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ICC T20 World Cup
ICC World Twenty20: Stage is set for India Australia virtual quarter final today
When two great world class sides like India Australia clash with each other, there are bound to be butterflies in the stomach. Just imagine the kind of night the players of both teams would have spent in their hotel rooms, half asleep and half awake.

Sunday's encounter between India and Australia is a must win for both as the one who loses today will be sent packing home and the winner will make it to the semi-finals. It is difficult to make a prediction in T20 cricket as the game can swing both ways at any point of time, but still on paper India look like a better side than Australia.

India looks a more balanced side in the tournament and has stuck to the same playing eleven throughout.  Australia on the other hand has struggled with choosing the right combination, trying out as many as 19 players recently.

What would bother Steve Smith more is that India has the home advantage and has recently beaten Australia in the series Down Under winning all three matches.

Although Shane Watson has already announced his retirement from international cricket, Dhoni is yet to announce his. Somewhere down the line even Dhoni knows that the time is near. Maybe team India is thinking of an ideal parting gift for MS Dhoni by ending on a winning note in the final as they gave Sachin Tendulkar the World Cup title in 2011 as a farewell gift. But then, Australia would try their best to give the same to Watson.

The worrying factors for India are also plenty, particularly their batting which has so far not fired. Apart from Virat Kohli and skipper MS Dhoni, their other star batsmen have struggled. The current form of Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma has raised question marks. Even Yuvraj Singh has performed in bits and pieces by scoring (4, 23 and 3). India barely managed to cross the line by 1 run against Bangladesh in their last match.

The wicket in Mohali has so far looked a good batting wicket resulting in big combined scores of more than 300 runs, which is not expected to change even today and if India gets a good score under its belt, then Australia is definitely beatable and will look like a vulnerable side. So, in a pressure game it would be a better idea for India to get a few runs under the belt batting first and avoid chasing. In the last two games played at Mohali the chasing side has lost.

Bowling wise, Australians look like an unsettled side. Apart from James Faulkner no other bowler has been able to make an impact. Australian spinners Adam Zampa and Glen Maxwell are hardly expected to bother the Indian batsmen today. On the other hand Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja look formidable to stop the Aussie charge.

Whatever might be the case, but today's match is expected to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller.

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