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Thursday, October 4, 2007

India Vs Australia 3rd ODI at Hyderabad - India need to tighten their strength

Indian cricket team compose of big names and young lads and they need to tighten their strength before third ODI, which will be played on Friday 5th of October at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad.

Australia manages to score more than three hundred in each of their innings in the two matches they have played so far at Bangalore and Kochi. Die to rain in Bangalore the first match is ended without result and in Second match World Champions played like champion to outclassed the Indian team and win it by 84 runs.

Australia are likely to be strengthened by the return of their captain Ricky Ponting who missed the first two games because of a hamstring strain he sustained during the ICC World Twenty20. Australia's one worry would have been their tendency to lose quick wickets at the start - 18 for 2 at Bangalore and 8 for 2 at Kochi - and Ponting's inclusion, most likely at the expense of Brad Hodge, will allay fears of the middle order having to bail them out again.

Nathan Bracken also returned from Australia after attending the birth of his son and he is also likely to play.

Indian team is also in dilemma after return of fit Saurav Ganguly. Either Gautam Gambhir has to sit out or one of senior pros may be rested (Sachin or Rahul Dravid). Since Uthappa made 40 runs of 31 balls in 2nd ODI and Gambhir is also looking in nice touch with the bat.

Indian spinner need to tighten up little bit in the middle over, since in both game Indian pacer gave great start but due to lack of consistency in middle over by spinners Australians manage to build partnership and able to get pass the score of 300 runs in their 50 Overs.

India's vice-captain Yuvraj Singh has promised that the team will perform on the field rather than get involved in arguments with the opposition when they take on Australia in the third One-Day International here on Friday.

Pitch here in Hyderabad is batting paradise and we may see another 300 plus game here.

Match will begin from 09.00 AM (Indian Time which will be Day Match)

Likely Playing XI for Both teams:

Indian Squad: Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Robin Uthappa, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C/WK), Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Ramesh Pawar, Zaheer Khan & S.Sreesanth

Australian Squad: Adam Gilchrist (WK), Mathew Hayden, Ricky Ponting (C), Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Brad Haddin, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Stuark Clark.


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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 7:59 PM  
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