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India, Australia go head on in Vishakapatnam

Published: Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 11:48 [IST]
 
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India, Aus go head on in Vishakapatnam

India and Australia will go head on in the 2nd ODI at Andhra Pradesh's scenic Vishakapatnam in District Cricket Association Stadium at 2:30 pm (09:00 GMT) on Wednesday, Oct 20.

The match is expected to be a close one as there is absolutely no chance for errors for the contending teams. While India would aim at continuing the glory won in the recently concluded test series against the same rival time, Aussies, on the other hand, would be aiming to overturn the loss.

Both teams have decided to rest some of the key players with the eye on the 2011 World Cup.

Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, and Ishant Sharma will be missing in action for India. Shouldering their absence would be youngsters like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Murali Vijay, and R Ashwin.

Australian team is also without several key players. Some of the Aussie youngsters to watch would be David Warner, Callum Ferguson, and Steven Smith.

Cricket-starved Vishkapatnam ready for action

For the cricket-starved people of Vishakapatnam, the match comes as a blessing after the first ODI was washed off by rain in Kochi.

This is the first match to be held in Vishakapatnam after three years.

Tickets were sold out in half hour.

Reports suggest that it would be a run-filled pitch. So the spectators can expect a spectacular batting and run fiesta.

Weather forecasts show remote thunderstorms.

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