It is a do or die match for Indian eves

Published: Tuesday, December 21, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Surat:The visiting Australian women's team, who lead India 3-1 in the seven match One-day International series, will clash with the hosts in the fifth international match at Pithwala stadium here tomorrow.

The home team needs to lift itself by the bootstraps to keep the series alive after being mauled by the Aussie eves by eight wickets in the previous encounter at Vapi last Sunday.

The Indians, after winning at Mumbai to reduce the Australians' lead, were laid low by the all round exploits of Woman of the Match Lisa Keightley at Vapi and need to come up with better plans to stop the Aussie player from repeating her feat on the morrow.

The pitch is expected to help the seam bowlers in the first hour or so before settling down to provide a more equal contest between the bat and the ball.

Both teams are slated to announce their playing eleven tomorrow morning.

The teams (from):

India: Mamatha Maben (capt), Mithali Raj (vc), Anju Jain, Anjum Chopra, Jaya Sharma, Hemalata Kala, Jhulan Goswami, Amita Sharma, Arundhati Kirkire, Varsha Rafeel, Deepa Kilkarni, Neetu David, Nooshin Al Khadeer and Monica Sumra.

Australia: Belinda Clarke (capt), Karen Rolton (vc), Alex Blackwell, Kate Blackwell, Leonie Coleman, Cathryn Fitzpatrick, Julie Hayes, Melanie Jones, Lisa Keightley, Shelley Nitschke, Clea Smith, Lisa Sthalekar and Emma Twining.

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