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Sehwag's fitness, bowling combination concerns for India
Colombo, September 25, 2012
First Published: 14:56 IST(25/9/2012)
Last Updated: 14:59 IST(25/9/2012)
Afghanistan teammates celebrate the wicket of Virender Sehwag, right, during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match in Colombo, Sri Lanka. AP/Eranga Jayawardena

Senior opener Virender Sehwag's finger injury along with a suitable bowling combination are two major concerns for India ahead of their opening Super Eight Game against Australia in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 in Colombo on Tuesday.

The swashbuckling opener, who was hit on the knuckles while batting in the nets prior to England game, didn't bat during the three-hour net session on Tuesday.

Although the extent of the injury is not known but Irfan Pathan padding up before everyone does raise doubts about Sehwag's availability.

According to sources in the team, the senior batsman is fine and was only rested so that it doesn't aggravate his injury before the Australia game.

The other worrying factor is the bowling combination that will be deployed against the mighty Aussies.

The five-bowler theory worked wonders for India during their 90-run victory over England but Dhoni, with his fetish for playing seven batsmen, might as well revert back to his tried, tested and much-debated formula.

Harbhajan Singh's brilliant performance against England has helped him seal his spot in the playing XI for India's opening Super Eight fixture against Australia on September 28.

The Turbanator's presence has always intimidated Australians and it is unlikely that he will be left out against a batting line-up that has top quality left-handers like David Warner, Mike Hussey.

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t20 fixtures

Match Date Time Teams
1st 19/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST AUS vs IRE
2nd 19/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs IND
3rd 20/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST SA vs ZIM
4th 21/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST NZ vs BAN
5th 21/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs ENG

t20 standings

Chennai Super Kings 4 2 2 0 0 -0.049 8
Sri Lanka 3 3 0 0 0 +0.998 6
Kolkata Knight Riders 4 1 2 0 1 +0.488 6
Perth Scorchers 4 1 2 0 1 -0.474 6
Auckland Aces 4 1 2 0 1 -0.963 6
Australia 3 2 1 0 0 +0.464 4
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