World Cup Special; 10 facts about the match
On Thursday (March 26), India will face co-hosts Australia in the second semi-final of ICC World Cup 2015. The winner goes to the title clash on March 29 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) where New Zealand are waiting. The Kiwis defeated South Africa in a thrilling last-four match yesterday (March 24).
Now, captain Dhoni and his men are on the cusp of history. They can do what no other Indian team could do in 40 years of World Cup. (Kohli eyes piece of history)
India, who are on a roll, winning 7 successive matches so far in the tournament, will achieve a new high if they beat Australia tomorrow.
Here are some of the achievements/records which beckon Team India tomorrow at SCG
# Can become the first Indian team to reach two successive World Cup finals
# Dhoni can become the first Indian captain to take the team to 2 World Cup finals and that too back to back
# Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina can be the first Indian trio to be part of two World Cup finals. They featured in 2011. R Ashwin too is part of the current squad but did not play in last edition
# Dhoni can become the first Indian skipper to beat Australia twice in knockout games at World Cup. He was at the helm in 2011 when India the Ricky Ponting-led side in quarter-finals in Ahmedabad
# India can become the first team to defeat Australia in a World Cup semi-final. The Australians have never lost a last-four match at World Cup - 5 won, 1 tied