India v Australia, only T20, Rajkot October 9, 2013

Batsmen expected to dominate one-off T20

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Match facts

Thursday October 10, 2013
Start time 1930 local (1400 GMT)

Big Picture

The eight-match limited-overs series, starting with the one-off T20 in Rajkot, kicks off India's home international season of 2013-14 following three weeks of Champions League action. The concept of the T20 series is still struggling to find context, and more so in a series like this, with the one-off match dwarfed by seven ODIs. By the time the tour ends, it's likely that the result of the T20 game will be forgotten and that memory of this tour will only be restricted to the result of the one-dayers.

Perhaps two ODIs could have been culled for the sake of two extra T20s, just to give the shortest format more context. It would also give a team a chance to come back in the series. However, from a commercial perspective, more ODIs generate more revenue so fans and players will have to be happy with this arrangement, whether they like it or not.

This will be India's first T20 since December 2012, so it will be interesting to see how the group settles. Eight of India's T20 squad took part in the Champions League, and the rest have been busy taking part in various tournaments, including the A tours and the Challenger Trophy. There's no question of rustiness that tends to affect some teams at the start of a season. That two IPL sides made the final shows that certain key players have already warmed-up well.

Five of Australia's T20 squad were part of the Champions League final (Mitchell Johnson didn't play). The tournament would have helped them acclimatise to Indian conditions. Much will depend on Shane Watson to fire at the top, and given his IPL experience, it wasn't surprising to see him mentoring his team-mates at practice. They have Aaron Finch at the top who can provide strong starts and Glenn Maxwell, who can be relied on to finish an innings. James Faulkner had a very successful IPL for Rajasthan Royals as a left-arm seamer, and he will be a key member of the attack.

Australia's recent T20 results haven't been impressive, having lost 6 of their last 7 T20s. A win will give them a chance of starting the tour on a high, something they will need as they face a vastly experienced India ODI squad later on.

Form guide

Australia LWLLL
India WLLWW

In the spotlight

A leaner, fitter and younger looking Yuvraj Singh has stormed back into the national side after some solid showings against West Indies A, and the Challenger Trophy. Dropped for several months, Yuvraj Singh spent the summer in France to take part in a rigorous fitness regime, but there were doubts as to whether he was match ready. In his first competitive knock since the IPL, Yuvraj blazed 123 off 89 balls against West Indies A in a one-dayer, and followed it up with three more fifties in the next four innings. Among the seniors who are trying to force their way back into the Indian side, Yuvraj's has been the only success story to date.

Aaron Finch was at his destructive best in the tour of the UK recently, shredding England for a world-record 156 in a T20, and then following it up with 148 in an ODI against Scotland. The opener's follow-up wasn't great, as he failed to pass fifty during the England series. He has scores of 2 and 5 in the Ryobi one-day cup in Australia leading up to this tour. Finch is not unfamiliar to Indian conditions though, given his captaincy stint for Pune Warriors in the IPL. The friendly batting conditions in Rajkot should help him in his quest to regain form.

Team news

Australia had an injury scare before the tour, when Adam Voges flew home from the Champions League. The batsman is fit and has returned to India, training with the rest of the team in Mumbai.

Australia (likely) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Shane Watson, 3 George Bailey (capt), 4 Adam Voges, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Moises Henriques, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 and 11 Nathan Coulter-Nile/ Clint McKay/ Xavier Doherty

India captain MS Dhoni said that all 15 in the squad were fit for selection, but didn't hint at what the team composition would be. A Yuvraj return looks certain.

India (likely) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Ishant Sharma

Pitch and conditions

The news on the weather front in Rajkot hasn't been encouraging. The city has experienced rains in the last few days and more has been forecast on match day. India managed to practice on Wednesday, and the hosts are confident the drainage facilities at the new ground will allow a full game. Rajkot has generally produced the best batting pitches in India and the curator, Dhiraj Parsana, said the surface in Khanderi shouldn't be any different.

