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Australia-India 2nd semi-final today

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26th-Mar-2015       
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Defending champion India will face four-time world cup winner Australia in the second semifinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Sydney Cricket Ground today (Thursday). The crucial battle will begin at 9:30am Bangladesh time.  The winning side of the second semifinal will play the final of the world cricket extravaganza against the all-win New Zealand at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday (March 29). The co-host New Zealand confirmed their final berth beating South Africa by 4 wickets in the first semifinal at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand on Tuesday last.India had bowled out opponents in all its seven matches to remain unbeaten in the competition so far. Australia beat England by 111 runs in the tournament opener to set the ball rolling and lost only one match against New Zealand by one wicket. Australia has had the upper hand against India, having won 67 ODI of their 117 matches. It also has a better track record in ICC Cricket World Cup encounters, having seven wins of the ten matches the two teams played between 1983 and 2011. India won the previous last ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 quarter-final against Australia. Australia reached the semifinals beating Pakistan by 6 wickets in the third quarterfinal at Adelaide Oval on Friday (March 20) while India confirmed their semifinal berth beating Bangladesh by 109 runs in the second quarterfinal at t Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday (March 19). India squad (probable ): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma.Australia squad (from): David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Michael Clarke (captain), Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood, Xavier Doherty, Mitchell Marsh, Pat Cummins and George Bailey.

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