Three problems for Team India ahead of semi-final

Three problems for Team India ahead of semi-final

Australia blew their chance of finishing top of the table and earning a semi-final against New Zealand in Manchester on Tuesday when they failed by 10 runs to match South Africa's 325 for six. Later, they lost to New Zealand by four wickets at Birmingham on June 19; and Pakistan by 49 runs at Lord's, London on June 23. We've got nothing to lose, only stuff to gain, and that's exciting. Our job is to focus on what we can do, and we know that if we can play to our potential, we can beat anybody.

England appeared to have rediscovered the game that took them to the top of the one-day worldwide rankings just in time as they bid to win their first World Cup title.

Asked on BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek if Roy could open in the Ashes, Bayliss said: "I think so, whether at the top of the order or at three".

England progressed to the semi-final stages in the first five editions of the tournament, only to see their challenge go no further in 1975 and 1983 - both times when they were the hosts.

And while it has been 27 years since they last contested a World Cup semi-final, England do have plenty of experience of reaching this stage from when the competition was in its infancy.

"Every time you play against England, you want to compete hard against them and try and come out on the top".

"I guess we'll have to assess where the wicket is; is it short side or long side?" We didn't obviously play our best cricket today but we can take a lot of learning from it.

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Finch said they could draw from their experience of having beaten England earlier in the competition. "You'll have to ask him", Starc said. "Playing well against England at Lord's a couple of weeks ago will give us some good confidence going into that game".

Eoin Morgan's men have bounced back from defeats by Sri Lanka and Australia with convincing wins over fellow semi-finalists India and New Zealand.

They have lost the last two games by big margins.

After a comprehensive loss to England at Edgbaston in one of their group matches, India would rather not like to face England in the semi-finals and hence this match against Sri Lanka becomes very important for them.

"So batting second doesn't scare our guys and the wickets are a little better now than they were earlier in the tournament".

In the presentation ceremony, South African skipper Faf du Plessis who also won the man of the match, picked his two favourites for Cricket world cup final.

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