The war of words between these two rivals has been had all throughout the Australian Summer, and come Thursday, the talking will be done and cricket will at the forefront when Australia hosts India in the second semi final of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. With so much at stake the action promises to be fierce on and off the field, and you need not miss a minute when streaming it live to a compatible mobile or internet enabled device.
2015 Cricket World Cup Preview
Australia progressed to the World Cup Final Qualifier with a dominant win over Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval, highlighted by the deeds of Mitchell Starc with the ball and the polarising Shane Watson with the bat, who steadied the ship when required and scored the winning runs. With a victory Australia will be looking to extend their World Cup record to seven appearances, and reclaim their place atop Cricket’s highest honour.
India had a far easier assignment in the Quarter Finals, comfortably beating Bangladesh by 109 runs. India set a total of 303 and that just proved a bridge too far for Bangladesh, who put up a brave fight against the defending champions. Team India realizes that Australia is their biggest test to date, having had no luck against them earlier this year, but have struck the right time to round into form. With a win the Men in Blue will be looking have a chance to defense their title, so don’t expect them to hold anything back.
The New Zealand Black Caps, who defeated a game South Africa side by 4 wickets on short rest, now have time to heal-up and will await the winner of this Semi-final showdown. With five needed from two balls, Grant Elliott hit Dale Steyn into the stands for six to seal the win for New Zealand in the waning moments. Tuesday’s dramatic victory sent the Black Caps to their first-ever Cricket World Cup final, where they will face their biggest test yet in the massive environment of the (MCG) Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australia vs India Times
When: Thursday 26th March (2:30 pm Sydney Time)
Where: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Live TV: Fox Sports 3 (Foxtel), Channel 9 and GEM.
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Free to Air Availability
Check your local listings as Free to Air will be telecasting the knock-out stage on either channel Nine or Gem, depending on how far Australia advances. If Australia should happen to fall short of the Finals, channel 9 may opt to show their viewers NRL offerings on that Sunday, the 29 of March.
The host nation advanced to the Semis with a dominant win over Pakistan in the Quarter Final, with their bowlers really doing the job, the likes of Starc and Johnson. They come into this game tipped as the favourites, largely due to the home ground advantage and the fact that India failed to score a win against them during the Summer prior to the World Cup. Team Australia hasn’t been without their struggles, but now that the matches count more than ever look for them to meet the challenge.
Australia Players to Watch
Shane Watson was dumped halfway through the World Cup by Australian selectors, and many thought his international career was done and dusted. But he surprisingly got a recall, and has been outstanding with both bat and ball in a few games, including a starring role in the win over Pakistan in the Quarter Final.
A fiery David Warner will cause some real issues for the bowlers. He is a classy hitter who can score very runs very quickly, and he loves the big stage and the best teams, so this Thursday against India in front of his home fans in Sydney should see Warner prove to be a real handful for the Indian bowlers.
The Indians are ticking over beautifully, and are yet to taste defeat in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. They advanced to the final four with a comfortable win over Bangladesh in the Quarter Final, thanks to a strong performance with the bat, which was defended brilliantly by their bowlers. India appears to have rounded into form quite nicely, and it couldn’t come at a better time.
India Players to Watch
Ajinkya Rahane is the opening batsman who has a solid ODI record, and has so far had a pretty strong 2015 Cricket World Cup. He is usually very good against the quicks, so the likes of Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson will be challenges he will relish.
Virat Kholi is probably second to AB De Villiers as the best batsman in the world. His technique is clinical, and his aggression, along with his near perfect execution of rival teams, is something to admire. He loves to rise to the occasion, and this is a big one.
Australia will Win If
Ideally, captain Michael Clarke’s men would love to bat first. Both sides are pretty even when it comes to batting power, but in terms of the bowlers, Australia has the Indians well and truly covered, so if the Aussies can bat first and post a 300+ total, they will be in the box seat.
India will Win If
They have to take early wickets, and by early, in the first 10 overs. if Warner and Aaron Finch get a start and build up momentum, they can run riot and put the game away. The bowlers need to step up and step up big time against the host nation.
Star India Live Telecast
Fox Sports will also their subscribers the option of viewing the Hindi World Feed coverage of Australia’s Semi Final clash with India on Thursday (March 26, 2:30 pm Sydney time on Fox Sports 503).
Telecast live from Star India, it will include full Hindi commentary and graphics by a team that are well known for their colourful coverage. Just press The Red Button on the Foxtel remote during the match to launch Viewer’s Choice, and enjoy the passion and flare of this Indian coverage.
Fox Sports (Foxtel) TV Review
The team for Fox Sports is headed by Brendon Julian, a former Australian Test and ODI Player. Sitting alongside him is former fast bowler and World Cup winner Damien Fleming. Also in the commentary box are former player Allan Border and Ryan Harris who’s a current fast bowler for Australia. This is a very entertaining and studious group, and their telecasting is combined with a commentary box from Free to Air channel 9, delivering the best of both networks.
Free To Air TV Review
Channel Nine’s team is led by Mark Nicholas, who knows his cricket from his days in England. He’s joined by a crew of former players, including captain Mark Taylor, opening batsman Michael Slater, fast bowler Brett Lee, and the ‘King of Spin’, Shane Warne. This is a very knowledgeable group, so also having their commentary live stream across the Fox Sports screen makes for double the insight.