This is going to be the biggest match of the tournament so far. Whenever and wherever India and Australia meet the cricketing world waits with baited breath, as it is rightly the clash of the titans.
The Indians are coming out of a break, something the boys must have long desired after a hectic IPL and two back-to-back games in the world championship. They will be fresh and ready to go. A break after a win is even more enjoyable, especially in the Caribbean. Viewers must have been watching on television the historical and newly rebuilt Barbados ground. But I must tell you that the country is even prettier. The new stadium is fantastic and befits the greats the place has produced .
The Indian team must have closely watched the Australia-Bangladesh match and have had a fair idea of the re-laid pitch of Barbados. It looked a terrific cricket pitch with fair bit of bounce for the quicks and also grip for the spinners.
History tells us that Australians have never been great players of left-arm spin and it showed the way they played the two Bangladeshi left-arm spinners. The Indians will definitely pick on this and consider it as a major chink in the armoury before they play the Aussies today. They must also be happy to see the bounce and pace in the wicket, as that will allow their batters, who love the ball to come on to play freely. The fast bowlers of both the teams will come handy in this game as the pitch will still have a fair bit of carry even after the last game. But we will have to wait and see how long that lasts, as games will be played on it every day.
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The Aussies will be keen to see Mitchell Johnson fit on this track as his pace will be very handy. He contributes well with the bat as well and that will strengthen the lower order of the Aussies.
Clarke and company will have to re-look at their batting order. Brad Haddin should bat at three, whatever be the case, as he opens for Australia in the shorter version. Haddin looked out of place for the Aussies in the middle-order. Clarke should go down the order and play the role which Mike Hussey is doing for them now. Hussey once again proved the other night that, whatever is the format of the game, class is important and batsman with good quality and technique will always do well.
The spinning department will be the Aussies biggest weakness. It seems Clarke and Australian team management is happy with Steven Smith and David Hussey as their options. This is one area where India is very strong and will put lot of pressure on the Aussie batting.
India has a settled team, specially the batting. The return of Gautam Gambhir in place of Dinesh Kartick will strengthen Indian batting even more. The Rainas and the Yuvarajs will try and continue their good form, as that will be the key to success. Zaheer Khan will also come in to the side and I won’t be surprised if India continues with Praveen Kumar instead of Piyush Chawla. At the end, it could well be the battle between the Aussie quick’s and Indian spin and an enjoyable game to watch.
The T-20 World Cup has reached its business end and every game from now on will be exciting and challenging.
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