Seniors must stand tall
Look out for Warner to top score as he got a start in Sydney and I don’t see much to hold him back with this Indian attack.
The first Twenty20 in Sydney in front of an enormous crowd was a predictable result for Chris Cairns, and it means India head to Melbourne still searching for something that can inspire them to go against the odds.
T20 is perhaps the only game this Indian team can win at the moment mostly due to how short the match is.
Cricket that is played over time will always allow the stronger proponent to create the advantage, whereas with T20, a little bit of luck here and there can swing a game.
The word momentum is used to describe most things that are successful in sport, but just how can India win a game this summer?
In any team there must be significant contribution, consistently, from senior players.
Then, there can be bursts of class from newer members of the team as they embark on their pathway to cementing their place in the team and then trying to pave out a career.
Warner, Hussey and Hogg all put in the required senior performances. Wade displayed brilliance and Doherty was miserly. Conversely, Sehwag, Gambhir and Kumar did not perform and Dhoni's performance was too little too late.
With this in mind, India should move Dhoni to three and say that the most experienced Indian players must lead the way for this Indian team. Dhoni at six at the moment has a sense of white flag about it, and it is Sehwag, Gambhir and Dhoni who must take the attack to the Australians.
For this second match at the MCG, judging by matches seen there this summer, there will be pace and bounce. Whoever bats first must put 170 plus on the board.
If India are able to do this, they have an outside chance to win. The next step for India will be in containing the first six overs. If they can do this, there is enough Indian experience via spin to choke an Australian run chase.
Overall, however, I see Australia as victors again.
Look out for Warner to top score as he got a start in Sydney and I don't see much to hold him back with this Indian attack.
I see Gambhir setting himself to bat through the innings so he must be a chance for highest score because of the number of balls he will face.
Let's hope for a competitive match in Melbourne -- it would be good to see the Aussies under pressure for once.