India's opening batsman Rohit Sharma believes that the defending champions' ability to raise their game in crunch matches will give them confidence going into Thursday’s World Cup semi-final against Australia.
Indian vice-captain Virat Kohli opines that his side’s World Cup semi-final clash on Thursday in Sydney will be the ideal opportunity to defeat Australia and make a resounding statement in the tournament.
South Africa (281 for five in 43 overs) were outdone by four wickets in a keen contested first semi-final of the 2015 One-Day International World Cup, with New Zealand (299 for six in 42.5 overs) winning with one-ball to spare.
Grant Elliott played the innings of this World Cup to ensure New Zealand broke their semi-final jinx with a four-wicket win over South Africa at Eden Park, Auckland, the win coming off the penultimate ball.
Batting legend Ricky Ponting heaped praises on Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz for his menacing spell and adrenaline-pumping duel with Australian all-rounder Shane Watson during the World Cup quarter-final in Adelaide on Friday.
The International Cricket Council has confirmed the Event Technical Committee's approval of fast bowler Matt Henry's inclusion in the New Zealand World Cup squad as a replacement for injured Adam Milne.
Former Indian bowling coach Joe Dawes reckons that India will find it tough to replicate Pakistan pace bowler Wahab Riaz's spell against Australia when they play the semi-final on Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.