All eyes will be glued on the second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) when Australia takes on India in a high profile clash. Thursday’s game will be Australia’s seventh and India’s sixth appearance in the last four. Australia have never lost in a World Cup semi-final they have featured in while India have only managed to win three of their five semi-final games.

The match seems overly balanced looking at the statistics of the players in both the teams. The opening batsmen in either sides are explosive when at their best. Although, Aaron Finch is out of touch after the century against England in their first game of the tournament, but can be very dangerous if on-song. The middle order for both the teams looks settled all through the World Cup.

While Australia have the likes of Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith; India is not far behind with Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. All players in both the sides are match-winners and have proved themselves in the World Cup.

Australia’s advantage of a deep batting line-up with James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson and Micthell Starc may play a key role in the game as well. The bowling of Australia as well, overall looks stronger in compared to the Indian attack but in the World Cup, the Indian bowlers have been mighty impressive with Mohammed Shami right in the mix to be the highest wicket taker in the tournament.

The key difference could be Ravichandran Ashwin, as spin is the only discipline where India edges out Australia. And Ashwin’s back-up will be Ravindra Jadeja, who hasn’t performed to his expectation but gives the Indian bowling attack the much needed balance and variety. The SCG track historically has aided the spinners and on the big day, this may India the advantage.

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(Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India’s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sportsmarketer , strategist, entrepreneur,  philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it’s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully and rivu7)