Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma scored a century in the quarter final of the World Cup against Bangladesh.[Getty]

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Australia will take on India in the second semi final clash of the 2015 ICC World Cup at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.

Where to watch live

The match starts at 3.30am GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for the live streaming link.

Overview

The clash between Australia and India is going to be an exciting one for many reasons. The first one being that both teams were pre-tournament favourites to win this edition of the World Cup.

The co-hosts have made it to the semi final on six occasions and have not lost a single game at this stage of the tournament. On the other hand, India are undefeated in this edition of the World Cup.

Besides, they have taken 70 wickets in seven matches, meaning they have bowled out their opposition in all the matches they have played in the World Cup so far.

Michael Clarke saw his side beat Pakistan by six wickets in the quarter final. The Asian side were bowled out for 213 runs and in reply, Australia were given a scare by Wahab Riaz's brilliant spell.

Shane Watson
Australian batsman Shane Watson celebrates after scoring the winning runs during the 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match against Pakistan[Getty]

Two drop catches cost Pakistan a place in the semi final and that helped Australia manage an easy win over the 1992 world champions. Steven Smith and Shane Watson's half century, followed by Glen Maxwell's quick knock helped the four-time world champion seal a comfortable win at the end.

Meanwhile, India sealed a place in the semi final of the 2015 World Cup with an easy win over Bangladesh. Rohit Sharma's century and Suresh Raina's half century helped India post a total of 302 runs.

Bangladesh were bowled out for 193 runs as the defending champions sealed a 109-run victory. MS Dhoni will be looking to extend his unbeaten win as captain in the World Cup when they take on Australia on Thursday. A win over Clarke's side will give India a very good chance to defend their title.

Prediction

Australia to win

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Australia to win: 5/12
  • India to win: 19/10

What They Say

James Faulkner (Australia all-rounder): "I think there always is in the game, if there isn't you've got problems. It's the nature of the game, it's a semi-final, it's cut-throat. There's going to be words said and it's going to be a really tough contest. Neither team will be backing down."

Team News

Australia

Possible XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (C), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin (WK), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood

India

Possible XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma