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Rivals square off on neutral territory

Rivals square off on neutral territory

Gary Kirsten thinks he's given his Indian lineup enough time to readjust to limited-overs cricket after the Twenty20 league and is promising a much more difficult assignment for Pakistan than its tri-series opening match against Bangladesh.
"India and Pakistan matches are always electrifying. But our players are totally motivated, and the intensity is there to continue the good form in one-day cricket," Kirsten said Monday, on the eve of the limited-overs Dhaka match.
India has form in the one-day cricket arena, having beaten top-ranked Australia on its last tour.
Kirsten said the squad was familiar with the playing conditions in the Bangladesh capital, and "were fit and firing to play the match."
Kirsten, a former South Africa test batsman, has focussed on getting the India squad back to thinking about batting and bowling for 50 overs after the IPL.
"They have a different game plan and design. So, it will not be a big problem to adjust from Twenty20 cricket," Kirsten said.
A 15-member Indian squad led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni arrived in Dhaka on Sunday, when Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 70 runs in a rain-shortened match to open the tri-nation series, and will play back-to-back matches on Tuesday and Thursday. The series final is scheduled for Saturday.
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Indian team (from):
M.S. Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Virendra Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uttappa, Suresh Raina, Manpreet Gony, Yusuf Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Pravin Kumar, R.P. Singh, Piyush Chawla and Pragyan Ojha.