Australia will go into the semi-final as favourites © Getty Images
Australia will go into the semi-final as favourites © Getty Images

India have had a glorious run in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 winning all their seven games, making their way to the semi-final. But when they face Australia, their dream run will meet its end. Australia, unlike India, may not have won all their matches in the group stages but Rishad D’Souza sees plenty of reasons to believe they’ll knock India out.

1. Home advantage: Yes, it is abuzz that the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is going to witness a majority Indian majority crowd which will make the Australians ‘intimidated’.  Only a naive person would say that. England was admittedly intimidated during their Champions Trophy final against India at Lord’s in 2013, with a majority Indian crowd getting after them. But Australia are a different kettle of fish; if anything, getting booed at their own ground will only spur them on. Besides, home advantage is about more than just crowd support and Australia are sure to capitalise on factors like pitch conditions and ground dimensions. India vs Australia ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final: What the pitch could be like?

2. Australia’s bowling attack: Australia have a bowling attack that sets the base for a mouth-watering contest against the Indian batsmen who have also been scoring a lot of runs. Australian bowlers will have the edge here since Indian batsmen are yet to be tested by a bowling line up of this class in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. It is quite evident that Dale Steyn and co were out of sorts this World Cup. Pakistan, on the other hand,  were under the mental block of playing against India in a World Cup match. The Australian batsmen have promised a hard time for the Indian batsmen and they’re likely to live up.  India vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Semi-Final 2 at Sydney: Match facts

3. Ground record: India have a horrendous record at the Sydney Cricket Ground. They have won just one game at the SCG, whereas Australia have bagged wins on 14 occasions. Even if Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s calm-mind blocks this from consciousness, it is still going to prove a motivating factor to the Aussies. Read: India vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Semi-Final 2 Preview

4. Captain Clarke: It hasn’t gone unnoticed that Michael Clarke has been out of sorts ever since his return to the Australian squad mid-way through the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. For a player of his calibre, however, a big one is due and where better than the SCG for that knock to come. Simply put, Clarke is the boss at that ground. If India somehow manage to get him out cheaply, they’ll suddenly have a much better chance of winning. Clarke brings up records to slam critics of his World Cup form

5. Ravindra Jadeja is a weak link: Ravindra Jadeja is just one out of 11 players and one misfiring player is not likely to make a difference against other teams. However, to beat a side like Australia you have to be at your very best. New Zealand, the only team that beat Australia in the tournament so far, went into the match without any evident weak link and were playing at home and yet only managed to scrape through with a one wicket victory. Jadeja may end up being the reason that Australia ultimately end India’s journey. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Semi-Final, India vs Australia: Australia divided on sledging

(Rishad D’Souza, a reporter with CricketCountry, gave up hopes of playing Test cricket after a poor gully-cricket career. He now reports on the sport. You can follow @RishadDsouza on Twitter)