The tour of India should be well behind them now and with a change in locale and format, Australia should enter their second warm-up game in the 2013 Champions Trophy against India with a lot more confidence. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 7.30pm AEST.
We’ll have live scores and commentary of this warm-up game from the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff starting at 7.30 pm AEDT.
This will be the second and last warm-up game for both teams, before action moves to the 2013 Champions Trophy where Australia and India are placed in different groups.
And while this warm-up game, much like most others before the tournament have no official ODI status, it will be a vital one for both teams as they look to experiment with their line-up one last time.
Both teams enter the game with a win each. It was derived in similar circumstances; India and Australia batted second and were up against tough targets before they lost a few early wickets. A big 100 followed and the match was won easily in the end.
Shane Watson grabbed Australia’s chase against the West Indies by the scruff of its neck, scoring a 98-ball 135.
This was after Mitchell Starc had recovered well from his ankle injury to grab a four-wicket.
There were ducks for Dave Warner and Phil Hughes, both of who are returning from India where the pitches – whether in the middle or in practice – were quite different from the ones in England.
Captain Michael Clarke did not bat in Australia’s chase despite the loss of six wickets and he might bring himself up the order for this one.
India’s bowling in their opening warm-up game went on expected lines. The quicks went for aplenty and the spinners lacked the edge they have back home, in turn allowing Sri Lanka to score a massive 333 in their 50 overs.
It was Virat Kohli’s 144 and an unbeaten century from Dinesh Karthik that saved India the blushes.
Their 186-run stand for the fifth wicket came only 23.2 overs and by the time Kohli was dismissed the match was all but over.
Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and Rohit Sharma will like to spend little more time at the crease, while captain Dhoni could promote himself up the order too to allow himself some more deliveries to face.
My sense is that Australia will look to go after the Indian bowling from the word go to put them under a lot of pressure. Of course a lot could depend on the conditions, which for now has been forecast as clear.
But a bit of cloud cover above, a little more green tinge below and suddenly batting could become quite onerous.
Live coverage of the game begins from 7.30pm AEST on Tuesday and you can add your opinion in the comments section below.