India and Australia will do battle over the next three weeks in seven one-day internationals.
Indian cricket is still reeling after the announcement that Sachin Tendulkar will retire after his 200th test match, but they will have focus on proceedings here as an Australian series win could see them leapfrog India as the world's top one-day side.
They need to win by five clear ODI's to achieve that feat.
India sent out an early warning shot, coming out on top in a tight T20 contest on Thursday.
Yuvraj Singh starred for the hosts, steering them to victory with a magnificent knock of 77 not out from just 35 balls. A haul that included eight fours and five sixes was key in India triumphing by six wickets with just a couple of balls left to bowl.
The Aussie batsmen looked in fine fettle too, ahead of a series which looks as though it will be rife with power play. Star man Shane Watson failed to fire, but opener Aaron Finch showcased his power with a marvelous knock of 89 from 52 deliveries.
It can be difficult to take indicators from T20 games ahead of 50 over contests, but Yuvraj's form will certainly be a worry for the Australians. He is a destructive batsman in this form of the game and is capable of taking the game away from the opposition in just a smattering of overs.
Who will win the series?
It's certainly an ominous sign for Australia and they will be looking to their own senior players to make a similarly big impact over the course of the series, most notably Shane Watson.
Fellow Aussie batsman Adam Voges has spoken of the significant role Watson will play for this team, particularly when travelling to the subcontinent, per Cricinfo:
Shane is a senior player along with Brad Haddin and these guys bring a wealth of experience, particularly here in India. He has played a lot of cricket here and any tips that he can give to any of our guys, I am sure we all will be listening.
Watson made 143 in his last ODI appearance and will be desperate to lead by example again here.
Below is your full schedule of games for the upcoming tour, with the action kicking off today at Pune. Enjoy the series!
|13 October||Sabrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune||8 a.m.|
|16 October||Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur||8 a.m.|
|19 October||Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali Chandi||8 a.m.|
|23 October||JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi||8 a.m.|
|26 October||Barbati Stadium, Cuttack||8 a.m.|
|30 October||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur||8 a.m.|
|2 November||M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore||8 a.m.|