Australia v India, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Barbados May 6, 2010

In-form favourites face off

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Match Facts

Friday, May 7, Bridgetown
Start time 0930 (1330 GMT)

The Big Picture

If you trust the bookmakers - and in the unpredictable Twenty20 format that is quite a risk - Australia and India are the two favourites to win the tournament. They both came through the pool stage undefeated, along with West Indies and New Zealand, and for whoever loses this game the campaign is far from over. But it will provide a very interesting form guide, considering the final will be played at this venue.

India have had a week off following their double-header in St Lucia, while Australia have been given a taste of the quicker conditions in Barbados during their victory over Bangladesh on Wednesday. It could give Michael Clarke's men a slight advantage and their pace trio of Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait and either Mitchell Johnson or Ryan Harris should be fired up against the stronger opposition.

They find themselves facing an outfit that includes Suresh Raina, who has just become one of four century-makers in Twenty20 internationals, and men like Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir, who often seem to lift against Australia. Whichever team escapes with the points from this game will take a big confidence boost, while the loser will hope to turn things around against Sri Lanka and West Indies to find a way through to the semi-finals.

Form guide (most recent first)

Australia: WWTWW
India: WWWLL

Watch out for...

It was Dirk Nannes who did the most damage against Bangladesh, but Shaun Tait is an equally frightening prospect on a Kensington Oval pitch with some speed. He cracked the 160kph barrier during the Australian summer and is always a threat in the short, sharp spells favoured by Twenty20 captains.

Yuvraj Singh has made useful contributions in both matches so far, without on either occasion being the star. His power is without question and he enjoys playing Australia: in his two Twenty20s against them he has made a combined 101 runs from 55 balls.

Team news

After two comfortable victories, don't expect Australia to make any changes unless Mitchell Johnson is available. Johnson missed the Bangladesh game with an infection in his right elbow and should replace Ryan Harris if he comes in. "He was certainly improving this morning," Michael Clarke said after Wednesday's game. "Mitch is a huge part of our team with both bat and ball, hopefully he is fit."

Australia (probable) 1 David Warner, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 Brad Haddin (wk), 5 David Hussey, 6 Cameron White, 7 Michael Hussey, 8 Steven Smith, 9 Mitchell Johnson/Ryan Harris, 10 Dirk Nannes, 11 Shaun Tait.

The opener Gambhir says he is feeling fit and strong after recovering from a groin injury and is in line to replace Dinesh Karthik. Praveen Kumar has flown home and should be replaced by Zaheer Khan. With the pitch likely to assist fast bowling, Vinay Kumar might also get an opportunity at the expense of Piyush Chawla.

India (possible) 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 M Vijay, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 6 Yusuf Pathan, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Piyush Chawla/ Vinay Kumar, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Ashish Nehra.

Pitch and conditions

The Barbados pitch has been more fun for the fast men and harder work for the batsmen. In the opening four games there the scores have been modest: 141, 114, 139, 80, 147, 151, 170 and 157. The forecast is for scattered showers and a top of 33C.

Stats and trivia

  • The teams have met in three Twenty20 internationals for two wins to India and one to Australia

  • They last faced each other in February 2008, and such has been the change in Australia's Twenty20 team since then that only Michael Clarke and the Hussey brothers remain from that side

  • At the close of the pool stage, Dirk Nannes was the leading wicket taker in the tournament, with seven at 8.42

    Quotes

    "These conditions are really going to help our fast bowlers. There was a lot of pace and bounce in that wicket."
    The Barbados pitch excites Michael Clarke

    "There is not much difference between the three sides as in T20 every team looks to attack. Everybody would like to win the title. So the competition is going to be stiff."
    Gautam Gambhir

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY bramville on | May 8, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Sorry Cricinfo Staff - I know you wrote this before the Ind / Aus match. But now that everyone knows the result of this match, i think you might have to re-write your heading. India were outclassed in all aspects of the game. If this is the way they play fast bowling, then they can say good bye to a semi final spot. With Srilanka is good form, India are going to have to play out of their teeth if they have to get past SL and WI.

