For once, India wants Australia to win

Updated: 02 March 2012 14:08 IST

Australia need 239 runs to beat Sri Lanka in the last league match of the CB Tri-Series and every Indian who has so far been gritting his teeth over yet another Aussie win is cheering for that squad today. Because Australia needs to play a winning game to help India make it to the final.

New Delhi:

Australia need 239 runs to beat Sri Lanka in the last league match of the CB Tri-Series and every Indian who has so far been gritting his teeth over yet another Aussie win is cheering for that squad today. Because Australia needs to play a winning game to help India make it to the finals.

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The Indian team has put practice on hold till the result of the Australia-Lanka match is out. Indian skipper MS Dhoni had said after the miraculous 321-run chase in under 40 overs against Sri Lanka that with their hopes of advancing to the finals of the tri-series hanging on the result of Australia-Sri Lanka match, they would take some time off.

"We are going on a couple of days of shopping, and some practice at the same time. It's not in our hands now," he said.

The Sri Lankans are on top of their game and even a tie can see them through to the finals and India packing their bags. Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardena made a very strong statement yesterday when asked about his chances. "Going in to the last game it's in our control, what we need to do. It's a good position for us to be, rather than depending on someone else to do some favours for us," Jayawardena had said.

Topics : Cricket India Sri Lanka Rohit Sharma Robin Uthappa Tim Ambrose Australia George Bailey Virender Sehwag MS Dhoni Harbhajan Singh Matthew Hayden Michael Clarke Brett Lee Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane India in Australia, 2011-12
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