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Ferocious Aussie pace headed India's way


Shamik Ghosh,Cricketnext.com
May 06, 2010 at 05:46am IST

New Delhi: In a format dominated by batsmen, Australia are a refreshing change with a pace attack that can make the best of the batting line-ups shudder. Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait and Ryan Harris ripped through Bangladesh on Wednesday, proving that few have answers to genuine pace.

Dirk Nannes claimed the best bowling figures by an Australian in a Twenty20 International to give Australia a comfortable 27-run win at the Kensington Oval. Wednesday's victory, coupled with Australia's 34-run win over Pakistan in St Lucia three days earlier, means Michael Clarke's side have qualified for the Super Eight stage of the World T20 tournament.

And the good news is that Australia will play their next two games in Barbados, where the pitches will be perfect for their pacers with pace and bounce bound to reap rich dividends.

Ferocious Aussie pace headed India's way

The Australian pace attack can make the best of the batting line-ups shudder.

The next team on Australia's radar will India, who have won both their games so far but it can be a whole new ball game against Nannes and Co. in Bridgetown, Barbados on Friday.

India's weakness to short pitch stuff was exposed in the last World T20 in England where their batsmen were kept firmly in check, which eventually led to their knockout from the Super Eights stage.

However, the Indian batsmen will not be taken by surprise this time as they know what to expect in their face-off against the Australian pacers.

Will they have an ace up their sleeves or will the full steam Aussie pace attack be too fast and furious for MS Dhoni's troops?

Come Friday and we will have the answer in what promises to be a lip-smacking contest on blockbuster Friday. Book your seats and get the popcorn ready.

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