  • POSTED BY Naren on | May 7, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Some of the Indians writing here were pretty arrogant (India will crush Australia period... lol). They have inherited the traits from Lalit Modi I guess. Being confident and being arrogant are two different things. Also people are mislead by overrated IPL performances. Shaun Tait playing for RR and playing for Australia is way way different. Our players are a bit overrated. Without Shewag and Tendulkar our team looks fragile. Too many hit or miss players in the team. Vijay has to prove that his IPL form is not a flash in the pan, if they were real innings in first place. IPL looked like every team was given strict instructions to make the game look close and see saw all the time, so it can entertan the bookies. It did not look real at all. Now we are watching some real cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Aussie Aussie AUSSIE! Oi Oi OI!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    I think Australia and South Africa are favorites of this tournament. AUS will beat India easily today.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    pakistan cant win by its self and now all pakistani support australia to make them win.australia need pakistani for win...........? watch out md. ali.

  • POSTED BY Sharath281 on | May 7, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    India are playing with 8 batsmen...Too defensive a tactic...8 overs to be bowled among Jadeja, Yusuf, Yuvraj, Rohit & Raina...Hope that doesn't cost much to India...Hope & Pray that India wins:)

  • POSTED BY AnandPriyaRahul on | May 7, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    All the Best INDIA!!!!!!!!!!! CHAK DE INDIA!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY NAV_EEN on | May 7, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    i'll give a chance to Umesh yadav instead of chawla or vinay kumar as on this picth his pace and speed of 140-145 will be quite handful.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    India is over rated team. Today India will face fast and furious bowling which India have always lacked. Tell me one Indian bowler who can bowl above the 150 kph rate.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    This should be a very interesting encounter if these two go at it. The crucial part really is the toss. I'd put myself in the field first to extract as much of that fresh bounce as possible to my advantage. However from that point of view it is almost a given that Australia may very well win chasing. Their very menacing quartet should extract as much pace as possible. Of course notwithstanding that GG & the rest LOVE the ball coming onto the bat. But can they handle the initial screamers & fireworks from Tait & co.?

  • POSTED BY bramville on | May 8, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Sorry Cricinfo Staff - I know you wrote this before the Ind / Aus match. But now that everyone knows the result of this match, i think you might have to re-write your heading. India were outclassed in all aspects of the game. If this is the way they play fast bowling, then they can say good bye to a semi final spot. With Srilanka is good form, India are going to have to play out of their teeth if they have to get past SL and WI.

  • POSTED BY Naren on | May 7, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Some of the Indians writing here were pretty arrogant (India will crush Australia period... lol). They have inherited the traits from Lalit Modi I guess. Being confident and being arrogant are two different things. Also people are mislead by overrated IPL performances. Shaun Tait playing for RR and playing for Australia is way way different. Our players are a bit overrated. Without Shewag and Tendulkar our team looks fragile. Too many hit or miss players in the team. Vijay has to prove that his IPL form is not a flash in the pan, if they were real innings in first place. IPL looked like every team was given strict instructions to make the game look close and see saw all the time, so it can entertan the bookies. It did not look real at all. Now we are watching some real cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Aussie Aussie AUSSIE! Oi Oi OI!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    I think Australia and South Africa are favorites of this tournament. AUS will beat India easily today.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    pakistan cant win by its self and now all pakistani support australia to make them win.australia need pakistani for win...........? watch out md. ali.

  • POSTED BY Sharath281 on | May 7, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    India are playing with 8 batsmen...Too defensive a tactic...8 overs to be bowled among Jadeja, Yusuf, Yuvraj, Rohit & Raina...Hope that doesn't cost much to India...Hope & Pray that India wins:)

  • POSTED BY AnandPriyaRahul on | May 7, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    All the Best INDIA!!!!!!!!!!! CHAK DE INDIA!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY NAV_EEN on | May 7, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    i'll give a chance to Umesh yadav instead of chawla or vinay kumar as on this picth his pace and speed of 140-145 will be quite handful.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    India is over rated team. Today India will face fast and furious bowling which India have always lacked. Tell me one Indian bowler who can bowl above the 150 kph rate.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    This should be a very interesting encounter if these two go at it. The crucial part really is the toss. I'd put myself in the field first to extract as much of that fresh bounce as possible to my advantage. However from that point of view it is almost a given that Australia may very well win chasing. Their very menacing quartet should extract as much pace as possible. Of course notwithstanding that GG & the rest LOVE the ball coming onto the bat. But can they handle the initial screamers & fireworks from Tait & co.?

