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India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin to play key role for India, says Shane Warne

Former Australia spinner Shane Warne expects Ashwin's spin early on or in the middle of the inning will be vital for India.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: March 27, 2016 7:08:55 pm
Virat-Ashwin-m Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin to play key role for India when they play Australia in Mohali. (Source: Reuters)

India and Australia face-off in Mohali in what is a virtual quarter-final for the Group 2 teams at the World T20. The winner will join New Zealand, England and West Indies in the semi-finals. (STATS || POINTS TABLE || FIXTURES)

Former Australia spinner, Shane Warne said two players hold key for India – Ravichandran Ashwin with the ball and Virat Kohli with the bat.

“Ashwin can bowl in the first six (overs) and in the middle too. Australia have struggled against the spin at times. I think the Mohali pitch will turn. So Ashwin’s a huge key there,” he said in the pre-match analysis.

“Virat Kohli averages over 50 against Australia and they’ve struggled to figure out a way how to get him out. I love watching Kohli play and he’s a wonderful batsman,” Warne said in appreciation for the versatile batsman.

On the other side of the fence, Warne felt Aaron Finch and James Faulkner will be vital for Australia.

“If Finch can set up early, he can be very destructive against the spinners and pacers up front. He is a very important player for Australia.”

“Faulkner can help Aussies with the ball too with variations in his bowling. He can restrict India or keep them down if they’re chasing.

Warne also said that whoever wins the match will go on to win the ICC World Twenty20.

” I think whoever wins the match will go on to win the ICC World Twenty20.”

When asked to pick between the two for the winner, Warne stayed diplomatic and said, “This is the biggest game of the tournament and it is going to be a very close fought game. But my heart says Australia. But it’s a shame that one of these sides will miss out from the finals but it definitely will be a big game.”

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