Stats and trivia

  • Australia and India have played just one T20 in India, back in 2007. India won by seven wickets in Mumbai
  • The Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium will be hosting its second international game, after England played India in January 2013
  • Shane Watson is the only batsman in the current squad with more than 1000 T20 international runs. There are no Indian batsmen in the list, with Gautam Gambhir the highest with 932 runs

Quotes

"He performs very well in big matches. In tough series he does well so we are hoping that he will come back strong."
MS Dhoni on Yuvraj Singh

"What we have lost is a lot of experience. We are trying to rebuild that. Guys are getting used to being in this side, being used to the scrutiny and pressure of international cricket, and to the different roles they play."
Australia captain George Bailey assesses the current state of affairs

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on October 10, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    Rajkot is a batting wicket. So 200 runs will not be unreasonable Total to beat. There are some big hitters in Indian batting like Dhawan, Kohli & Yuvraj higher up + strong finishers like Raina & Dhoni. Aussies with all pace attack may not get the bounce from this pitch. So look out for a good Indian total. On the other hand the Aussies will be banking heavily on Maxwell's power hitting to launch the ball into the outer orbit. Watson, Henrique & Haddin can also indulge in some big hits. Indian spinners will have to bowl economically or take wickets at regular frequency. While B.Kumar is a good, steady bowler, Ishant Sharma is wild in his length & direction,. So Dhoni has to limitt him to a couple of overs. Yuvraj's performance will be watched with keen eyes by All. Can he continue his run of high scoring touch remains to be seen. Ashwin & Jadeja's bowling form will be carefully observed knowing their somewhat erratic bowling in IPL Qualifying rounds.A great match awaits- Lets go Guys!

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on October 10, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    when it comes international game, people dont have faith in rohit.

  • manoj01 on October 10, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Australians are tough fighters... never give up attitude, irrespective of the quality of team it plays.Lets hope the match goes to wire.....

  • shan1280 on October 10, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Ha haa.... Aus will win this match...

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    1. Finch 2. Maddinson 3. Watson 4. Bailey 5. Voges 6. Maxwell 7. Haddin 8. Faulkner 9. Johnson 10. McKay 11. Doherty

  • kishore3065 on October 10, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    My T20 Players VS Aus: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Jaydev Unadkat

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Oh come on, get Maddinson in the team. We don't need Henriques who has a poor T20 record.

  • naruto_senju on October 10, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    @srujan1990 : you see my friend class is not all that matters.... what matters is utilising the opputunities u get... and rohit sharma clearly failed to utilize 100+ chances he got...... if only those chances were given to some of tiwary or rahane... they would have grabbed with both hands..... any way we will see what his so called CLASS in coming matches..... i hope he prooves me wrong.....

  • srujan1990 on October 10, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    I see a lot comments about rohit, i dont know why they are pointing rohit's selection. The reason that he is selected is his talent, I agree that he is inconsistent in the early stages of his career, but now he is matured as a batsmen. I am sure that he is one of the best batsman in world cricket right now. Coming to rahane and tiwary, i dont even dare to compare them with rohit, they are nowhere near the class of rohit.

  • srinideva on October 10, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    @swapnilrane, and then how many of them came against the sloppy bowling of westindies, he has the best average against them and if you look at his performance against other playing nations you may get a clear picture of what kind of talent really he is...

  • Nampally on October 10, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    Rajkot is a batting wicket. So 200 runs will not be unreasonable Total to beat. There are some big hitters in Indian batting like Dhawan, Kohli & Yuvraj higher up + strong finishers like Raina & Dhoni. Aussies with all pace attack may not get the bounce from this pitch. So look out for a good Indian total. On the other hand the Aussies will be banking heavily on Maxwell's power hitting to launch the ball into the outer orbit. Watson, Henrique & Haddin can also indulge in some big hits. Indian spinners will have to bowl economically or take wickets at regular frequency. While B.Kumar is a good, steady bowler, Ishant Sharma is wild in his length & direction,. So Dhoni has to limitt him to a couple of overs. Yuvraj's performance will be watched with keen eyes by All. Can he continue his run of high scoring touch remains to be seen. Ashwin & Jadeja's bowling form will be carefully observed knowing their somewhat erratic bowling in IPL Qualifying rounds.A great match awaits- Lets go Guys!

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on October 10, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    when it comes international game, people dont have faith in rohit.

  • manoj01 on October 10, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Australians are tough fighters... never give up attitude, irrespective of the quality of team it plays.Lets hope the match goes to wire.....

  • shan1280 on October 10, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Ha haa.... Aus will win this match...

