliveries. Hodge and Faulkner too put up a 52-run partnership for the 6th wicket to take the total to 178 runs. However, the bowlers couldn’t stop the heroics of the hard-hitting Windies and thanks to dropped catches and a string of misfields, the match slipped away from their hands. The players will have to come out all guns blazing against the Indian bowlers who are in very good form presently; the bowling needs to be tightened and overall, the team has to necessarily go back to winning matches for survival here.
Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashwin and Shami have led the bowling attack with such fierce precision that they have reduced their opponents to meagre totals in all the matches played so far. The batsmen, Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Raina and Dhoni have easily chased the targets, displaying their batting skills with great poise. The team has dominated its opponents all the way through and they look highly confident going up against Australia, now that their semi-final spot is booked. However, they will be eager to keep a clean slate and come up with a strong performance yet again. The fielding needs to be strengthened if they want to have the upper hand against the Aussies, who will be surely firing it big; and the bowlers, must continue with their good work to restrict the opposition to a low total once again. With a good strategy and cool heads above their shoulders, the upcoming match should be a piece of cake for the Indian contingent.
It’s do or die situation for Australia and they will put up a strong fight against India to stay alive; India on the other hand have nothing to lose but will be eager to go into the semis without a loss. Though the contest will be fierce and have the ups and downs of a thrilling T20 game, India has peaked at the right time and looks well placed to continue with its winning momentum.
India, 1.90 @ Bet365