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India will lock horns with the defending champion and hosts Australia in the opening match of the tournament on February 21.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events in the Victorian Government, the Hon Martin Pakula MP said this is a win for cricket fans and another boost for the Victorian economy.

Dhawan did not come to bat in the match but India still managed to win the game by seven wickets and consequently, clinched the three-match ODI series by 2-1.

Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Justin Langer, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Shane Watson, Alex Blackwell and Michael Clarke will feature in the match while Steve Waugh and Mel Jones will be involved in a non-playing capacity. The remainder of the players are yet to be announced.

From the Australian side, Steve Smith jumped four places to reach the 23rd position. David Warner improved one spot to claim the sixth position while Aaron Finch broke into the top ten by gaining one spot.

Regular keeper Rishabh Pant had gotten concussion in the first ODI of the series, and as a result, Rahul had to keep wickets in the second and third ODI.

India playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (capt), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

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India playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (capt), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.