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India will want to get in as much batting and bowling practice as possible in the warm-up gamesIANS

India might not have had the greatest of times in Australia so far, but you feel once they get to the ICC World Cup 2015, those chinks would have come out all ironed and ready to shine.

Having lost out on a key practice game by failing to reach the tri-series final, India will be keen to make the most of their two warm-up games before the World Cup, starting with the one against hosts Australia in Adelaide on Sunday.

India also play Afghanistan on Tuesday, at the same venue, and while both matches will be equally important in terms of preparation, the Men in Blue will be keen to gather some momentum ahead of the World Cup after a poor showing in the tri-series against Australia and England.

The main issue for India, going into this World Cup, lies in the bowling, with the likes of Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja still under an injury cloud.

Most of them are expected to make it for the World Cup, with the fitness test on Saturday, but if one of the fast bowlers, in particular, fails to make it in time, then Mohit Sharma has been lined up as a replacement.

MS Dhoni will hope to have a settled and fit bowling lineup for the World Cup, but concerns also remain over the team's batting. The batsmen failed rather miserably in the three tri-series matches, and without their willow-wielders firing on all guns, India will not be able to defend their World Cup title.

Shikhar Dhawan remains a major concern in the opening slot, and the sooner the left-hander can find some serious form, the better. Virat Kohli, India's best batsman, did not have the greatest of times in the tri-series either, unable to carry on his tremendous form from the Test matches, but class should eventually tell as the World Cup moves on.

Dhoni has stated he is still not sure about India's final XI makeup – whether to go with six pure batsmen or five bowlers, and these two warm-up games will hopefully give him a better idea.

For Australia, there really is nothing much to worry about in terms of form, after they ran through England to clinch the tri-series title with ease.

Their bowling and batting look formidable, even if they were given a jolt by the news of James Faulkner's injury, with the all-rounder now set to miss Australia's World Cup opener against England on 14 February.

Michael Clarke, of course, will also not be available for the warm-up games and the first official match, but it does look like he will be able to prove his fitness by Australia's second WC encounter against Bangladesh, after successfully playing out a practice game against a Bangladesh XI on Thursday.

Results don't matter in these warm-up games, and India will be desperate for their batsmen to spend plenty of time out in the middle.

Where to Watch Live

The match is scheduled for a 2 pm local time (9 am IST, 3.30 am GMT, 10.30 pm ET) start with live coverage on TV in India on Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD 1, Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD 3 (Both Hindi). Viewers can also watch the match via live streaming online on

Catch the game in Australia on Channel Nine and Fox Sports, while viewers can also live stream the game on Cricket Australia Live. Audience in the USA can watch the warm-up game live on ESPN or Watch ESPN.

UK audience can do the same on Sky Sports 2 (now Sky Sports World Cup) or live stream via Sky Go.

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