  • POSTED BY ashishdas01 on | May 7, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    why does group F have winners of 3 preliminary groups (Ind, Aus & WI), whereas Group E has only one and rest other 3 teams in gp E are runners-up teams from their respective preliminary group. This, although theoreticaly, is disadvantage to teams in group F as it makes their group tougher than group E.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    India has the fire power with the big hitters, but Australia is a more balanced team than India is at this point with its dynamic pace attack.. Unless the Indian batting line up fires big time as they did against SA, or suddenly the Barbados pitch starts liking spin bowlers, it is going to be a tough challenge for India... but surely an interesting contest...

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    I will be following this match in earnest - It looks like it's going to be a cracker!

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    I would love to see India Bashing out of first Super 8 and then will face a similar position as pakistan would be in tommorow in a Must win games. so if India looses today its a virtual Q.F after words for India.....

  • POSTED BY chaps96 on | May 7, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Go India !! Great comments Kickittome. Peace Mate. Looking forward to a good game, that's all I ask for ..:-)

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    I would love to see India Bashing out of first Super 8 and then will face a similar position as pakistan would be in tommorow in a Must win games. so if India looses today its a virtual Q.F after words for India.....

  • POSTED BY DoCCOMO on | May 7, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    i hope India win the world cup!!!!!!! they have tough super 8 opponents this year. Australia are the toughest in the group

  • POSTED BY Pabitra_Behera_Dhenkanal_ORISSA on | May 7, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    I think India should send Bhajji at 4 and let him comment Aussies with bat and give india the advantage.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    I feel that the Aussies ought to win looking at their side on paper. My favourite player is clarke and my favourite team is Australia.

    Go Aussies!

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Mr. Ali, I think you should really worry about Pakistan's chances in the world cup, specially keeping in mind the walloping they received at the hands of England.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | May 7, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    This will be an interesting encounter. I think that Australia now has much more of a "T20 look" about it than it has had previously. In the past Australia has played ODI players without recognising the T20 specialists. People like Nannes, Tait, Warner, David Hussey, White and the like are far better at T20 than any other format - indeed Brad Haddin is way better in the shorter forms than in the longer forms. The only major weak link in the Australian side is the captain himself - Michael Clarke - and he is not that weak a link. I would rather have seen Ponting play though - or perhaps Brad Hodge. Pity that Symonds is effectively banned, but we won't go there. As for who will win, well, India are a damned good T20 side so can't be written off. But I feel that their side is not as settled and not as balanced as Australia's. Just the same, India can surprise with patches of brilliance and they have Sehwag and Tendulkar who can both win it solo.

  • POSTED BY masteraneesh on | May 7, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    A good XI would be 1. Vijay 2. Gambhir 3.Raina 4. Yuvi 5.Dhoni 6. Harbhajan 7. Pathan (Pollard in IPL3 did do better at 7) 8. Jadeja 9.Vinay Kumar 10. Zaheer 11.Nehra/RP Singh

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    I think the Indian Players will really tested today by the Australian pacemen with some quality short-pitched bowling. They really need to bat well to win this game. All the best India!!

  • POSTED BY kickittome70 on | May 7, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    It should be an enticing contest - I'm an Aussie but I love watching MS and Yusef play. I'm a bit confused about no Sachie - he's the best player in the world in any form and he proved that in IPL 3. Bring him in I say, but me and Sachie are the same age and we've both been playing cricket for the same amount of time, although his ability is better than i could play in my craziest dreams. I guess the legend deserves a break. Zhaeer Khan is a very experienced bwler and the Aussie guys have a lot of respect for him. I'm from Melbourne and I am the cultural awareness officer at my cricket club in Melbourne. We have lots of great INdian players at our club. Racisism is not tolerated and the best thing is that we all go out as guysand have a great time after our games. It's all about mutual respect

  • POSTED BY aditya104 on | May 7, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    @prendergaj190391 Dont underestimate Vinay Kumar. He is very good.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    kya ho raha h indian bowling ko....injury....

