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Here are 10 facts about India-Australia semi-final :

1. This will be the first ever meeting between the sides in the semi-finals of a World Cup. Previously they had faced in league, super six, quarter-final and final
2. There have been 10 World Cup encounters between the two and Australia hold 7-3 advantage
3. Australia have never lost a World Cup semi-final. They tied one game against South Africa in 1999 and won 5 (1975, 1987, 1996, 2003, 2007)
4. India captain MS Dhoni holds 100 per cent World Cup record against his opponents having led the team to victory in 2011 quarter-finals
5. So far in the tournament, India have been unbeaten (7 in 7) while Australia lost only one game, to New Zealand
6. Ajay Jadeja is the only Indian World Cup centurion against Australia. Ricky Ponting is the leader for the hosts with 2
7. The players who featured in 2011 match and are part of current squads - Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Dhoni, Virat Kohli, R Ashwin and Suresh Raina
8. India will play first time in Sydney in the current World Cup while Australia's will be second visit after defeating Sri Lanka in group stage
9. If India win on Thursday, it will a record for them - making two successive finals. Previous final appearances - 1983 (won), 2003 (lost), 2011 (won). Australia have played in 6 finals - 1975 (lost), 1987 (won), 1996 (lost), 1999 (won), 2003 (won), 2007 (won)
10. If this semi-final is abandoned then India will progress to the final as they finished higher (Pool B No. 1) in the group phase. Australia were No. 2 in Pool A
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