Expectations Soar from Team India against Australia in Semi-finals; New Zealand Gear up to Thrash Proteas

March 23 09:15 2015

dhoniNew Delhi, Monday, March 23 – Indian Cricket fans can’t wait to see India be on the winning side in opposition to the Aussies on Thursday, March 26. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s ‘playing XI’ has been in outstanding form when the cricket carnival kicked off on February 14. The job done on the 22 yards pitch wasn’t expected at all, keeping in mind their poor show in Australia a couple of months ago.

Consecutive defeats against the host and England in the Tri-Series and unimpressive batting and bowling attack made the Men in Blue look highly uncompetitive. It wouldn’t be wrong to say supporters predicted they might not even qualify for the semi-finals after losing in important matches. However, the team surprised everybody right from the first game. Roads to the semis hasn’t been a calk walk, although, they let things look appear to be extremely simple.

Playing against arch-rivals Pakistan is extremely pressurizing for India. Same is the situation always with Pak. Losing a match against each other is what India and Pakistan can’t afford at any cost. This is the reason why some outstanding shows are witnessed when these two squads are all set to face-off. A bit of luck and, of course, terrific exhibitions of talent through bat and ball let Indian camp be at the front seat.

The team ranked !st in its Pool with 12 points. In view of the fact that they beat Pakistan by 76 runs, South Africa by 130 runs, United Arab Emirates by 9 wickets, West Indies by 4 wickets, Ireland by 8 wickets and Zimbabwe by 6 wickets at different time intervals and faced a variety in attacks from the opponents, confidence of Indian cricketers soared. No wonder if they keep on putting their best foot forward and win next match which is to be played against Australia – who reached at this spot post thrashing Pakistan in the quarter-finals.

Here is to mention that had Misbah-ul-Haq’s boys been able to succeed vs. the Aussies to be in  the next level, it would probably been one of the most desirable things for the cricket lovers. Enthusiasm is unmatched when India and Pak are in front and especially at a time when a win books a berth in the grand finale, which is to be played on March 29. In the World Cup 2011, these two teams came on the crease in semi-finals from where India showed Pakistan a way back to home.

Nonetheless, excitement is going to be at peak this time as well since Australians were crushed by Dhoni’s potential players in the knockout stage in the same year.  Now, attempts will surely be made by the Aussies to be at the leading position but it would be interesting to see whether they would get success in doing so or not. Paying no attention to amazing show of India isn’t possible particularly when most of the key players were struggling with poor form in Australian grounds.

If a comparison is to be done among Australia and India then the former’s condition is far good than the latter party in record books. Head to head, India won 3 matches whereas Australia 7 times. There shouldn’t be any hesitation to mention that Mahendra Singh Dhoni – led Indian team will leave no stone unturned to douse the strength and strong points of Australia in the approaching contest. Each player know his job very well. Ravichandran Ashwin, though, got only a fewer wickets in the ongoing tournament but he has impressed almost everyone. His brilliant deliveries in different spells proved that the 28-year-old Chennai boy utilized the time in learning new methods of bowling, which could help his teammates taste victory.

The level of excitement went up as soon as New Zealand qualified in the top 4 teams, thrashing West Indies by a huge margin. The Kiwis have been in good form too from the beginning but none would have probably thought they will inflict 143-run defeat on the men in red dress. Dropping a catch cost West Indies a match, which was a key to enter in the second round and play against South Africa.

New Zealand skipper Brendon MaCullum won the toss and decided to bat first versus the rivals, which were full of talented batsman. However, Martin Guptill, whose crucial catch was dropped by Marlon Samuels when he was batting at 4, played an astonishing innings of 237 runs from 163 balls. After 50 overs, a humongous total of 393 runs were put on the scoreboard that was not at all an easy target to chase. The Caribbean were all out at 250 runs. Now, the winners of New Zealand vs. West Indies match will play against South Africa in Eden Park, Auckland.