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India seek to upset Aussie applecart

With the experience of just one int'l game in this 'slam bang' format, a buoyant Team India cruised into the semis.

cricket Updated: Sep 21, 2007 16:13 IST
AV Nayudu

With their bowlers and batsmen hitting form in the nick of time, a buoyant India will seek to carry the momentum as they go into the high-voltage semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup against Australia in Durban on Saturday.



For a team that came to the competition with the experience of just one international game in this 'slam bang' format, the Indians have exceeded expectations by finishing on top of Group E.



India had a sensational start to the championship when they scored a heart-stopping win over Pakistan via a 'bowl out.'



The 10-run loss to New Zealand put them in a do-or-die situation for their last two Super Eights engagements against England and South Africa, but India have gone from strength to strength thereafter.



They beat England by 18 runs and eliminated the hosts from their own party by a 37-run margin to book a spot in the last four.



Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have been giving useful starts for the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni to display their customary fireworks at the death.



And Rohit Sharma's invaluable half-century against South Africa in his first outing at the crease highlights the emergence of the young batsmen in the side.



As much can be said about India's seamers RP Singh, Irfan Pathan and S Sreesanth, who have stuck to their task wonderfully and have relished bowling at Kingsmead.



Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has been mean and crafty and has made a bold statement of intent bowling at the death and enjoying his tussle with the batsmen.