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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

India vs Australia Star Sports T20 Cup 2013: Preview

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What
The one-off Twenty20 International between India and Australia
When
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Where
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Kandheri, Rajkot: After making its international debut with the ODI between India and England in January 2013, this venue will now host its first T20I.  (Also Read: All New Kit For India During Australia Series)
The Teams
India
This might be the beginning of a new international season for Team India but most of the players in the squad have already warmed up in the recently concluded CLT20. Those who did not play in the T20 league are coming with a handful of domestic games under their belt; expect them to hit the ground running. The batting paradise at Rajkot’s new cricket venue will allow the prolific Indian batting line-up to strut its stuff in the format tailor-made for the willow wielders.  (Also Read: Yuvraj Singh will come back strong: MS Dhoni)
While the top six batsmen more or less pick themselves in the XI, there will be competition for the bowling spaces. With Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin likely to fill in the spinners’ slots, three out of the five selected pacers will vie for a game. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Jaydev Unadkat start out as favourites.
Australia
A few days back Justin Langer called India the ‘Mount Everest’ for Australian cricketers. The good thing for them in this series is that many of the squad members have been in India since the last few days, with their CLT20 sides. Hence, the acclimatisation part has already been seen through. Hopefully, the bowlers – especially the faster ones – have used the IPL and CLT20 experience in learning the art of bowling of Indian wickets, which will hold the team in good stead.
Experienced heads like Shane Watson and Brad Haddin will play a key role in holding the Australian batting together, while the likes of Mitchell Johnson and James Faulkner will try to replicate their recent IPL successes. Although there is not much in the Rajkot track for the pacers, expect Australia to play to their own strengths rather than the conditions.
Key Players
India
All eyes will be on India’s comeback man, Yuvraj Singh, as he takes field after a rigorous training session in France and a bagful of runs at the domestic level. The batting friendly conditions will be a perfect way for the left-hander to ease back into international cricket, and expect him to make the most it.
Australia
Shane Watson might not be the designated captain of the team but he will definitely be looked upon to lead the Australians on and off the field. While Watson’s all-round skills will be a deciding factor for Australia’s fortunes, his knowledge of India and Indian cricketers will be highly sought after by skipper, George Bailey.
Stats
Playing record of two teams
Mts
Won
Lost
NR
Win%
India
45
25
19
1
55.55
Australia
63
31
31
1
49.20
Head to Head
Mts
Ind
Aus
Overall
7
3
4
in India
1
1
0
Last 5 matches (most recent listed first)
India:  Won, Lost, Lost, Won, Won
Australia:  Lost, Won, Lost, Lost, Lost
Trivia
Yuvraj Singh has hit more sixes (54) than fours (45) in Twenty20 internationals.
No one has captained his side in more Twenty20 internationals than MS Dhoni (41).
Squads
India:  MS Dhoni  (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat
Australia:  George Bailey (Captain), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Shane Watson.

source: bcci.tv

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