Australia vs India Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Australia vs India | Thursday 26 March, 2015 | Sydney Cricket Ground | 03.30 GMT
An unbeaten India will take on co-hosts Australia in the 2015 Cricket World Cup semi-finals on Thursday in a meeting of the two most successful teams in the tournament’s history.
India has managed to maintain a perfect record in defence of their trophy, won on home soil in 2011, when they eased passed Bangladesh in the quarter finals.
For Australia this is a record seventh World Cup semi-final and they have proceeded to the final on six of those occasions, lifting the trophy four times.
Having only lost once so far, away from home against New Zealand, Australia are coming into the game full of confidence. They have won seven out of ten World Cup meetings against India and came out on top in a tri-series a month before the World Cup.
However, captain Michael Clarke expects India to be a tough opponent at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
“I think they’re obviously playing a lot better than they were throughout the start of the summer,” he said.
“And I said that leading into the World Cup that India were going to be an extra tough team to beat, obviously because they’re a very good team, but also because they’ve spent so much time in Australia, they know the conditions quite well.”
India has had an impressive turnaround. Arriving in Australia three months before the World Cup, they endured a miserable time where they failed to record a single victory.
With 7 consecutive wins in the tournament, India will be keen to make a second successive World Cup final and will do their best to tame their rivals on Thursday. They have, however, not managed to beat Australia in 35 years and have only won once at this ground.
With most of the Indian batsmen in excellent form and their bowlers having delivered top-notch performances up until now, the men in blue will definitely be looking to cause an upset at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
However, Australia with all their players fit and healthy, including captain Michael Clarke and all-rounder James Faulkner, will be gunning for nothing less than victory.
The winner of Thursday’s semi-final will battle co-host New Zealand in Sunday’s final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australia vs India Betting Tips
This semi-final is set to be a classic. India will come into the game full of confidence after seven-straight wins. However Australia, having the home advantage, will be determined not to disappoint their fans after coming this far in the tournament and will not make things easy for the men in blue.
Australia are hot favourites in this upcoming match, priced at 2/5, while India could be worth a punt for greater returns at 2/1 with Betway.