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India, Australia Gear Up for First ODI in Perth

January 11
14:10 2016

australia3New Delhi, Monday, January 11 – Preparations to successfully host the match between Australia and India are in full swing at W.A.C.A. Ground in Perth, which is the venue to host opening One Day International match.

After winning  a practice match against Western Australia a couple of days ago by 64 runs, a few Indian players gained form, which was a good sign before the mega show starts. 67 useful runs came from the bat of Rohit Sharma that included four boundaries and three sixes.

Ajinkya Rahane also played a knock of 41 runs that comprised three boundaries. Manish Pandey showed some batting skills by scoring 58 runs off 59 balls. Ravindra Jadeja’s 26 runs off 25 balls caught the eyeballs too. Despite the fact that playing XI of Western Australia did not do well, same can’t be said when David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, the Australian captain, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Scott Boland, Josh Hazlewood, Joel Paris, Shaun Marsh and Kane Richardson arrive on the crease as they know how to play a perfect cricket to be the winner at the end.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not score considerably in the practice match and this could be a problem for India as the Indian skipper imparted big roles on more than a few occasions to take his team out from troublesome situation. If truth be told then India’s batting unit comprise Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Barinder Sran, Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Rishi Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Gurkeerat Singh Mann. From top-order to tail-ender batsmen, everyone could play a good knock but a big question here is whether confidence will be sky-high when some of the best players of the current time will be in front.

Many experts cite significance of toss. Of course, the team that wins it will have the advantage of going with captain’s decision on the field but there have been several occasions when a squad losing it logged a thrilling victory, beating all odds. Highest total that has been put on this ground is 417 scored by the Aussies against Afghanistan. Lowest total of 70 runs was put by West Indies against the host. Highest chased was 274 by Pakistan versus Australia and lowest defended was 162 by India in opposition to New Zealand. The scoring pattern at the venue gives a clear picture that scoring huge runs is likely if a team is able to start and finish the game on positive note.

Crowd may be good despite Tuesday being a working day. It will be a key thing to watch but home supporters will ensure their presence in attractive numbers to back the Smith-led side. Since a lot of Indians stay in Australia, support for the Men in Blue is going to be enormous as well. Interesting will be to notice how both teams make use of their strength and start the contest with a win. One point is certain that tournament is going to be exciting as the teams being powerhouses.

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