Sydney, Feb 23 (UNI) With India's chances of reaching the finals of the CB series looking bright, the visitors will look to put up a good performance and could well bring back dashing opener Virender Sehwag to bolster their batting for the match against Australia that begins here tomorrow.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni seemed quite confident as his team came out for their final practice session at the SCG today.
''We are doing well in bits and pieces. If they can be consistent that will be good,'' Dhoni said.
Although, batting is a major concern for both the sides, Dhoni insisted that the problem is not that huge.
''We are pretty much sure about the pattern of the batting order.
One of the good things is that most of our batsmen adapt well at any position, so that really helps.'' Dhoni's performance in the series has been a revelation as he played some uncharacteristic innings including the one he played against Sri Lanka in the last match which did not include a single boundary.
''It's difficult to adapt, but it's important to get runs and play according to the demands of the game,'' he said. ''As long as you can maintain a strike-rate it doesn't matter if you don't hit fours.'' With batting being the need of the hour, the Indian think tank will have to see whether to continue the five-bowler theory which they utilised in their last two games or go with an extra batsman.
''To play five bowlers the batsmen need to be on the top of their form'', Dhoni said.
''With five bowlers you are getting the opposition out early but you are not getting the runs. But at the same time, if you play four bowlers your part-timers might give some runs.'' India would prefer to assure themselves a spot in the finals by winning tomorrow's tie so that Sri Lanka's matches don't decide their fate.
Sehwag looks set to make a return in the series at the expense of all-rounder Praveen Kumar. Australia, too, will bring back speedster Brett Lee after a rest of two games with Mitchell Johnson making way for him into the side.
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