Australia win toss; ask India to bowl at SCG

A defeat for Australia would lift India on equal points with a shoot-out situation between the two sides — win the final league match or perish Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Feb 26, 2012

Australian captain Shane Watson has won the toss and elected to bat/bowl first in the tenth One-Day International (ODI) against India at SCG.

A defeat for India would leave them just a solitary match against Sri Lanka and a must-win with a bonus point situation to harbour hopes of a berth in the final. In such a scenario, the net run rate will come into play as both teams will be tied on 15 points (assuming that Sri Lanka lose their last match against Australia).

A defeat for Australia would lift India on equal points with a shoot-out situation between the two sides — win the final league match or perish.

Interestingly, Sri Lanka — top of the charts — could also find a spot in the final slip out of their grasp if any one of Australia and India win both their remaining matches while the third team win at least one.

The final three league matches of the agonisingly close the series are between India and Australia tomorrow; India and Sri Lanka on February 28 and finally an Australia-Sri Lanka tie on March 2.

Presently, India have 10 points to Australia’s 14 and Sri Lanka’s 15 on the charts. Among the three, India’s situation is most dire as they appear the lightest in the competition.

Teams:

India: Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

Australia: David Warner, Shane Watson (c), Peter Forrest, Matthew Wade (wk), Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Daniel Christian, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus.

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