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Saturday, February 16, 2008

India Vs Australia 7th ODI CB Series at Adelaide Oval – Lee get’s break for Sunday ODI

Australian Selector decided to give their fast bowler a break from the Sunday ODI to be played between India and Australia.

The Australian selectors have also drafted in Victorian David Hussey as cover for Michael Clarke after Clarke suffered a nasty knock to the ribs during Friday night's victory over Sri Lanka.

With the win on Friday at WACA, Perth Australians are sitting top on the table in ongoing CB triangular series. However they will try to win the match at Adelaide Oval to almost certain their place in the final.

On the other hand Indian will be looking to take full advantage of Lee absense from Australian Squad. A victory for India at the Adelaide Oval would open up the gap against Sri Lanka both in terms of points as well as net run-rate.

Indian batting so far in the series has been of mixed bag. Gautam Gambhir is the most successful batsman for India scoring 197 runs with the average of 65.66. Indian captain M.S.Dhoni also came good in triangular series after failure in four match Test series. He has scored 173 runs in four matches with an average of 86.50.

However the main worrying factors for the Indians is the form of their vice captain Yuvraj Singh who has scored a mere 11 runs in three innings he played so far with an average of 3.66. Another batsman who failed to deliver up to his reputation is opening batsman Virendra Sehwag who has scored only 64 runs in four inning with an average of 16.00. Sachin Tendulkar will be also eyeing a big score at batting paradise at Adelaide oval.

Three of the four games involving India are so far rain affected in the series, however there will be no chance of rain tomorrow and that is good news for both the teams to show their class and potential in full game.

Highest total at Adelaide oval is 339/4 by West Indies batting first against Pakistan in 2004-05 and lowest total is 70 by the Australians against New Zealand in 1986

Match will start from 08.45 AM (Indian Time which will be Day/Night Encounter at Adelaide Oval)

Likely Playing XI for Both teams:

Australia: Adam Gilchrist, M.Hayden, R.Ponting (C), Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Michael Hussey, James Hopes, S.Clark, Nathan Bracken, Mitchell Johnson, B.Hogg.

India: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, R.Sharma, Robin Uthappa, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt, wk), Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma.


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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 5:24 PM  
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