Indian team after throwing the easy game at Mohali to help Australia to bounce back into the series will now face a real battle when they will take on Australia in the fifth one day international at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad.
With seven match series leveled on 2-2 both teams look to win the Hyderabad game to put pressure in the upcoming matches on the loosing side. With M.Henriques joining the latest Australian causality list it will be very tough for Australia to continue their winning momentum going.
On the other hand Indian management is very happy with the return of Gautam Gambhir after he was declared fir for fifth ODI. Due to neck injury he has missed the game at Mohali. Indian captain knows that their bowling looks ok but their batting department needs some polishing after loosing the game while chasing such a small 250 runs target at Mohali.
Especially he is hoping that top order will fire in the fifth ODI to help India to gain lead in the series. Virendra Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh all are in superb form but they need to be consistence like M.S.Dhoni and any one of these will need to score big hundreds for India if they would like to register their first win at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad.
Australia have simply lost too many players, which has made India the favourites. Indian team knows that loosing the series against under strength Australia will be big embarrassment for them. India need a win in Hyderabad to start their march towards 5-2, anything less than which should disappoint them by considering Australian weak squad and India full strength squad and that too on their home turf.
Watch out for
V.Sehwag: A man who is capable of destroying any bowling attack is eager to win a game for India which he hasn’t done of late. By seeing the way he has played in the series he looks in fine touch but he needs to spend some time in the middle to score big runs for himself and his team.
M.Hussey: What we can call him Mr. Cricketer, Mr. Australia or Mr. Consistent. He is the man who is guiding Australia to respectable total in the series. Hussey has managed 247 at 82.33, his lowest score being 40, in Mohali. He will be the man to watch in the tense battle at Hyderabad.
Pitch & Condition
Pitch at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad is expected to be another batting paradise. However pitch curator has confidence that the condition in the nights will be dew-free. Pitch is expected to be flat and true so team winning the toss would love to put the runs in excess of 300 on the board.
Gautam Gambhir who missed the last ODI is fit and now ready to play at Hyderabad that means Virat Kohli will the man to miss out. Australia on the other hand has lots of thought process to do before picking the final playing XI with M. Henriques is added to the latest causality list
Likely Playing XI for both Teams (Match is Schedule to begin at 14:30 PM India Time)
India Squad: V.Sehwag, S.Tendulkar, G.Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, M.S.Dhoni (Captain & WK), S.Raina, H.Singh, R.Jadeja, P.Kumar, I.Sharma, A.Nehra.
Australia Squad: Shane Watson, S.Marsh, Ricky Ponting (Captain), Michael Hussey, Cameron White, A.Voges, Mitchell Johnson, G.Manou (WK), D.Bollinger, Nathan Hauritz, B.Hilfenhaus.
Stats and Trivia
So far India have played two ODI’s at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad and they have lost both their games one against South Africa and one against Australia. The stadium doesn’t shoot for the host teams.
M.S.Dhoni needs 76 runs to achieve the 5000 runs in ODI.
Sachin Tendulkar needs another 7 runs to get pass 17000 runs in one day internationals.