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7.47am GMT

The pitch promises to be flat and hard and full of runs.

The stumps have been hammered in, the pitch has been swept, Rajkot is ready for the second ODI! #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/rCqZrkIM30

List A Games at SCA Stadium, Rajkot

Batting First – Avg Runs per wkt : 50.2, Scoring Rate : 6.2
Batting Second – Avg Runs per wkt : 38.5, Scoring Rate : 5.8#INDvAUS

7.47am GMT

Things are looking good for Australia, very good indeed, as Sam Perry writes in The Guardian Australia’s weekly cricket column.

For the men’s team, the shoots could scarcely be more green: undefeated this summer, a generational No 3 unearthed and an arguably unrivalled bowling attack. It has been 15 years since Australia could lay claim to consistent cricketing dominance, and for the first time since then, they appear to be giving themselves a decent shot at it. Then again, as has been pointed out, the supposed Battle of the Titans could also be understood as a belated World Cup third-place play-off. There’s probably a while to go yet.

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source: theguardian.com

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