Australia's tour of India is going to be much more exciting than expected with the Twenty20 match played on Thursday throwing light on the upcoming ODI matches.
The visitors put up a mammoth total of 201 in the only T20 game played ahead of the ODI series but India chased it down with Yuvraj Singh making the contest easy, hitting 77 of just 35 balls. It was a different format all together but it did give a hint that the series is going to be a competitive one.
A total of seven ODIs will be played starting on Sunday. All matches will be played at different venues - Pune, Jaipur, Mohali, Ranchi, Cuttack, Nagpur and Bangalore.
India will play without some of their senior players like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh while even some of the talented juniors, such as Dinesh Karthik, Murali Vijay, Irfan Pathan and Umesh Yadav could not find place in the squad.
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni form India's batting line-up.
Australia will rely heavily on players like Callum Ferguson, Moises Henriques and Aaron Finch with some of their experienced players David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Clarke and Mitchell Starc not being selected for the tour.
India: MS Dhoni (captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Shami Ahmed, Jaydev Unadkat, Ravichandran Ashwin, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ambati Rayudu
Australia: George Bailey (captain), Adam Voges, Shane Watson, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint McKay
India-Australia series 2013 schedule and match results :
|Sun, 13 Oct||1:30 pm||1st ODI||India vs Australia||Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune||Australia won by 72 runs
|Wed, 16 Oct||1:30 pm||2nd ODI||India vs Australia||Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur||India won by 9 wickets
|Sat, 19 Oct||1:30 pm||3rd ODI||India vs Australia||Punjab C.A. Stadium, Mohali||Australia won by 4 wickets
|Wed, 23 Oct||1:30 pm||4th ODI||India vs Australia||JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi||(Match Preview)
Match abandoned due to rain
|Sat, 26 Oct||1:30 pm||5th ODI||India vs Australia||Barabati Stadium, Cuttack||Match abandoned due to rain|
|Wed, 30 Oct||1:30 pm||6th ODI||India vs Australia||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur||India won by 6 wickets
|Sat, 02 Nov||1:30 pm||7th ODI||India vs Australia||M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore||India won by 57 runs