In the first semi-final, New Zealand in front of their home crowd of 40,000 managed to absorb their tumultuous support and convert it into an energy that helped them pip South Africa at the finish line — just. When Australia take on India in the second semi-final at the famous SCG, it would probably be the first time that Australia don’t get overwhelming support from the spectators. There is every indication that at least half of the seats will be taken up by fans wearing the Blue.
HOME GROUND ADVANTAGE
Australia are familiar with home conditions, but seeing that India have been in the country for the past three months and the SCG is probably the most moderate of the Australian pitches, then suddenly the home ground advantage is no longer a big factor.
If anything, the SCG pitch has been slow, and taken spin in the past. Just cast your mind back to the QF match where Sri Lanka lost seven wickets to spin against SA. However, this does not automatically mean ‘advantage India’ as JPRead More »from May The Calmest Head Prevail