Brisbane: The champions lead. The challengers are suddenly stuttering and the team that many considered as the dark horse of the ongoing tri-nation series, have suddenly turned their fortunes. So as India get set to face Australia here on Sunday, the fact that there is just a point between the two teams, promises that an all-out battle is at hand.
This tri-series has suddenly become interesting. Sri Lanka's bonus-point win over Australia in Sydney on Friday means that at the halfway stage of the tournament, only three points separate the three teams. Australia now find themselves without their regular captain and needing a victory to regain top spot on the Commonwealth Bank Series table. Their loss to Sri Lanka was comprehensive, and the batsmen need to lift after they slipped to 8 for 104 on Friday. David Warner is yet to fire in this series and a big innings from him would be a major boost for the team, while Ricky Ponting has also been disappointing, and too much has been asked of David Hussey in the lower middle order. In the field they have been sloppy, in Ponting's own words, and they need to sharpen up in the second half of the series.