After Friday morning’s dramatic T20I, Australia’s tour of India moves to the ODI format of the game with the two teams clashing in the first match tonight. We’ll have live scores from 7.00pm AEDT.
The T20I saw Australia put up 201, only to see India benefit from the dew and flat track and coast to a six-wicket win.
There was one other thing not too many saw coming, a Yuvraj Singh comeback and in style.
Interestingly, Australian captain George Bailey had warned before the start of the game that Yuvraj did love playing against them. The left-hander lived up to Bailey’s prophecy and carved out a mouth-watering 35-ball 77.
It put to shade a similar effort from Aaron Finch who blasted off a 52-ball 89 that had earlier propelled Australia to 201.
In fact at one stage, Australia looked good to get to more than 220 but lost a few wickets in a heap.
Things may not be that easy for the batsmen in Pune, which is hosting its first ODI at this venue.
During the IPL, the track was quite slow and batting on most occasions used to be a tough exercise at this stadium.
If that remains the case, India will not want to make any changes to their side unless affected by injury.
In R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja they have two decent spinners – albeit out of form – to test out the Aussie batsmen.
Mitchell Johnson was held back from the Australian team for the T20I and he could be in line to make it back to the side.
With Clint McKay most certain to take his place in the side, it would be one of James Faulkner or Nathan Coulter-Nile who will lose their spot if Johnson makes a comeback.
Australia’s batting has the necessary depth, a fact acknowledged by Dhoni during his pre-match conference.
There will be one change to the order with Nic Maddinson expected to be dropped and Phil Hughes to take up his spot. The other option Australia have is to bring in Callum Ferguson.
India, who have now won eight ODIs in a row and defeated Australia the last time the two sides met – in the 2011 World Cup – have their own bowling worries.
Ishant Sharma is the most experienced of the quick bowlers and he will lead a bowling attack consisting of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and one the other option from the bench.
The Indian batting line-up won’t change for this game.
Follow the live score of this T20I between India and Australia from 7.00pm AEST.