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    If Ishant Sharma was in form and in song he could have been the guy to look out for on this sorta track. Anyway it's going to be the best match so far of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY longrun on | May 7, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    should be a cracker.i don't like t20 a whole lot but these tournaments are fantastic. the 2 best cricket nations facing off. india's strength is spin, aussies is pace. india probably ahead in batting in this format, but aussies always better in field (touch wood). yet to see clarke dominate in t20 and it's time he did so. wish it was on free tv.

  • POSTED BY concerned_cricketer on | May 7, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Yes, this is an exciting match indeed. It's a good opportunity for the Australians and the Indians to test themselves early on with further possibility to redeem themselves if they don't measure up. Dirk Nannes will be difficult to play exactly as was evident in the IPL. But hopefully the experience of playing him in IPL would have given some of the Indian batsmen some familiarity. The battle imminent between the Aussie openeing bowlers and Gambhir and M Vijay is lipsmacking. My prediction is they will be watchful for 2 overs and then try to go for it. Something has got to give. The tension is unbearable.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Go australi go...whole pakistan are supporting you...turn the hype of india into dust

  • POSTED BY srijan_sengupta on | May 7, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    remember shaun tait taking an 'indefinite break' after Sehwag's ruthless hitting during the test series down under?? and i certainly think Irfan pathan should be in this team.. why can't he play as a batting all-rounder? he can still swing the new ball and can chip in with 2-3 overs. A newcomer like Umesh Yadav in the carribean pitches.. that too when most players have already grown used to conditions.. i think he's just gonna be a tourist..

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    I think Irfan Pathan is unlucky to miss the spot of Praveen Kumar.Dhoni is a great captain and a perfect leader for India but he is definitely against Irfan Pathan ,don't know why?.Well I would really advice Dhoni the great, please keep personal issues aside and select the best country India deserves to remain not only the top team in the world but also to become the invincibles team India.Good luck team India .

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    looking forward to this clash ...

  • POSTED BY star2727 on | May 7, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    sorry to burst most of your bubbles, but i think aus are going to kick ass today.. Raina, Yuvi and dhoni and world class.. but yuvraj is very unpredictable.. other than for Harbajan, all the other bowlers are ordinary and they are hyped up by the media... if nehra bowls like what he did with the afghans, he will be massacared...

    however... i fancy these 2 teams to come into the semi's and maybe will meet each other again in the finals!

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    GO india...go....blast the aussies....Dont allow them to make their way to semi finals..

  • POSTED BY prendergaj190391 on | May 7, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Dheeraj VC- Vinay Kumar has great pace??????? the fact that you think he will trouble the australians is laughable. Perhaps the aus bats have got used to facing bowlers that bowl 10ks quicker than him, did you factor this in to your thinking?

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    Spin bowling at West Indies = Raining sixes. India's top order will struggle against the pace of Shaun Tait and Johnson on this bouncy track!

  • POSTED BY Thommo_75 on | May 7, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    A bit of added bounce and pace at barbados may hurt india a bit more than otherwise..Raina will be tested, and that only makes him a better a player..But Yusuf,im not sure..he gets into a very difficult position for short pitched deliveris and gets out to a nothing shot.. firmly believe that Rohit Sharma can handle this better and so he shud be drafted in..India shud play to their strengths, hence the reliance on spin is evitable even though the pitch demands faster bowlers(which the aussies are good at handling anyway).. Bottomline....Win the the toss, post 170 plus, and then bowl to your plan...That is Indias best bet, else I see the aussies all over them

  • POSTED BY strike_11 on | May 7, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Its a good decision calling umesh yadav rather then ishant sharma or RP singh. We have seen umesh bowl with good bounce n pace in IPL n on a pitch like this definately wud like to see yadav going against aussies. For yuvraj gonna make big difference today.

