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India hold hopes of squaring series

India will hope to carry on their momentum when they go into the fifth one-dayer at Vadodara on Thursday.

cricket Updated: Oct 10, 2007 21:39 IST

Having managed to halt the Australian juggernaut in its tracks at Chandigarh, India will seek to carry the momentum when they go into the fifth cricket one-dayer at Vadodara on Thursday, hoping to level the seven-match series.

The eight-run victory over Ricky Ponting's men and the semi-final win over the Aussies in the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa last month clearly indicated that when put under severe pressure, even a champion team can feel the heat and fumble.

This is exactly the kind of situation that captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team would be aiming to put the visitors in again when the two clash in another high-voltage tie in front of a capacity 20,000-crowd at the Reliance Stadium at Vadodara.

If India manage to turn the tables here again, they would have beaten Australia in two successive games for the first time in six years.

But to achieve that, they need to show the sort of aggression they displayed in South Africa and in the fourth ODI two days ago.

A pointer to how rattled the Australian captain was when Dhoni and Robin Uthappa took the attack to the visitors is the fact that the visitors' best bowler on view - speedster Brett Lee - did not complete his quota of overs despite having given away very few runs in his first spell.

The match will assume importance for Sachin Tendulkar as it will mark his 400th appearance in one-dayers and the star batsman will be keen to make it memorable.