After almost two weeks of intense action, we finally have three of the four contenders for the ICC World T20 2016 title. New Zealand, West Indies and England have qualified for the semi-finals and the fourth and the final spot will be taken by the winner of match between India and Australia on Sunday, which has become a virtual quarter-final owing to the group standings. Title favourites and hosts India need to win it at any cost to proceed to the semi-final. They will have massive home support when they take field on Sunday. But it is not going to be easy to get past Australia.

Their record in the shortest format notwithstanding, Australia have perennially been the biggest contender coming into every World Cup. They say if you beat Australia at the World Cup, you can beat any team. Even though India gave them a sound 3-0 thrashing in their own backyard just a month back, Sunday’s match will be a new challenge. The playing conditions will be different and the pressure that a World Cup knock-out game brings with it will have to be dealt with. Whichever side handles it better, will win it on Sunday. Indian bowlers appear ready for the battle, while the batsman are far from it.

Though India came into the tournament as prime contenders, on the back of winning 10 of their last 11 T20Is, they have not looked like a champion side. Their batting has looked ordinary so far, with heavy reliance on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. But when they have failed, the team has looked extremely ordinary. Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina have been struggling for runs. The 30 runs that Raina got against Bangladesh was not a convincing knock by any means. Yuvraj made vital contribution in the game against Pakistan, but he too has struggled otherwise. India need to make sure that their batsmen fire at Mohali, which will be a much better batting wicket.

Australia too have their own share of problems. Though they beat Pakistan convincingly, the loss against New Zealand and a scratchy win against Bangladesh has exposed their frailties. Their biggest dilemma will be whether to play Aaron Finch or not and where to play David Warner. Too many changes in the batting order will not take them anywhere and an unsettled opposition ahead of a crunch game is exactly what India will be hoping for. Australia’s bowling has been decent overall and is likely to test the Indian batsmen. The likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood and James Faulkner will pose a threat to the Indian line-up and with Adam Zampa getting into the groove, it will certainly not be a cakewalk for Team India.

Buoyed by their win against Bangladesh, which has been labelled as ‘great escape’ by many, India will look to bring their A game on Sunday. The Australians too are wary of the strength of their opposition. “We know we have to be at our best to beat India. They are an incredible team. Especially in Indian conditions, it is going to be a huge challenge for us. It is the ultimate challenge in any format, to play India in India. If you can beat them on Indian soil, it is an incredible achievement,” Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who recently bid adieu to international cricket, said during the media interaction ahead of this high-voltage clash. The game will witness many key battles among the bigger battle and it will eventually come down to the individuals, who will see their side home with some exceptional performance. Let’s take a closer look at the likely XIs that will take field on Sunday:

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Infographics by Chinmay Jawalekar | Designed by Srushti Takale

(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior writer with CricLife and CricketCountry. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed here @CricfreakTweets)