  • POSTED BY lvli on | May 7, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Team INDIA will tell th aussies wat they r capable of...like they did in th semi final of 1st edition,,,,,,,,n all th talk will start with bang bang with th indian batting and will end with the fall of stumps being exploded like crackers....by th indian bowlers......

    ALL TH BEST 4 both th teams.....but as v say....INDIA z gonna b th world t20 champs once again...so no need 2 say that this match gonna b a cakewalk 4 them.....i wish good luck again 4 th aussies to put up a hard show here to make th game competitive....

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    If only Sehwag were in it...this would be a great contest up front!

  • POSTED BY Kart_in_Quartz on | May 7, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    The one change for this rule should have been the teams that have won with the other qualifying team in their group, should have carried forward those points and the NRR.

    In this case, Ind, Aus, NZ and WI should ve gone ahead with 2 points and the other four teams with 0. And the groups E and F made accordingly and continue.

    Its sad to note those group victories dont really count except the fact that one only qualifies further. And no real importance given to the fact that an Ind has beaten RSA, an NZ beating SL and so on...

  • POSTED BY Kart_in_Quartz on | May 7, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    The one change for this rule should have been the teams that have with with the other qualifying team in the group stage should have taken those points and the NRR. In this case, Ind, Aus, NZ and WI should ve gone ahead with 2 points and the other four teams with 0. And the groups E and F made accordingly. Its sad to note those group victories dont really count except the fact that one only qualifies further. And no real importance given to the fact that an Ind has beaten RSA, Aus beating Pak and so on...

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | May 7, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    I see atleast 1 bouncer per batsman per over bowled for minimum 16 overs to be bowled by Shaun,Shane,Mitch,Dirk..what startegy Indian top order deploys is what will determine the results.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    hopefully v bring in a pace blower 2day nd rip thru d oz battin order nd i want c yusuf thrash d oz pacemen

  • POSTED BY shan228 on | May 7, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    I think Autralian's are way better than India.I think this is a very easy game for Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    India should play with 3 seamers considering the pitch, we can take advantage of the freshness in the pitch if we get to bowl first (Dhoni will opt to do if he wins the toss). Vinay kumar is good bet, he is in good form considering his spell in IPL. Rohit sharma is good bet in place of Yusuf, as he can bowl seamers..dont forget he claimed an Hat trick in the IPL, plus he has more shots up his sleeves. so 5 bowlers and you have part timers in Yuvi, Raina and Jadeja.

  • POSTED BY akshayUNITED on | May 7, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    I think India will keep the dancers on their feet today..Australia will too,by loosing their wickets...IM REALLY HOPING THERE IS NOT A SINGLE DROP OF RAIN..you dont wana watch an IND v AUS game go into D/L do u?! GO INDIA..!

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    Raina is a king of slow pithes.while totally flop on bouncy pitches..indian media is just making hype about him...i will see how his hype will turn into ashes against nannes and johnson.....gudluck australia

  • POSTED BY 5860733 on | May 7, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    IndiA Will lOOSee Inshallah

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    It's definitely shaping up to be very interesting. Each team has strengths that attack the opposition's weakness - the Aussie batting's relentless aggression was well countered by the Bangla spin department, and I think India can exploit the same weakness. On the other hands, the Indian top order should come prepared to face 90mph chin music because otherwise Tait, Johnson, and co will blow them away. The Aussie team selection is in no doubt, though I question Mike Hussey at 7 - he is an infinitely better bat than that. India's team should be: 1 Gambhir 2 Vijay 3 Raina 4 Yuvraj 5 Dhoni 6 Yusuf 7 Jadeja 8 Harbhajan 9 Chawla 10 Zaheer 11 Nehra.

  • POSTED BY aapple on | May 7, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    I' m not sure why journalists keep bigging up Harby' s performances against Australia. He' s gotten Ponting, who is not playing in this game, out often and won some tests in India. But, his career test average of 28 against Australia isn' t fantastic and 10 of his 14 tests against Australia have been in India where Australian batsmen haven' t always performed against spinners. Incidentally, his test bowling average in Australia is 73. More importantly, for this next game, his one day bowling average against Australia is 44, which is no way good

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    i thaink austaralia win this match

  • POSTED BY stifflers11 on | May 7, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    for those who have confusion in the schedule..the groups are divide according to the pre tournament seedings that the teams had and not according to the number of wins.. for example India and SA qualified fron group C..with India the group leaders but as they were seeded 2nd in group C therefore they will be given C2 and SA will be C1..

  • POSTED BY jagwani23 on | May 7, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    @ Raw_We - It works according to ranking my friend. Doesn't matter where you are placed in the group. The top ranks in groups A & C and the second ranks in groups B & D, qualify and form Group E for the Super Eights. Same application for group F.

  • POSTED BY GANESH1953 on | May 7, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    I feel in the Indian playing eleven has more no of bowlers than warranted. Though Yousuf pathatan and Jadeja have benn taken as alrounders, there batting ablility is very suspect in the present situation. If we are playing with both of them, then an additional batsman say Rohit Sharema or Dinesh Khartik should be included to make the batting strength reasonable at least on paper

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Raina all the way... Go INDIA Go!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Vivek.Bhandari on | May 7, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    @Raw_We: The teams are grouped in E and F according to their pre-decided seedings, not on their actual performance in the group stages. This means that these teams just need to be in the top 2 positions in their group. and this process has been carried on since the 2007 WC...

  • POSTED BY crick4life on | May 7, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    This is my 11 FOR today's game.(India) 1.Gautam Gambhir 2.Murali Vijay 3.Suresh Raina 4.Yuvraj Singh 5.MS Dhoni 6.Rohit Sharma 7.Ravindra Jadeja 8.Harbhajan Singh 9.Zaheer Khan 10.Piyush Chawla 11.Aashish Nehra Even thought the Barbados pitch will have pace and bounce I'll still like to see India play 2 specialist spinners given Australia's weakness against spin.And the fact that Praveen Kumar is not available makes the decision easier.I don't think India should take the gamble by playing Vinay Kumar in an important match like this.And i don't think Yusuf Pathan could make much of an impact in these bouncy pitches against top quality fast bowlers like Shaun Tait,Dirk Nannes and Mitchell Johnson.Rohit Sharma who's got a bit more shots up his sleeves would be a better bet.

  • POSTED BY kunalnarse19 on | May 7, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    @ Raw_We ...The Super Eight Groups are formed in advance with respect to seeds given to each team on the basis of their performance in the last T-20 World Cup. So even thought India won both their games in the first round, India is going through as C2 in the Super Eights. This format has been the same for each of the T-20 World Cups.

    And regarding Zak, I think he should definately play ahead of Vinaykumar. I think India should go in wid 3 seamers. i.e. the 3 available options (Zak,Nehra,Vinaykumar) and spin department (Harbhajan,Jadeja) ...and if need be spinning options are many (Yuvi,Yusuf,Raina)

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    I suppose Irfan Pathan would have been a better choice instead of Umesh Yadav for substituting Praveen Kumar.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Australia's biggest woory at the moment, gues what...SPIN BOWLING.. India has quality spinners like Harbhajan, Chawla, Jadeja, Yuvi, Pathan & even Raina bowls good slower ones. On the contrary, India wud have to watch out for the pace trio of Johnson, Nannes & Tait which are equally lethal. Which ever side wins its going to be a good game of cricket.

  • POSTED BY MaheshSPanicker on | May 7, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    it should be an interesting match. as already pointed out by many readers, I too think cricinfo has missed out on Zaheer's name. I think India will go in with 3 pacers, Zaheer, Nehra, and Vinay. Piyush Chawla might miss out. Yusuf Pathan, for me is there as a bowler who can bat a bit. he's not international class in either department. would Rohit play ahead of Yusuf? anyways, Rohit and Raina can also bowl an over or 2, along with Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja, if the track is helping spin. and there is Yuvraj, who is better with the ball these days, rather than with the bat.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_Saha on | May 7, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Both are favorites to win the cup. Whoever wins this game will eventually book a berth in the semis. The one who looses will have to beat Srilanka and West Indies. Tough group mates. I hope India carries on with the winning streak. Best wishes!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    India roxx .... Raina , Yuvraj , Dhoni will surely roar ...

