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World T20: Indian bowlers deliver another easy win

Mon, 31st, Mar 2014 |
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India finally dropped Shikhar Dhawan to give Ajinkya Rahane a go, while Mohit Sharma replaced Mohammad Shami in the pace department. MS Dhoni lost his first toss in 13 international outings, but this time he got what he asked for as George Bailey put them in. Pakistan's win over Bangladesh earlier in the day had already ousted Australia from the tournament, but India still had a little experimentation to do with their playing XI as well as the conditions.

It was not the kind of start India had expected, as they lost opener Rohit Sharma in the 1st over, followed by Kohli and Rahane who failed to convert starts. Suresh Raina looked no better as he departed too, leaving India at 66/4 in the 12th over. However, Yuvraj Singh finally found form, blasting 60 off 43 balls, providing India the much-needed momentum and reiterating his significance in the side. His innings set the tone for a respectable total, as India finished with 159/7 in 20 overs.

Australia were in the midst of a miserable campaign, and it continued with another humiliating performance as they crashed to their third-worst loss in T20Is. R Ashwin came up with match-winning figures of 4-11, alongside Amit Mishra (2/13) who was spot on with his legspin. It was a mighty collapse from the Aussies, who never really appeared to be in the game, losing wickets at regular intervals.

Depending the outcome of the New Zealand-Sri Lanka match, India will most likely face South Africa in the semi-final.

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