10 facts about India-Australia World Cup semi-final in Sydney

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Sydney, March 20: It is India versus Australia in the second semi-final of ICC World Cup 2015 at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on March 26 (Thursday). (Guptill smashes a record 237*)

World Cup Special; Semi-final schedule

India, the defending champions, thrashed Bangladesh by 109 runs to reach the last-four while Australia defeated Pakistan by 6 wickets to enter the semi-finals.


Here are 10 facts about India-Australia semi-final

1. This will be the first ever meeting between the sides in the semi-finals of a World Cup. Previously they had faced in league, super six, quarter-final and final

2. There have been 10 World Cup encounters between the two and Australia hold 7-3 advantage

3. Australia have never lost a World Cup semi-final. They tied one game against South Africa in 1999 and won 5 (1975, 1987, 1996, 2003, 2007)

4. India captain MS Dhoni holds 100 per cent World Cup record against his opponents having led the team to victory in 2011 quarter-finals

5. So far in the tournament, India have been unbeaten (7 in 7) while Australia lost only one game, to New Zealand

India skipper MS Dhoni

6. Ajay Jadeja is the only Indian World Cup centurion against Australia. Ricky Ponting is the leader for the hosts with 2

7. The players who featured in 2011 match and are part of current squads - Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Dhoni, Virat Kohli, R Ashwin and Suresh Raina

8. India will play first time in Sydney in the current World Cup while Australia's will be second visit after defeating Sri Lanka in group stage

9. If India win on Thursday, it will a record for them - making two successive finals. Previous final appearances - 1983 (won), 2003 (lost), 2011 (won). Australia have played in 6 finals - 1975 (lost), 1987 (won), 1996 (lost), 1999 (won), 2003 (won), 2007 (won)

10. If this semi-final is abandoned then India will progress to the final as they finished higher (Pool B No. 1) in the group phase. Australia were No. 2 in Pool A


Statistics of India Vs Australia in World Cups

Most runs

Australia - 303 (5 Innings, Average 101) - Ricky Ponting

India - 194 (6 Innings, Average 32.33) - Sachin Tendulkar


Highest scores

Australia - 140* - Ponting in 2003 final

India - 100* - Ajay Jadeja in 1999


Most hundreds

Australia - 2 - Ponting. 1 each for Trevor Chappell, Mark Waugh, Geoff Marsh

India - 1 - Jadeja

Australia captain Michael Clarke


Most wickets

Australia - 8 - Steve Waugh and Craig McDermott

India - 9 - Kapil Dev


Most matches

Australia - 5 - Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Ponting

India - 6 - Tendulkar


Highest totals

Australia - 359/2 in 50 overs in 2003

India - 289/6 in 50 overs in 1987


Lowest totals

Australia - 129 all out in 38.2 overs in 1983

India - 125 all out in 41.4 overs in 2003

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