Today’s Australia vs India match is the biggest in the Cricket World Cup 2011. Not only is the battle a do-or-die quarterfinal, but it also puts together two of the most powerful nations in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cup. The Indians are the co-hosts of the tournament and were able to place second in their first-round group. However, the Australians are the three-time defending champions, coming off their first tournament loss in 12 years. You can catch all these match highlights along with CPL live streaming 2020 here.
There is still a week to go before the ICC World Cup final. But Australia vs India feels like a championship match, if only because it is the biggest test yet for the three-time champs. Now that they appear vulnerable for the first time in years, and now that they are practically a road team today, this could be a changing of the guard for the sport.
The Aussies had gone 34 matches without losing in the tournament until they faced Pakistan last week. Their defeat not only broke the winning streak, but it also dropped them to third place in Group A and gave them a tough road ahead to repeat.
Even if the Australians prevail, they would have a rematch with Pakistan in the semifinal round. The Pakistanis showed no rust or loss of momentum in their own quarterfinal match with the West Indies yesterday. The Group A champions coasted to an easy 10 wicket victory, and look more and more like a true title contender.
Coming into the quarterfinals, there is a more wide-open field than there has been in a long time. In addition to Pakistan and India, South Africa and Sri Lanka have made their case with impressive first-round showings, while England has been living on the razor’s edge throughout the tournament.
Even if Australia vs India match keeps the defending champs alive, it is already clear that they won’t just coast to another title. Of course, if they thump the Indians at home, it would send a chilling message to the rest of the field that they aren’t dethroned yet.
The match has started well for the Aussies so far, as captain Ricky Ponting got his first international century in over a year, scoring a 104. Now that Ponting and the rest of the team have tasted a rare defeat, they could be extra motivated to keep it from happening again.
The survivor of the showdown will take on Pakistan in the semifinals on March 30 – while the Cricket World Cup finale in Mumbai looms on April 2.