Ahmedabad, March 24: The initial thought that a score of 261 from 50 overs by a side like Australia is a formidable total to chase down. Then one looks at India's batting order and feels confident about the home-side's chances of claiming victory (Gallery) (Scorecard).
But at the back of everyone's mind will the niggling worry of the explosive Aussie pace battery led by come-back man Brett Lee. The man has been averaging 15.83 in this World Cup so far with 12 wickets to his credit.
The idea from India's point of view will be to dominate this battery and dominate from early on. But the Indian openers, regardless of their prowess and ability, should pay due respect to Lee and target a more wayward Tait and Mitchell.
Indians have never been very avid runners between the wickets, but that is one area where they will have to up their game. Especially on a slow wicket, runs may not come as fluently as one would like.
India should look to score briskly at any rate, except by losing wickets. The middle and latter order, is no doubt India's Achilles' Heel in this Cup, so a majority of the runs will have to come from up front. At no point in the innings should the onus to rescue the innings fall on the latter order.