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India take on Australia in Mohali on Sunday and the winner of this match would go into the semi-finals of ICC World Twenty20. In the run up to this clash of the heavyweights, let’s look back at their previous World T20 encounters.
India vs Australia – 2007 semi-final
The inaugural edition of World Twenty20 itself saw the two big-wigs of cricket face off on the big stage. India took on Australia in the second semi-final in Durban. After winning the toss, India batted first and riding on a Yuvraj Singh’s innings of 70 runs from 30 balls, Men in Blue posted 188 runs in 20 overs. In reply, Matthew Hayden along with Andrew Symonds gave Indian bowlers a hard time before S Sreesanth cleaned up Hayden for 62 followed by Irfan Pathan dismissing Symonds for 43. The Kangaroos required 22 runs in the last over and the ball was given to Joginder Sharma. Sharma didn’t make any mistake and conceded just six runs while picking up two wickets including the dismissals of Mike Hussey and Brett Lee to help India win the match by 15 runs and register a berth in the final.
Australia v India- 2010
In 2010, Australia met India during the group stages with fans in Barbados playing witness. Australia were put into bat by MS Dhoni and the Kangaroos didn’t waste this opportunity to post a huge total. Australia went on to score 184 runs in 20 overs, courtesy David Warner’s 42-ball 72. In reply, India had the worst possible start and no one in the middle over chipped in with the runs that left Dhoni’s men tottering at 50 for 7. Rohit Sharma was the lone warrior for India. He scored an unbeaten 79 but this wasn’t enough to help his team over over the line as India lost by 49 runs.
India vs Australia- 2012
The Group 2 match in the 2012 edition was another occasion when the two team locked horns. India won the toss and elected to bat first in Colombo. Indian batsmen could only muster 140 runs in the allotted 20 overs. Australia chased this target with ease, clinching the win by 9 wickets with 31 balls left to be bowled.
India vs Australia- 2014
The Group 2 match in Mirpur between India and Australia is something that the Australian team would like to forget. India were put into bat and they scored 159 runs. Yuvraj Singh scored 60 runs off 43 balls. But what happened during Australia’s chase was something impeccable from Indian bowlers. They ripped apart the Australian batting line up to wrap up their innings for a mere 86. R. Ashwin had four scalps to his name as India registered a win by 73 runs.