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India is better team than Sri Lanka in this series but not when compared with Australia. India just won one game against Australia in CB series i.e. 4th Match at Melbourne played on Feb 10, 2008 by 5 wickets. This makes Australia the defacto favorites in the 1st final game that will be played on March 2′ 2008 at Sydney. Australia has its own share of batting form problems and only in last match Ponting made a revengeful century probably after he was sold for embrassing $400K in IPL. All other batsman including Gilchrist and Symmonds are out of form and not contributing to the scoreboard. Aussies bowling attack has been marvelous which saved them from all the matches in CB series.
India on the other hand is totally unpredictable both on batting and bowling. Ishanth Sharma was the only consistent bowler who fared well against both Aussies and Sri Lankans in the series. No wonder he was sold double the price of Ponting in IPL. Tendulkar regained his aggressive batting in last match with Sri Lanka. Gambhir is for batting as Ishant is for bowling. He already got couple of centuries in this series and he applies himself to the game with dedication which is missing from the rest of the players. Rohit sharma and Uthappa has to prove themselves to be on Indian squad in upcoming two finals.
If India can bowl well and at least two or three batsman makes some what average score then 1st final winner will be India.
Match Start Times :
US central time – March 1, 2008 at 9:15 PM
UK – March 2, 2008 at 3:15 AM
India – March 2, 2008 at 8:30 AM
Watching Online or Live Streaming Sites :
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