IND beat AUS by 24 runs, Qualify For Semi-Finals

Tags: Australia vs India, Super 8 Group 1 at St Lucia, Jun 24, 2024

Published on: Jun 25, 2024

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India advanced to the T20 World Cup semi-finals with a commanding 24-run victory over Australia, driven by captain Rohit Sharma’s explosive innings of 92 runs. Rohit’s innings featured eight sixes and set the stage for India’s formidable total of 205-5, their highest in the tournament so far, at Gros Islet, St Lucia.

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Australia, in response, was led by Travis Head’s aggressive 76, but they fell short, managing only 181-7 by the end of their innings. Despite Head’s efforts, India’s bowlers kept the pressure on and restricted Australia from reaching the target.

The match was crucial as Afghanistan’s surprise win over Australia earlier had made Group 1 highly competitive. Rohit Sharma’s attacking display against the Australian bowlers, including hitting four sixes off one over from Mitchell Starc, was pivotal in setting up India’s win.

Key contributions from Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, and Hardik Pandya further bolstered India’s total. Arshdeep Singh and Jasprit Bumrah played crucial roles with the ball, dismissing key Australian batsmen early and controlling the run flow in the crucial stages of the match.

Overall, India’s comprehensive performance ensured their unbeaten run in the tournament continued, solidifying their place in the semi-finals and putting Australia in a precarious position regarding their qualification chances.

Rohit Sharma India Captain: Satisfying. We know the opposition and the threat they bring. As a team we did well, kept doing the things we needed to do. Gives us good confidence as a team. 200 is a good score but when you are playing here with wind being a big factor, anything can happen. But I think we used to conditions really well, and it was about individuals doing their job. If was about getting wickets at the right time. (On Kuldeep) We know the strength he has, but we need to use him when necessary. In New York, there were seamer friendly wickets. He had to miss out but we knew he had a big role to play out here. (On semi-final) We don’t want to do anything different, play the same way and understand what each person has to do. Play freely and not think too much on what’s lying ahead. Not think about the opposition. We have been doing it consistently, just need to continue. (On playing England in semi) It will be a nice match, nothing changes for us as a team.

Mitch Marsh Australia Captain: Disappointing. It happens in the game of cricket. In the course of 40 overs, there are a lot of small margins. India were the better team, Rohit is a class player. (On Head and Maxwell’s batting) Gave us more belief than hope. In a run chase like that if you keep it at 10 an over, we are in the game. India’s bowlers were too good though in the end.

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