Sydney, March 26(IANS) - Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and opted to bat…
In a high-voltage clash, billed as the final before the final, India square off against hosts Australia in the second semin-final of World Cup 2015 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Catch all the live cricket score and updates from the match here: (Live Scorecard | Stats)
08:31 (IST): TOSS! Australia have won the toss and will bat first. Both teams remain unchanged. Winner will face New Zealand in the final.
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Indian fans at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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Dhoni, Clarke gear up for clash of the titans at World Cup 2015.
Superpowers collide in World Cup semifinal
Sparks can be expected to fly when confident, well-balanced teams from cricketing superpowers Australia and India clash in a mouthwatering World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
The match pits four-times champions Australia, the top-ranked team in one-day cricket, against title holders India, the dominant financial power in world cricket.
The winners will go on to face the other co-hosts New Zealand next Sunday in another of the great arenas of the game, Melbourne Cricket Ground.
India Eager to Make Australia Visit Worthwhile
Like a racehorse trained to peak for the big race after months of preparation, India’s cricketers are confident they have timed their run to perfection at the World Cup.
The Indians have already spent four months in Australia with nothing to show for their efforts.
Michael Clarke Credits MS Dhoni for Indian Team’s Redemption
Australian captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday lauded the efforts of his Indian counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni in turning things around for his team.
A large section of SCG is expected to back Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team but the Indian captain will be well aware that his team and he will have to dig deep in their reserves to be able to stop Australia from setting up Sunday’s title clash with their trans-Tasman rivals, New Zealand. If the teams turn up at the park with their A games, fans could get a game to cherish.
India have had a fine run in the World Cup, winning all seven starts, but they will have to be well on top of their A game to be able to beat the strong and determined home side and get to within one match of having the chance to defending the crown, a feat achieved only by the great sides of the West Indies and Australia.
After spending an evening, sweating under covers as it rained over Sydney, the pitch was back under the charge of its caretakers, curator Tom Parker and his colleagues. Between sessions of rolling spread over the day, the pitch had a number of curious visitors, including Australia coach Darren Lehmann, Chairman of Selectors Rod Marsh and his colleague Mark Waugh.
Clearly, the curator’s attempt has been to ensure that the pitch would be even-paced unlike in the quarterfinal where it started off being dual-paced and challenged the Sri Lanka batsmen.
Stay tuned, Toss coming up in a few minutes