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#INDvsAUS | It's do or die for India as men in blue need 161 to progress to semi-final

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 6:04 IST

Going by the first five innings, it could have been easy to assume that the Indian cricket team was facing its worst evening in T20 cricket. But it soon turned into an evening to be remembered; the men in blue managed a very good comeback, restricting Australia to a total of 160.

Opening the batting, Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch went hammer and tongs in the first five overs to propel the score to 54 - 0. Dhoni's field placements or bowling changes seemed to be having no effect at all on the Australian batsmen, who had clearly taken to the field with the intention of ruining the bowlers' party.

But a wild swing from Khawaja to an out-swinging Ashish Nehra delivery meant that India had their first wicket, halting Australia's momentum.

It was the Yuvraj Singh and Ashwin show after that, with both the spinners suffocating the Australian batsmen at either end of the pitch. Runs were hard to get by, and the pressure began to tell on the batsmen when David Warner was stumped by Dhoni off Ashwin's bowling.

Steve Smith was dismissed soon after, although he walked all the way back to the pavilion shaking his head, suggesting that he thought he had not nicked the ball when he was caught behind by MS Dhoni. However, replays showed that the ball had indeed touched the bat.

The bowlers staged a superb recovery to dismiss the dangerous Glenn Maxwell for 31 runs, and Shane Watson and Peter Nevill simply couldn't propel Australia to the score that had originally seemed likely in the first five overs.

India will need all the might of their famed batting line-up to get over the line in this match, and stand a chance at making it to the semi-final against West Indies.

First published: 27 March 2016, 9:04 IST
 
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