ICC World T20 2012: India elect to bat against Australia as Sehwag dropped from team

Virender Sehwag has been left out of the team as India play five bowlers Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Sep 28, 2012

Indian captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in the Super Eights clash of World T20 on Friday at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Opener Virender Sehwag has been left out of the team to make way for the fifth bowler.

The comprehensive victory against England and Harbhajan Singh’s brilliant comeback has will have given confidence to the Indian team ahead of the clash against George Bailey’s men who have looked good in both their group league matches against Ireland and West Indies respectively.

While the England match was won with five bowlers, it was more about testing a different combination as the result had no bearing on the Super Eights classification.

The two key batsmen in the Australian set-up are left-handers David Warner and Mike Hussey. The presence of the duo at the top of the order certainly means that Harbhajan’s inclusion is necessary because of his stupendous record against the left-handers.

Ravichandran Ashwin, who was rested against England, will also make a comeback into the playing eleven. The other certainty in the bowling department is Irfan Pathan, who has been providing the team with breakthroughs regularly.

The batting, however, bears a much more settled look with the good news being that Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma are back among runs.

Teams

India: Gautam Gambhir, Irfan Pathan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan.

Australia: David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Hussey, Cameron White, George Bailey (c), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Matthew Wade (wk), Brad Hogg, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc.

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