ICC World T20 2014 Group 2 Preview: India vs Australia Live Streaming Information: Where to Watch Live as Dhoni's Men Look to Continue Winning Streak
By Deepak Vikraman | March 30, 2014 7:45 PM EST
The semifinals secured in the most serene fashion, with three comfortable victories, India can probably let go of that intensity button a little when they take on Australia in a Group 2 match of the ICC World T20 2014 in Dhaka on Sunday.
Where to Watch Live
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The game is scheduled for a 7.30 pm local time (7 pm IST, 1.30 pm GMT, 9.30 am ET) start with live coverage on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD1 in India. The match cane be watched via live streaming online HERE. The action in the US will be shown by ESPN with live streaming option HERE. Sky Sports 2 is the channel to watch in the UK, while you can also live stream the game HERE.
The match can be live streamed in Europe HERE, with the option for viewers in Canada HERE. To watch the match in Middle East click HERE, South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can go HERE, while Latin America viewers can do the same HERE. New Zealand viewers can live stream the action HERE, while viewers in Australia can catch all the action live online HERE. The match can be watched via live streaming in Pakistan HERE or HERE, while Sri Lanka viewers can do the same HERE.
Australia have lost both their matches in the T20 World Cup so far, and could well be out of the reckoning for a semifinal place if Pakistan, as expected, top Bangladesh in the early game.
The painful losses to Pakistan and, a couple of days ago, to West Indies have hurt Australia bad and the favourites going into the tournament look set to be knocked out of the group stages.
"I think we under-clubbed with the bat in both games to be perfectly honest," said Australia coach Darren Lehmann, who was riding on a wave of success against England and South Africa heading into the World T20. "I think we needed 75 off ten [overs] in the first game with eight wickets in hand.
"And our match awareness has got to improve in this format. Again we got 178 [in the match against the West Indies] and we didn't bat very well. Our top six have got to take the shoulder of that, especially the times they got out, more so than anything else."
The last time the two teams met, they were part of a humdinger of an ODI series, where pretty much every match saw scores over 300 being posted with a couple of records also being broken.
Lehmann is confident Australia will be able to tack India's spin trio, who have spun webs around the batsman in this tournament.
"[Playing spin is] not a weakness, because certainly spinners didn't get us out, we got ourselves out," Lehmann added. "So we've got some work to do in that area, but that's like every area: fast bowling, playing short-pitched bowling. It's no different. The wickets certainly haven't spun as much as we thought, so that's no excuse for our batters.
"We're lucky enough that we've played some decent one-day cricket against India, in India, not too long ago in October.
"So we know them very well, and they know us very well. It's going to be a great challenge for our batters and bowlers to put a complete performance together. If we do that, we can compete with anyone in the world."
For India, this might be a chance to experiment - perhaps give the likes Stuart Binny, Ajinkya Rahane, Varun Aaron and Mohit Sharma a chance to shine. However, MS Dhoni is notoriously hesitant when it comes to making too many changes and the skipper will also be keen to see India carry on their momentum from the past three matches.
"Not so sure about that [if India will make changes to their team] because it's pretty much like how we played the Champions Trophy," said off-spinner R Ashwin, the man of the match from the win against Bangladesh. "We take one game at a time. What suits us to win that particular game will be what we'll look to do."
India have no control over who they will face in the semifinals, with South Africa having already made it to the final four from Group 1, with one of New Zealand and Sri Lanka joining the Proteas.
They can ensure they will top Group 2 with a victory over Australia, though, and there is little doubt that they will be up against an Australia side probably bereft of motivation, if Pakistan get past Bangladesh.
Expected lineups: India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra.
Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey (capt), Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, James Muirhead, Doug Bollinger.
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