Brisbane, Feb 18: India is all set to face the hosts in the tri series ODI to be played at Brisbane on Sunday. With two losses in the series, Australia look to regain their winning formula as India are keen to maintain their good run as statistics favour them as they have won both their previous matches at the venue.
India, heading the table with 10 points having registered two wins, look forward to keep up the momentum, to keep the Aussies at bay, as they have secured 9 points off 4 matches with 2 wins. India got that extra point as the match against Sri Lanka was tied.
Now, with the two teams differing by just a point, the tournament is wide open, as all the teams get to play 4 more matches before playing the finals, which means all the teams can fancy their chances in the remaining matches to qualify for the finals.
With these details, looks like the venue too might play a vital role, as Sydney proved lucky for the Sri Lankans as they registered their 6th win off 8 matches played at the venue. Similarly, Team India enjoys a very good run here at Brisbane, as they have registered victories in both the matches played here.
Last time when India played here in 2008, Dhoni's men won by 9 wickets. Praveen Kumar's magical spell of 4/46 created havoc, as India went on to win the match, and was awarded the man of the match for the same.
Rewinding a few more years, say 8 years to be precise, when Ganguly's men carved another victory at the venue. VVS Laxman's heroic 103* helped India register a slender 19-run victory against Australia in 2004.
Interestingly, 20 years ago, Australia won an ODI against India as Dean Jones scored 90 to help the hosts win by a run.
Now, with statistics favouring India, Dhoni's men look forward to put up a good show and take advantage of Aussies' weakness as their skipper Clarke has been ruled out for Sunday's clash and enjoy their good run being at the top of the table.