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Aussies set up Kiwi date

Australia will now meet New Zealand in the ICC Champions trophy semi-finals after dispatching host side India this morning in Mohali. With India's big guns failing to fire apart from Virender Sehwag (65) and captain Rahul Dravid (52) despite the tremendous home support, they could only manage a total of 248 runs.

Australia reached the target with four overs to spare and now set up a semi-final date with trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand. On paper you would think that Australia will win this match but New Zealand played quite in their last match against Pakistan and if they reproduce that form I won't be surprised to see them in the final.

I was impressed with England's victory over the West Indies. With nothing at stake for England they played quite well to get England's only victory in the tournament. When the West Indies scored 272 in their innings I thought that was it for England but they came back and scored more than 200 runs for the first time in this tournament. Maybe it was a question of performing well when not under pressure.

The other semi-final will feature the West Indies and South Africa. Despite the loss to England I will still put my money on the West Indies to reach the final for the second time in a row.

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