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Can inspired indians tame the awesome Aussies?

by laxman
September 22nd, 2007

indiaIt’s taken just a Week and a half to reach the bussiness end of the World Twenty20.India and Australia deserve their semifinal sports.The Indiana have shown indomitable spirit to win two do or die back to back matches convincingly, and quality for the semifinals.

After the loss to Zimbabwe, Australia eased past England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, but was done in by Shoib Malik and Misbah ul Haq relentless hitting in its match against pakistan. But the Twenty20 Australia squad hasn’t been as intimidating as some of the past teams.
Lack of Twenty20 experience hampered the start of the campaign, but the team has progressed well. “We feel like we are getting better everyday. We had a kind of along break. The less competitive games you play going into a big tounament you need some time to get back into the swing of things, the pressure of winning and losing. Even in the practice games you don’t
get that kind of a pressure. It has been great that we have been able to find our way through to this phase of the tournament and we are getting better every time. We are playing the semifinas on Saturday in as good a shape as we can be,” said Aussie coach Tim Nielsen.

Best equipped: Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist are the best equiped bastmen in the tournament to deal with India’s opening bowers. Even of Pointing doesn’t play, the Aussies will be tough to beat. They are deadly in knockout matches.

“we don’t fear any team,” said Irfan Pathan, also adding that there might be a possibility of him opening the bowling with
R.P Singh, to exploit the swining conditioin against Australia’s left handed openers. R.P Singh has been brilliant in this tournment.

The Australian bowlers were destructive against Sri Lanka. Brett Lee was quick and Stuart Clark was at his best. But the conditions at Cape Town , in a morning match, were different from what they will get here.
Having played three matches already at Durban, the Indias will be better prepared.
The biggest concern for india will be Yuvaraj Singh and captain M.S.Dhoni ‘s fitness. India coach Lalchand Rajput said that Yuvaraj and Dhoni fitness would be assessed on Saturday morning.”Yuvaraj is much better than Thursday. So hopefully he will be available Saturday. But John Gloster will assess him tomorrow morning,” he said.

“Gloster will assess Dhoni again tomorrow, but it seems okay at the moment but the final call will be taken tomorrow,” said Rajput. Should the two be fit for the clash, India might fancy its chances of making it to the fial.

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