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    1. Finch 2. Maddinson 3. Watson 4. Bailey 5. Voges 6. Maxwell 7. Haddin 8. Faulkner 9. Johnson 10. McKay 11. Doherty

  • kishore3065 on October 10, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    My T20 Players VS Aus: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Jaydev Unadkat

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Oh come on, get Maddinson in the team. We don't need Henriques who has a poor T20 record.

  • naruto_senju on October 10, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    @srujan1990 : you see my friend class is not all that matters.... what matters is utilising the opputunities u get... and rohit sharma clearly failed to utilize 100+ chances he got...... if only those chances were given to some of tiwary or rahane... they would have grabbed with both hands..... any way we will see what his so called CLASS in coming matches..... i hope he prooves me wrong.....

  • srujan1990 on October 10, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    I see a lot comments about rohit, i dont know why they are pointing rohit's selection. The reason that he is selected is his talent, I agree that he is inconsistent in the early stages of his career, but now he is matured as a batsmen. I am sure that he is one of the best batsman in world cricket right now. Coming to rahane and tiwary, i dont even dare to compare them with rohit, they are nowhere near the class of rohit.

  • srinideva on October 10, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    @swapnilrane, and then how many of them came against the sloppy bowling of westindies, he has the best average against them and if you look at his performance against other playing nations you may get a clear picture of what kind of talent really he is...

  • on October 10, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    @Nampally on (October 10, 2013, 0:56 GMT) :

    You are making a lot of assumptions: That,... (1)India will win the toss; (2) Ask Oz to take the first strike:(3) Oz will make 200 plus; and (4) India will easily chase 200 plus.......

  • naruto_senju on October 10, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    @swapnilrane : so you are telling we have waited patiently with ROHIT SHARMA for his recent form of some 5+ 40+ scores??? imagine if we had showed the same patience with rahane or may be with tiwary... they would have had some centuries under their belt..... just because trohit had some form in CL13, it doesnt need to be reflected in international level.... you see my frined its IPL that bring good performance from him..... nothing more..... i predict only two 40+ score in this series from him....and that too with a stike rate of 70+....

  • naruto_senju on October 10, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    @my_comments : i dont see nobody mentioning anything as "walk in park" for us.... you gave stats ofmatches in your back yard....and we have won 4 out of 5.... that is not good thing for us??? we exactly said that only... we have been bored of winning against lanka ( be it walk in park, be it with last wicket remaining , be it with only one ball left ) win matters.... as your friends Blade-Runner comes to every indian article and bashes indians... we counter him with facts.... thats all it is here.... instead of advicing us about , you can tell you friend to mind his business.... cricinfo publish....

  • KARNAWAT33 on October 10, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    @swapnilrane: I completely agree with you man.

    BUT

    You see, it is ROHIT SHARMA after all. #Bound to fail on important occasions!!!

  • BMDeep on October 10, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    @ Blade Runner: Ur NEGATIVE comments r seriously proving to b good nd POSITIVE OMEN for Ind in the recent past.Now that u have done ur part, it is the duty of d team to bank on ur GOOD OMENS..

    Wel,coming to the business,Aus though may attract some negative comments,they are equally good as home team in the limited over formats if not in tests in Ind,Thanks to regular participation of their key players in IPL.SO, if this match goes on wid out interruption,I dnt c a 1 sided affair by any means.Whiile Aus enioy d great form of Finch nd experience of Watson,Haddin nd to sme extent Faulkner,dey also bank on d fact dat their last int assignment was not many days ago unlike Ind.I personally pick McKay over Doherthy as he is very economical nd keep d batsmen contained.On the other side,I think Ind should pick any 2 from Jadeza, Mishra nd Ashwin as Yuv is in contention aswel.I wuld go wid Mishra given his recent form.Going wid one spinner too many may force d repetetion of 2012 t20 WC result.

  • swapnilrane on October 10, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    I am not sure .. why people are crying on Rohit Sharma's selection... Whats wrong with them? Agree that Rohit had attitude problem earlier and was inconsistent.. but his recent form is too good.. by any means he is far better than Rahane or for that matter Sanju Samson... Dhawan is extremely good form and I guess team strategy is to support him from other end..

    In these 16 innings as opener in 2013, Rohit has gone past 50 six times, and made two others scores of more than 45

  • kdevil3 on October 10, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    I want Blade runner to comment about the series after it is over..see u then

  • on October 10, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    yuvi is go to come back............come on slectors don't have power to stop Yuvi

  • kdevil3 on October 10, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Only way Australia can win the ODI series if and only if FINCH and WATSON connects ALl theirs slogs well. No way by playing stand & classic cricket. BUT in T20..i would tell that Australia looks stronger & better mainly because of the fact that INDIA after T20 2007 never looked like wining even with all IPL stars together.

