India so far have got off to a dream start to their World Twenty20 campaign, winning three matches on the bounce and booking a place in the semi-finals of the tournament. On Sunday, MS Dhoni & Co run into Australia, who are desperate for a win in order to keep their hopes alive in the tournament.
Australia came into the tournament as one of the team with a winning momentum boosting their hopes of claiming a trophy they have never won. But after two losses in as many games, they stand on the exit door of the event, needing big wins in their last two games and favourable results in the other Group 2 matches to stand a chance for semi-final qualification.
The Aussies lost their opening game to Pakistan before being swept away by a Darren Sammy storm to lose to West Indies in a last-over battle. And a rampaging Team India will present another stern test.
Mitchell Johnson's absence is surely hurting Australia's cause and James Faulkner's pre-game comment about West Indies didn't help either. Faulkner's unwarranted dig boomeranged as West Indies got inspired to clinch a stunning six-wicket win with two balls remaining.
Going by Australia's recent show at the Ashes and series against South Africa, it can be assumed they are maybe mentally and physically jaded. Seniors like Shane Watson and David Warner are yet to fire with Glenn Maxwell being an exception with his contribution.
India on the other hand have beaten Pakistan, West Indies and Bangladesh to sit pretty and untroubled at top of Group 2. India had opted to chase in all three games because of the dewy conditions at Mirpur and then the spinners, led by Amit Mishra, strangled the opposition. As a result, India's batting hasn't been tested and the line-up easily overhauled the average targets.
On Sunday, while they would want to beat Australia and stay unbeaten before the semis, the match also provides India an opportunity to test themselves by opting to bat first if Dhoni wins the toss.
They might also be prompted to make a few changes and give Ajinkya Rahane a look in with Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh struggling.
The bowlers are bowling well in tandem, especially the spin trio of Mishra, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who have claimed 12 wickets between them so far in the tournament. Dhoni may not want to disturb the spin combination, but will be pushed hard to give Varun Aaron a go in place of either Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Mohammad Shami.
India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan/Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 MS Dhoni (c/wk), 5 Suresh Raina, 6 Yuvraj Singh, 7 R Ashwin, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Mohammad Shami
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 David Warner, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 George Bailey (c), 6 Brad Hodge, 7 James Faulkner, 8 Brad Haddin (wk), 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 James Muirhead, 11 Doug Bollinger