Australia, India face off at WT20 for semifinal spot

MOHALI, India (AP) Australia allrounder Shane Watson is excited at the prospect of taking on India in what amounts to a knockout game at the World Twenty20 to decide which team reaches the semifinals.

Australia's 21-run win over Pakistan on Friday eliminated the 2009 champion and set up Sunday's game against India. Both teams have two wins from three matches in Group 2, meaning the winner will move on to the semifinals.

New Zealand is already through from the group with three straight wins.

It could be Watson's final international cricket match after he announced Thursday that he would retire following the tournament.

''It's good that it has come down to a simple equation,'' Watson said. ''From my personal perspective, to be in an opportunity to be able to play in what could be my last game is, I suppose, as big a dream as you could imagine, playing India on Indian soil. It's going to be very exciting.''

Watson hit a brisk 44 not out off 21 deliveries while batting at No. 6 against Pakistan, helping Australia post a huge 193-4. Watson said being lower in the order after opening in Australia's first games at the tournament had paid off.

''Probably I am the most versatile batsmen in our line-up and go up and down in the order,'' he said. ''So whatever was required for selectors and the captain to feel that they wanted certain guys in certain positions certainly worked. … I'm lucky to have batted at different spots.''

To beat ''dangerous'' India, Watson said Virat Kohli's scoring and Ravichandran Ashwin's spin attack have to be countered.

''They've got skillful batsmen, they have got skillful bowlers even if the ball is not turning that much. We know we have to put them under pressure straight up to try and give them less chance of clicking as a team because we know how dangerous they are,'' he said.

Kohli said he likes the attitude of Australian players.

''Australia is a side that we all know is very strong,'' he said. ''They play with a lot of passion. I believe in playing the same way. I like the challenge. I always enjoyed playing against Australia. But that doesn't mean that you are going to end up scoring every game you play.''

Kohli had special praise for Australia captain Steven Smith, who notched an unbeaten 61 against Pakistan.

''He's been a very important player for Australia. The way their batting unit works, someone like Steve Smith gives that solidarity in the middle order which is great for any team. If you can have a person who plays the least number of dot balls and still keeps the scoreboard ticking and the others have a go at the other end, it always helps a batting unit,'' Kohli said.