Bangalore, March 25: Defending champions India is set to take on Australia in the semifinal of the 2015 ICC World Cup in Sydney on Thursday. If India win, they will meet New Zealand, who beat South Africa in the first semi-final in Auckland on Tuesday, in the final.
This means Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men will have to beat both hosts of this year's World Cup to lift their second successive and third overall title.
Such a scenario is first in the cricket World Cup where a country has to beat the hosts in the semi-final and final to win the World Cup. Here is a look at the past World Cups:
1975: Champions West Indies beat New Zealand (SF) and Australia (F) in England
1979: Champions WI beat Pakistan (SF) and England (F) in England
1983: Champions India beat England (SF) and West Indies (F) in England
1987: Champions Australia beat Pakistan (SF) and England (F) in India & Pakistan
1992: Champions Pakistan beat New Zealand (SF) and England (F) in Australia & New Zealand
1996: Champions Sri Lanka beat India (SF) and Australia (F) in Pakistan, India & Sri Lanka
1999: Champions Australia beat South Africa (SF) and Pakistan (F) in England, Scotland, Wales & the Netherlands
2003: Champions Australia beat Sri Lanka (SF) and India (F) in South Africa, Zimbabwe & Kenya
2007: Champions Australia beat South Africa (SF) and Sri Lanka (F) in West Indies
2011: Champions India beat Pakistan (SF) and Sri Lanka (F) in India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh