After losing two matches in tri-series, India will be looking for their first points in the tournament when they take on Australia at Sydney on 26th January 2015. The Indian batting was a problem in the second match as they got dismissed for a paltry 153 which England chased it down in 26 overs. In the first match, Rohit Sharma scored a brilliant century and the rest of the batting failed to capitalize on the starts. The Indian batting has to perform very well in this match against Australia. The top-order must give a good start to the team which they have failed to give in the 2 matches they have played so far. Shikhar Dhawan has been in poor form in series so far and it will be a big challenge for the opener to regain his form. India’s biggest worry is their bowling attack which has not been able to control the flow of runs and need to be at their best to stop the Australian team.
On the other hand, Australia have been on a roll. They have won all the three matches in the tournament so far. The opening combination has given good starts to the team in every match. David Warner might come back in the team. Against England, Steve Smith scored a great century to help the Australian team seal a place in the final of the tri-series. This team looks very solid at the moment. The team also has a good middle-order. George Bailey, who was suspended for the England match due to slow over-rate, will come back into the team as a captain. The bowling also looks good at the moment.
India will need win both matches to seal a place in the finals whereas, the Australian team will look to continue their winning momentum. The biggest challenge for India will be to play with positive attitude. The team must focus on building partnerships so that they can score heavily against the solid Aussie attack.
Probable Playing XI for Australia:
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty
Probable Playing XI for India:
Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Stuart Binny, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami
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