  • D-Train on October 10, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Henriques stats from BBL last year

    Batting - Av. 11.14 Str 104.00

    Bowling - Av. 38.33 Eco. 9.71

    Struggle to see how anybody can justify that as being international quality.

  • on October 10, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Dhoni and Co should bring home the title

  • my_comments on October 10, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    @ naruto_senju: Even though IND have won most of matches against SL they have not been a walk in the park for any of the team - IND tour to SL in 2012 - 1st ODI IND 314/6 SL293/9, 2nd ODI IND 138 SL 139/1, 3rd ODI SL286/5 IND 288/5 in 49.4, 4th ODI SL 251/8 IND 255/4 (42.2), 5th ODI IND 294/7 SL 274 (45.4).

    Same advice to all "don't be bais to your supporting team(s)"

  • KARNAWAT33 on October 10, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    My XI: FINCH, MADDINSON, WATSON, BAILEY, MAXWELL, HENRIQUES, HADDIN, JOHNSON, FAULKNER, McKAY and DOHERTY. This is the best side given the current squad according to me. Finchy and Maddo can do a great job at the top. Watto can be the anchor and aggressor of the innings. Bailey, Maxy and Moises can provide a great finish. With Faulkner and Johnson you get a long tail. When it comes to bowling, McKay has been economical and in good form so he is an obvious choice, followed by the speedster Mitch, speed is one thing Indians hate. Faulkner has done well in the shorter format and can bat so he deserves a chance in the side ahead of Coulter Nile, who has not been that impressive. Xavier Doherty is an obvious pick because he is a spinner, although hasn't been very consistent or economical.

  • naruto_senju on October 10, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    @my_comments : you speak about one tri series finale.... how about numerous bi series , both in indian and lanka played between indo lanka??? and in CT13?? both practice and semifinal??? all have been one sided mate.....

    never mind.... you are good when you said Blade-Runner some good advice... hope he gets that... get into reality....

  • CforCricketbuff on October 10, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    It would be washout match. No T20 in Rajkot... i guess..its raining!!!

  • my_comments on October 10, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy: You must be joking - IND won against SL in WI with just only one wicket, SL would have won if not for MSDs big hitting. So just think about your comment before publishing. Surly IND is one talented team but you cant be so bias.

    @Blade Runner: what's up with you? cant you see the reality? Aus is trying hard but a win without a sweat against IND or for that matter any international team is a dream. Come up with proper and logical comments OR dont comment at all. See how many of them are pricking on your comments...

  • IndianCoolGuy on October 10, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    @Blade-Runner: After watching one sided matches India vs SL recent times, we are all bored and desperately waiting for this India Vs Aus series. Whenever India plays, you are always there to wait for an Indian loss so that you can start criticizing. Appreciate your patience for waiting such a long time every time for an Indian loss. India should take 3 spinners in this t20. Again after a splendid performance in IPL/CL t20, rohit is playing international cricket, and again we are still waiting for good performance from him.

  • on October 10, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    "rohit sharma the IPl specialist" he is not fit for international cricket matches ,almost played 102 ODI matches , but can't able to play consistently in this format, even street cricketer can play much better than this when he get a chance for 102 ODI, but IPL star cricketer yet to prove... and also the strike rate was worst then the No-11 batsmen ishant sharma .please sack him...give chance to other player

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 10, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    @Blade-Runner. Thanks for the comment. When ever you comment like this, the opposite happened. We saw it at CT,WI Triangular etc. poor guy.

  • on October 10, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    i think INDIA win today,they have enough all rounder.................

  • DaisonGarvasis on October 10, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    So India going in with three frontline spinners? And then there will be due in the ground! I agree with Bhuwaneshwar Kumar, he is good with his swing and movements, but whats the point sticking with Ishanth Sharma? After all these years of experience when the right buttons are pressed by the batsmen, Ishanth bowls immaturely!

  • on October 10, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    Rohit sharma plays too slow now, he just want to cement his place in the playing XI.

