World T20: Australia post competitive total against India

Mohali, March 27 (IANS) Australia posted a competitive total of 160/6 in their crucial World Twenty20 encounter against India at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.

Sunday’s match, the last in Group 2, is a virtual quarter-final as the winners will go through to the semi-finals. Both India and Australia have two wins from three matches, although the men from Down Under have a better net run rate.

New Zealand have already qualified for the semi-finals from Group 2, while England and West Indies have qualified for the last-four stage from Group 1.

Opener Aaron Finch was the highest scorer for Australia with 43 runs off 34 deliveries, hitting three boundaries and a couple sixes during his innings. Glenn Maxwell also batted with 31 off 28 balls.

For India, all-rounder Hardik Pandya (2/36) copped some initial punishment before bagging a couple of crucial wickets while Yuvraj Singh (1/19), Ashish Nehra (1/20), Ravichandran Ashwin (1/31) and Jasprit (1/32) also bagged a wicket each.

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