Australian captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and decided to bat against India in the much-anticipated first final of the triangular one-day cricket series here Sunday.
India sprung a surprise when it named leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for his first match of the series at the expense of pace bowler Munaf Patel.
Australia recalled opener Mathew Hayden after he was rested from Friday's loss to Sri Lanka, dropping Brad Haddin.
The unlucky Stuart Clark missed out again for the home side.
There was plenty said by the teams prior to the best-of-three finals series, with another war of words erupting after their last match at the same venue last Sunday.
Teenage paceman Ishant Sharma was fined for a verbal exchange with Andrew Symonds during that match and India lodged an official complaint about provocative behaviour by the Australians.
Hayden then called Harbhajan Singh an "obnoxious weed", while the Indian spinner responded by saying the opener was one of the least liked players in world cricket.
Australia - Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Mike Hussey, Brad Hogg, James Hopes, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Bracken.
India - Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma.
Umpires: Daryl Harper (AUS), Rudi Koertzen (RSA)
TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)