252/9 - 165/10

Date: Sun Feb 26
Time: 03:20 GMT
14:20 local
Competition: India - Australia Series
Live/Repeat: Live
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney



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Australia vs India Match Preview

Mohit Singh, Feb 26th 2012
Australia will look to seal their finals berth when they take on India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Will he get going for India?
Will he get going for India?
Such has been the change in fortunes over the past two weeks that now India are struggling to qualify for the finals of the Commonwealth Bank Series. They will be aiming for nothing less than a win when they lock horns with Australia in Sydney on Sunday. The home side too has worries of its own and would rather not take their opponents lightly.

After two wins from the first three matches, India have faded away to be now reeling in third place on the table, and under immense pressure to turn the tide. More importantly, rumors of rift between MS Dhoni and senior team players has been the point of much debate in the media lately.

Virender Sehwag reacted angrily to MS Dhoni’s reasoning behind the rotation policy of the openers. The panic eventually forced BCCI and media manager to step in to not only dismiss the claims, but also appeal to the media to move on. Given the torrid situation on and off the field, it will be an extremely challenging task for the players to turn things around when they take the field on Sunday.

Australia will be hoping to exploit the Indian team’s current patchy phase as the home side also searches for answers to their many problems. While Michael Clarke staged an impressive return to the side after his injury, the team failed to win in its first match in the post-Ricky Ponting era.

A thrilling last-over finish in which Brett Lee and Ryan Harris were taken for plenty of runs in the final few overs summed up the problems they have had through most part of the tournament. While bowlers will look to improve, the batsmen look in good shape as Peter Forrest struck his first century, while the rest also chipped in.

A victory to the home side would mean an almost-certain exit for India. The World Champions would be keen to avoid such a fate just a year after lifting the coveted trophy. The match starts at 2.20pm local time.