  • POSTED BY Itchy on | May 7, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    ankit1: Remember how Aus top order played against Pak bowlers - not sure you can expect Aus top order to bat as poorly again as they did against Bangla. Not sure who will win but I think they will play against each other again before tournament is over.

  • POSTED BY gane007 on | May 7, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    its a mistake happend to the writer. he took last match team just replaced one with another :p

  • POSTED BY danishahmed5795 on | May 7, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    What is wrong with ZAHEER KHAN, and who is this UMESH YADAV? PS SINGH or IRFAN PATHAN would have been a better choice.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Reply to Raw_We, ... don't worry about winners and runners up of groups. Schedule is made by ICC to doing favor to Asian teams (particularly ind and pak) to bring them into semi finals to make money. There is no interest or big sponsors in Eng, SA, Aus and NZ for cricket. Have you seen opening or closing cermonies in cricket events in Eng, SA etc? Ind, Pak and Bangladesh public should think about it that Aus, Eng, SA, NZ are not crazy about cricket like football or other games and not big population playing cricket but still to, they are playing cricket at this level and producing big players. NZ have special talent, a small country few hundred thousand population, little percentage playing cricket. But NZ still playing this level of cricket, competing other countries and playing lot better than Bangladesh. They are amazing... Match between Ind and Aus, I think AUS would be winner.

  • POSTED BY dinosaurus on | May 7, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Raw We

    Go to the page which sets out the fixture lists, and you will see what happened and why. In effect, the whole of the first round of the tournament achieved only that 9th seeded Australia took the place of 8th seeded Bangladesh. Pakistan, seeded 1st, held the seeding because they did continue into the Super 8 stage. You will also see why this is done.

  • POSTED BY mubujk on | May 7, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    @ Raw_we Super 8 stage doesn't work like this... teams have been seed already as A1, A2, B1, B2 and so on. whatever the standing of a team in league stage, team will be seed as it was, e.g Pakistan finish second in league stage yet the qualify super 8 as A1, and Australia, finishing first will replace the seed of Bangladesh (A2) and qualified accordingly to super 8. thats how it works...

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    ZAK should replace Piyush because zak gives a strong bowling start and he is in a very good form and give vinay kumar a chance he also had a good ipl about pk a first bowler who has a good swing because it is a 9.30 pm start india misses pk services umesh yadav selection right because he bowls at 145 and bowls a good yorkersl

  • POSTED BY zak123kaif on | May 7, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    No Zak on Barbados track?it's not possible.He will definitely play.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    I cant wait to see VINAY KUMAR bowl. He has GREAT PACE that will trouble the aussies. zaheer is prolly scared of being tonked around. he will onl play against minnows fromnow on.

  • POSTED BY leggetinoz on | May 7, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    I'm an aussie, but i think India will win this game. However i also think that we will meet again at some stage and Australia will win that one. Got absolutley nothing more than a gut feeling but it is usually right so i will just go with it. I do expect a big warner innings tomorrow and Smith to get at least 3 wickets.

  • POSTED BY HariCrik on | May 7, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Is Zaheer Khan is injured? I thought he was rested against SA. If he is fit, I think either Vinay or Chawla will miss out

  • POSTED BY pbhoraskar on | May 7, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    Why is Zaheer missing from the India XI ? Sure he can do better than Vinay Kumar. I guess both Vinay and Zaheer will play and Chawla will sit out. Also Rohit might be a better choice instead of Y Pathan, given Pathan's known travails against short bowling

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    I wish Sehwag was there! India will win the game... nywy

  • POSTED BY nyk_Rulz on | May 7, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    definately INDIA will Win.....Go India.....!!!

  • POSTED BY Robin001 on | May 7, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    I think you have missed Zaheer Khan out of the squad. I dont think you mean he will not play on the pacy Barbados wicket.

  • POSTED BY arvindthiru on | May 7, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    What happened to Zaheer??? Why is he not listed in the list of probables?

  • POSTED BY MadeInIndia on | May 6, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    Sachin should have been in. RAYUDU rocks! ASHWIN a GEM!

