The India vs Australia clash in Mohali is a virtual quarter-final with the winner joining New Zealand, West Indies and England in the World T20 semi-finals. What favours India? (STATS || POINTS TABLE || FIXTURES)
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, the two out-of-form Indian openers, like the ball coming onto the bat. This game provides them with an opportunity to strike form as the Australia pacers would have pace on the higher side. If the strip is similar to the one used for Pakistan-Australia game, openers’ return to form remains a mere formality.
There is a lot of talk about spinners in this World T20. New Zealand’s spin trio, West Indies Samuel Badree and likewise from other teams. While India’s R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have impressed, Australia lack a bit in that department. Only leg-spinner Adam Zampa has impressed. India have their part-timers like Suresh Raina also chipping in with wickets while Australia do not have that advantage.
No doubt Virat Kohli has been the pivotal figure for India in this World T20. After the failure against New Zealand, he won the match for India against Pakistan with an unbeaten fifty. Against Bangladesh, he eased some nerves in the middle with a crucial stand with Suresh Raina. India would like him to continue delivering especially when it is needed the most in a match like the one against Australia on Sunday.
The fans in Mohali will see the Indian team play there for the first time in the tournament and they would like to see their team win. Australia have played here on Friday against Pakistan. But the fans will back the home team and see them reach the semi-finals.
Though it is a different game and different pressure, India will take confidence from their T20I series clean-sweep against Australia earlier in January. India managed to chase down big targets there and that would lift the confidence in the camp.