  • shashi_dhoni on October 10, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    Its going to be cracker of a match..... going to be high scoring match bcoz of a good wicket and both teams have power hitters... feilding is going to be the difference at the end of the match.. i think we lot better feilding unit like rohit,kohli,raina,jadeja lets c... cant wait to see uv blazing sixes....

  • on October 10, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Official Playing XI of both sides:

    AUSTRALIA 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Nic Maddinson, 4 Adam Voges, 5 George Bailey (capt) 6 Brad Haddin (wk), 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Nathan Coulter-Nile 11 Xavier Doherty

    INDIA 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ambati Rayudu, 8 R Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Jaidev Unadkat

    It's gonna be a cakewalk for Team India despite 5 wicket haul for Coulter-Nile..

  • Ramamoorthy_Nagooran on October 10, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja (CSK); Dhawan, Mishra, Ishant (SRH); Rohit Sharma (MI); Virat Kohli (RCB); Yuvraj, Bhuvneshwar (PWI) - No wonder why CSK is strong and SRH's improvement. Its very clear that MI & RCB are mostly dependent on overseas players because always Rohit & Virat cannot win matches. Pune is also to consider though Yuvraj was out for long time. Wondering KXIP, KKR, DD, RR local players not upto the expected level to make to the national team. Thinking that most IPL teams might prefer not retaining/least number of their local players for next year except CSK.

  • cricketsubh on October 10, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    lovecric1975 bard hodges age is 39 he guite shild cricket and also not playind ryobi cup u canot pick player like this .hodge is a gud player but he is time is gone it time for youngplayers .

  • naruto_senju on October 10, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    @TRAM : yes i know..... thats why i said HE NEEDS TO TAKE RESPOSIBILITY..... wishfull thinking though.....

  • on October 10, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    I wish it was 3 T-20s & 5 ODI's. ONE T-20 is under-cooked. And, 7 ODI's is over-cooked. If today's T-20 is washed off due to rain or its consequences, it will be just 7-ODIs.

    However, since it is being played in India, India can try out as many potential candidates for the next ODI World Cup as possible, against a tough opposition- without flying out & flying in of all those extra players to be tried out. The negative side is also the same fact; that it is in India and not in Australia-NZ, where it will be held. That way, NZ trip will be of some use.

  • Army_rangers on October 9, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Here comes the blade runner who follows indian cricket more than indian follower and before every tourney he is expecting flop show from india...and everytime just disappointment..! I wish u all the best for this series..may ur excellent prophet continue...LOL PS:in spite of abusing india and indian team better concentrate on your flop hopeless team..

  • Cyril_Knight on October 9, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    A lot of fussy comments for a one-off match. T20 is a lottery, that is what can make it so entertaining. In just 40 overs of cricket anything can happen. The return of Yuvraj, irrelevant, the poor Aussie side, irrelevant. It takes only a dropped catch, a good run out, an inspired field change to win a T20. There is often no time to recover. Over analysis is often the reason for failure in the shortest form. It's adaptability and guts that win T20s. Dhoni is often inspired and always gutsy, that's why he is the most important man in any T20 match he plays.

  • landl47 on October 9, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    It's a T20I. Either side can win.

  • nshant on October 9, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Wana see Ûv hitting ball out of stadium

  • LoveCric1975 on October 9, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Big Questions; What has brad hodge done to deserve such hostility from CA? And why over a number of years such a tremendous talent has been blatantly disregarded? And all that among torridly mediocre tradesmen lingering around him.

  • on October 9, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    it going to be a great match but india is going to win by 10 wicket

  • desiboy454 on October 9, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Rohit Opening in t20 seems a little off, I personally think Virat should open with Dhawan, I have seen Virat open in t20s and he scores quickly. With Rohit, I think he would be a better fit at #3 in t20s. He bats at 3 or 4 for mumbai, so I think he should bat their for t20s for india. Virat & dhawan would be a hammering combo. Rohit is too slow to openn in t20s. My playing XI: 1. Dhawan 2. Virat 3. Rohit 4. Yuvi 5. MSD 6. Raina 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Mishra 10. Bhuvi 11. Ishant/Unadkat.. I m not sure about Ishant, still not a fan of both the Sharmas! I think india will win tomorrows game! Lets go Team India

  • TRAM on October 9, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    @naruto_senju, >>>>waiting for desperate good bowling by ISHANT SHARMA???? Its ok to expect "desperate bowling". But "Good Bowling", no, not fair to ask something he cant offer.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 9, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    @Blade-Runner: If you are an ACTUAL Aussie fan, you wouldn't say that hahaha. Cause Australia simply don't look like winning anything at the moment. India should breeze this comfortably and all the 7 ODIs following this game. Sorry Australia, begin your victory march against the Poms in yet another Ashes series this winter.