    This is my IDEAL indian team

    Sachin, Gambhir, Vijay, Raina, Rayudu, Yuvi, Dhoni, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Munaf Patel/Nehra

  • POSTED BY MadeInIndia on | May 6, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    India will CRUSH Australia.

    Period.

  • POSTED BY rahulbhagchandani on | May 6, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    Isn't Zak fit? He should replace PK and mind it, PK would be missed heftily by India in the Caribbean.

  • POSTED BY Chennai60028 on | May 6, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    GO INDIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Raw_We on | May 6, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    a little confusion regarding the schedule...Why are three undefeated teams India,Australia and West Indies in the same group? Aren't two group toppers and two group runner ups supposed to be clubbed together for Super 8's?

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    i'm very eagerly looking forward to YUVRAJ's blitz.. he can tear any opposition apart and an exciting innings from yuvi is long due... indians should be able to win this match comprehensively given their current from...

  • POSTED BY ankit1 on | May 6, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    I think India will beat Australia with ease.. Gambhir is back, which will srength india's batting. And dont forget how australia's top order played against Bangladesh's fast bowlers.. It will be India all the way

  • POSTED BY Vibrant_Patel on | May 6, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    for me, it should be curtain raiser for T20-WC final.. India & Australia should make it to the final. (considering their current form) Also, South Africa & England should be in Semi-final.

    Btw, where is Zaheer Khan in Team (Probable) List ?? Is he alright or injured ??

    Barbados pitch is more pace friendly, so Inida should consider playing w/ 3 seemers & 2 spinners..!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    why would you choose Vinay Kumar over Zaheer Khan???? But India might play three seamers in which case it would be Nehra, Zaheer and Vinay

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    I am not sure why India will not play Zaheer Khan?

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | May 6, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    This will be the "Clash of Titans."

  • POSTED BY smode on | May 6, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    didnot mention anything abt Zaheer khan, Vinay kumar wouldn't be playing ahead of him

  • POSTED BY BKDG on | May 6, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    what about Zahir khan...bouncy pitch in Barbados and he still does not find a place in this probable team..? Is he injured...How come Vinay kumar getting precedence over Zahir..??? India has got 5 regular spinners (Harbhajan, Chawla, Yusuf, Jadeja & Yuvraj) and 2 pace bowlers?

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  • POSTED BY BKDG on | May 6, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    what about Zahir khan...bouncy pitch in Barbados and he still does not find a place in this probable team..? Is he injured...How come Vinay kumar getting precedence over Zahir..??? India has got 5 regular spinners (Harbhajan, Chawla, Yusuf, Jadeja & Yuvraj) and 2 pace bowlers?

  • POSTED BY smode on | May 6, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    didnot mention anything abt Zaheer khan, Vinay kumar wouldn't be playing ahead of him

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | May 6, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    This will be the "Clash of Titans."

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    I am not sure why India will not play Zaheer Khan?

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    why would you choose Vinay Kumar over Zaheer Khan???? But India might play three seamers in which case it would be Nehra, Zaheer and Vinay

  • POSTED BY Vibrant_Patel on | May 6, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    for me, it should be curtain raiser for T20-WC final.. India & Australia should make it to the final. (considering their current form) Also, South Africa & England should be in Semi-final.

    Btw, where is Zaheer Khan in Team (Probable) List ?? Is he alright or injured ??

    Barbados pitch is more pace friendly, so Inida should consider playing w/ 3 seemers & 2 spinners..!!

  • POSTED BY ankit1 on | May 6, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    I think India will beat Australia with ease.. Gambhir is back, which will srength india's batting. And dont forget how australia's top order played against Bangladesh's fast bowlers.. It will be India all the way

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    i'm very eagerly looking forward to YUVRAJ's blitz.. he can tear any opposition apart and an exciting innings from yuvi is long due... indians should be able to win this match comprehensively given their current from...

  • POSTED BY Raw_We on | May 6, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    a little confusion regarding the schedule...Why are three undefeated teams India,Australia and West Indies in the same group? Aren't two group toppers and two group runner ups supposed to be clubbed together for Super 8's?

  • POSTED BY Chennai60028 on | May 6, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    GO INDIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!