Oh, I am so happy and exciting today . Do you know the reason? Team India did this again and that too against Australia. And, the hero was Yuvraj Singh, who was out of the form for last few months. What a batting performance by him and lovely bowling by Indian bowlers.
India had already won its previous 3 games and entered into semis and Aussies were almost out of the World Cup and they lost this one too. Now, India will have to face semifinal on 4th April, 2014 against one team from another group (not decided yet). And that will be more exciting as the World Cup is going more and more interesting continuously. If you missed any of the 3 games of India against Pakistan, West Indies, and Bangladesh you can check the summary here:
- 1. Summary of India-Pakistan League Match in T20 World Cup
- 2. Summary of India-West Indies League Match in T20 World Cup
- 3. Summary of India-Bangladesh League Match in T20 World Cup
Australia won the toss and elected to field first.
India: MS Dhoni (Captain & Wicket-Keeper), RG Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Amit Mishra, B Kumar, M Sharma
Australia: GJ Bailey (Captain), Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shane Watson, Glen Maxwell, BJ Hodge, Brad Haddin (Wicket-Keeper), Cameroon White, MA Starc, JM Muirhead, DE Bollinger
India: 159/7 in 20 overs
Australia: 86 in 16.2 overs
Results: India won by 73 runs.
Mohit Sharma: 2-0-11-1
Man of the Match
R Ashwin: 3.2-0-11-4
Summary of the Match
It was the first time in this World Cup that team India had to come first to bat. But India failed again in getting a good opening stand. Rohit Sharma was out in the first over of Brad Hodge after making only 5 runs. Today Ajinkya Rahane was opening in the place of Shikhar Dhawan, but he was also unable to score good enough and scored 19 runs. Indian star batsman Virat Kohli also failed today to score big and got out for 23 runs. Suresh Raina were caught at the score of 6 runs only and India was in trouble as India scored 66/4 in 11.3 overs. But, after that Yuvraj Singh and Captain Dhoni increased the run rate and scored a good partnership of 84 runs in just 7 overs. MS Dhoni was bowled out by Starc at the score of 24. Yuvraj Singh was highest scorer with 60 runs in 43 balls with the help of 5 boundaries and 4 sixes. India scored 159/7 finally in 20 overs.
After Indian batting Australian’s start was also not good and not only the start, but their whole inning was very poor batting performance. Indian spinners trashed their batting line up. Opener Aaron Finch could score only 6 runs and were caught by Kohli on Ashwin’s bowling. GJ Maxwell scored highest 23 runs for Australia, but he was also bowled by Ashwin. Ashwin picked up wickets of David Warner (19) and JM Muirhead (3) also in just 3.2 overs giving away 11 runs. Amit Mishra also bowled well once again and picked up 2 wickets in 3 overs after conceding 13 runs. M Sharma, B Kumar and R Jadeja picked up 1 wicket each. M Starc got run out and hence whole Australian innings was all out on the score of 86 runs only.
- Australia scored 27/3 in powerplay (6 overs) which was worst by Australia in T20I against India.
- Yuvraj hit his 3rd fifty in 6 T20Is against Australia.
Next Big Games
Indians have to face one of the semifinalists from group 1 on 4th April, 2014. Winning in semifinal will take India to finals and lose will lead to the elimination and so will be a very crucial match.
Your Views and Predictions
What do you think about this match and what are your guesses for performance of Indian players in semis. Do you also think that India will make its place into finals? Tell us in the comment section below and keep enjoying this super exciting T20 World Cup.