  • sachinisawesome on October 9, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner Whenever there is series starting I always hope you are their to comment against India. You said India will not win a single match in Sri Lanka but we thrashed Sri Lanka at their homw 4-1, Then you said India will not win a single match in CT including warm up matches and India won all the matches. Then you said it was a fluke and India will loose Tri series in WI and India won beating Sri Lanka in the final again. Then you said IPL teams will be out before finals and it was all IPL final. And now you say 5-0 Aus. Thank you so much for always jinxing other teams against India. We always appreciate and we know your interest in our team is more than that in your own team. I hope your team also get some success in the future(Its highly unlikely though).

  • on October 9, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    T20 is very much lottery, Aus unlike other teams dont have any problem against spinners or playing in front of a huge crowd. Both teams have IPL players, so nothing much to choose between them. Aus have good fast bowlers but they lack quality spinners, this is one area where Indian team has an edge. If its going to be a typical Indian spin track Aus may struggle. But who knows its T20 & just 1 game it can be anyone's game.

  • ProdigyA on October 9, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Are the matches going to be available on WatchEspn? LIke the recent CL matches. I really do hope so.

  • on October 9, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Rohit should be out of the squad. He has been given enough opportunities and bet he will fail again. Bring player like Sanju Samson or Ajinkya Rahane.

  • on October 9, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    So, looks like RAIN will be the man of the match tomorrow....how sad.

  • on October 9, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner who says "Australia are gonna win this game without breaking a sweat since they possess superior batting n bowling options than India."..... Hey buddy what else does your imagination say...I bet you also beleive superman going to fly over the stadium during the match? Or is spider man gonna crawl on scorecard when a wicket falls?

  • on October 9, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Sorry, I made an error in an earlier post, and said: "3 T-20s and 3 ODIs, might have been ideal!"... Wrong!... I meant to type it as "3 T-20s and 5 (FIVE) ODIs ...."

  • launcher007 on October 9, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    @blade-runner yes Australia are gonna win the game without breaking a sweat when they playing against Srilanka and for ur remainder Australia is going to face MIGHTY INDIANS the CHAMPIONS the word dfine's everything.....

  • on October 9, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    9 Amit Mishra, is totally out of form; see how poorly he bowled in champions trophy 2013 in all the sunrisers game....

  • on October 9, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    India should go for the kill right from the word go...they should try to achieve a whitewash which is possible. That will be a huge achievement !!

  • siddharth_r2001 on October 9, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    I agree with the probable XI for India as listed in the article. However, in the batting order listed, I would swap the positions of Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina. Rohit has been doing a stellar job coming in at no. 4 for Mumbai Indians. And Suresh Raina is vastly experienced at coming in to bat in the first over itself (mainly courtesy of Murali Vijay) for Chennai Super Kings. Might as well have him open the innings to take advantage of the field restrictions. Only thing that would break up is a left-right opening combination. Also skeptical about Sir Jadeja's form. Now with Yuvraj back, India have that 5th bowler, and I may be tempted to play Rayudu instead of Jadeja.

  • Blade-Runner on October 9, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    Australia are gonna win this game without breaking a sweat since they possess superior batting n bowling options than India.

  • on October 9, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Less than 24 hrs; and it is still raining /drizzling in many parts of Gujarat!

  • on October 9, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Except Brad Haddin, the rest of the OZ team seem to have played T-20, either in IPL or CT-20 or both. As such, both sets of players can not complain about acclimatization issues. Jelling as a team is the only issue (for both the teams).

    3 T-20s and 3 ODIs, might have been ideal! (Sorry, being an old-timer, I keep on forgetting, that Cricket is primarily a business; and only secondarily a game)

  • on October 9, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Ind will win it and odi series too may be 5-2 in ODIs and a 20 odd run or5/6 wicket victory.

  • AKS286 on October 9, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Hmm good variant team of Australia with lots of bowling options like Watto, Maxwell, Moises, Faulkner, Johnson, Coulter or Mckay, doherty. If we look at the Indian team they are with two specialist spinners so I'll prefer Doherty must play the game due to many pace bowlers are present. Finch, Haddin, Bailey, Watto, Voges, Maxwell, Moises, Johnson, Faulkner, Mckay, Doherty.

