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The 1st game of the season, and Team India is all fired up. Some of the players from the team are in good form as the likes of Dhoni, Raina, Rohit and a few others have played in the recently concluded Champions League whereas the others like Yuvraj, B Kumar, and others have played for India A against the West Indies. The fans seem to be rejuvenated too, and they will be backing their team from the word go. 

Some of the Australians too had participated in the Champions League and have gained some good experience of playing in the humid Indian conditions. It will not be easy for them, but as they are starting the series with a t20 in which they have the best chance to win might boost their confidence.

Team News
The Indian team has the perfect balance a good team should have; solid and aggressive openers, the best limited overs middle order in the world and some accurate bowlers too. Beating them would take much more than just luck and a good performance by the opposition. Dhawan, Raina, Rohit and Yuvraj seem to be in really good form and if all 4 of these click then the team could score more than 200 on any sort of track on any given day.

The Australian team seems to be a batsman short, but the likes of Maxwell and Henriques are proven t20 cricketers and if they can fire, they team has a more than decent chance of doing well in this game. On the other hand, their bowling looks more than decent but they dearly lack a quality spinner. Not brining Fawad Ahmed to India might be a bad move but who knows whether Bailey even wants to play a spinner considering they have so many quality pacers in their team.

Probable Teams
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Dhoni (c)(wk), Ravi Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Jaydev Unadkat/Shami Ahmed

X-Factor: The man who was responsible for the glory of April 2nd, Yuvraj Singh is back and this time there is no looking back for him. He looks leaner, slimmer and much fitter than he was 5 months ago, and the selectors have no reason to ignore him now. Dhoni has himself said that Yuvraj is a big match player, and well he has proved that over the years. Now that India have started building their squad for the 2015 World Cup, Yuvraj is man who will bat at no.4 or no.5 and will hold the innings together.

Australia: Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin (wk), Shane Watson, George Bailey (c), Adam Voges, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, Mitchell Johnson

X-Factor: Aaron Finch would be shouldering the responsibility of opening the batting in both the T20’s and the ODI’s. Since Clarke is not here and Australia do not have a strong batting line up, Finch would be feeling the pressure of staying at the crease for a long time and scoring big runs too.  

Expected Result: India Win


 





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