India managed to scrape past in their match with Bangladesh and stay alive in the World T20. Now, they are up against Australia in a match which is a virtual quarterfinal. The team that wins advances to meet West Indies in the semifinal in Mumbai.
Here are five things India need to get right at Mohali on Sunday:
1) Nehra, Bumrah need to fire:
With the inclusion of pacer Ashish Nehra, there has been an end to India’s fast bowling problems. But against Australia at Mohali, Nehra will have to be at his best. Jasprit Bumrah has gone for a few runs in the tournament while trying to experiment; he needs to be spot on in this crucial game.
2) Ashwin the key:
R Ashwin will have to vary his pace but rely mainly on off-spin deliveries. Australia have a few left-handers and Ashwin will be key as his off-spinners will go away from the left-handed batsmen. Batsmen need to be forced to use power and their feet against the spin.
3) Opening statement:
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are yet to fire in the tournament. Australia’s pace attack looks disciplined but it certainly lacks the firepower of Pakistan in terms of pace. Sharma and Dhawan have a decent chance to deliver.
4) Fire in the belly:
Barring Virat Kohli, the Indian middle-order is yet to show its worth. Suresh Raina came up with an important 30-run knock against Bangladesh but the rest of the team failed. Yuvraj Singh’s contribution at Mohali could be vital as he can provide the late push.
5) Can’t afford to drop catches:
India’s fielding nearly took the game away from them against Bangladesh. Bumrah dropped a sitter at fine-leg. Later, Ashwin couldn’t hold on to a catch in the deep and even MS Dhoni missed behind the stumps. They are now up against a side which won’t give them a second chance.