  • on October 9, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Ashwin is totally out of form, for quite some time.. His experimentations are going overboard. Some of them looks stupid, like the unnecessary pause before delivery (with the front foot a bit up in the air).

    Send him back to domestic, to regain confidence, letting of air from his slightly inflated confidence, and possibly better fitness. (He should be put through the 'sprint test' before allowing him back into the national team.)

  • naruto_senju on October 9, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    am i the only one who is waiting for desperate good bowling by ISHANT SHARMA???? man indian need HIM taking resposibility as a pace lead.... . expecting big scoring game... and once 90+ score from both side batsmen..... \m/ go india.....

  • on October 9, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    india, india and india, its that simple. so dont think of winning any one else exept dhoni eleven. best of luck to both the teams.

  • playfaircricket on October 9, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Aussie Bowling Looks Strong Against India's Strong Batting lineup...But I'm Doubting That This Weak Indian Bowling(except Bhuvi,Mishra) Can Contain Against Little Bit Inexperienced But Strong Hitters Australian Batting Line Up...Rajkot Always Favours The Batsmen Though....I Think Mishra & Bhuvi Wil Be Key For India & For Australia Opening Batsmen's Contributions Will Be Key...

    What Are Your Thoughts Guys

  • on October 9, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    india definatly going to rock...this time.......

  • narbha on October 9, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    sure Yuvraj gonna make a strong comeback... he is a real match winner for India from a decade especially in ODI. and i think this time India should prefer Mishra than Ashwin. Mirsha is a very versatile spinner and he will be a better option than Out of form Aswin.. so best of luck Team India and Yuvi...

  • on October 9, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    yuvi we are waiting for you.. come on India do it !!!

  • on October 9, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    The come back of Yuvi is great move by BCCI. And we wish india start this series with a win.All the Best team India.

  • on October 9, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    The come back of Yuvi is great move by BCCI. And we wish india start this series with a win.All the Best team India.

  • on October 9, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    yuvi we are waiting for you.. come on India do it !!!

  • narbha on October 9, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    sure Yuvraj gonna make a strong comeback... he is a real match winner for India from a decade especially in ODI. and i think this time India should prefer Mishra than Ashwin. Mirsha is a very versatile spinner and he will be a better option than Out of form Aswin.. so best of luck Team India and Yuvi...

  • on October 9, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    india definatly going to rock...this time.......

  • playfaircricket on October 9, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Aussie Bowling Looks Strong Against India's Strong Batting lineup...But I'm Doubting That This Weak Indian Bowling(except Bhuvi,Mishra) Can Contain Against Little Bit Inexperienced But Strong Hitters Australian Batting Line Up...Rajkot Always Favours The Batsmen Though....I Think Mishra & Bhuvi Wil Be Key For India & For Australia Opening Batsmen's Contributions Will Be Key...

    What Are Your Thoughts Guys

  • on October 9, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    india, india and india, its that simple. so dont think of winning any one else exept dhoni eleven. best of luck to both the teams.

  • naruto_senju on October 9, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    am i the only one who is waiting for desperate good bowling by ISHANT SHARMA???? man indian need HIM taking resposibility as a pace lead.... . expecting big scoring game... and once 90+ score from both side batsmen..... \m/ go india.....

  • on October 9, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Ashwin is totally out of form, for quite some time.. His experimentations are going overboard. Some of them looks stupid, like the unnecessary pause before delivery (with the front foot a bit up in the air).

    Send him back to domestic, to regain confidence, letting of air from his slightly inflated confidence, and possibly better fitness. (He should be put through the 'sprint test' before allowing him back into the national team.)

  • AKS286 on October 9, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Hmm good variant team of Australia with lots of bowling options like Watto, Maxwell, Moises, Faulkner, Johnson, Coulter or Mckay, doherty. If we look at the Indian team they are with two specialist spinners so I'll prefer Doherty must play the game due to many pace bowlers are present. Finch, Haddin, Bailey, Watto, Voges, Maxwell, Moises, Johnson, Faulkner, Mckay, Doherty.

  • on October 9, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Ind will win it and odi series too may be 5-2 in ODIs and a 20 odd run or5/6 wicket victory.