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England vs India: Curtains Down as Final ODI Sets Dhoni High Again – Match Preview

India will play England for the final ODI on 5th September, Friday.  Since the series of England vs India already gone, India has excelled with 3-0 in 50-over ODIs and now ponders the next win to deny the host second ODI win. The fifth and final one-day international (ODI) will see India look at new faces Sanju Samson and Karn Sharma to reminsce the days of win recorded in 2002 against England in a tri-series play, with the third team from Sri Lanka.

Of all the five ODIs, India lost the first game but regained in the next three matches winning the ODI series as skipper MS Dhoni hates to end this series on a loosing note. MS Dhoni became India’s most successful captain in 91 ODIs, overtaking the record set by Mohammad Azharuddin at 90, both set in England tours.

England haven’t really put up their best in ODIs, though the host nation for 2015 ODI World Cup needs to regain skill sets to deal short-span run chase. Its captain Alastair Cook declines to put the blame on selection or strategy failure at this stage, but his team has to overcome the run-chase nuances related to ODI matches.

England’s middle order is poor with Ian Bell unavailable in the final match due to an injury , though Gary Ballance has done well in Test matches and not in ODIs. Their top-order has not scored enough runs quickly in the first 20 overs and lost many wickets. They had lost 8 wickets in 14 overs in Cardiff, 5 wickets in Nottingham and 5 wickets in Birmingham.

In effect, this has meant easy-going for the Indian bowlers.
England’s bowlers too have been left handicapped with the batsmen’s inability to score big. James Anderson has hardly replicated his stunning form in the Tests, while the likes of Chris Woakes and Steven Finn have hardly proved to be a bother for India’s batsmen. Moeen Ali too proved to ineffective with the ball, although he did his bit with the bat, and England will hope one of their bowlers have a storming outing and end the series on a winning note.

India’s opening batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan may be retained in the final match if MS Dhoni wants Rohit Sharma at number four, to strengthen the middle order. Rahane has moved up and Ambati Rayudu has done well in the limited overs and Sanju Samson may go for runs once again.

Sachin Tendulkar wishing the team, “It is a versatile ODI team. There is depth in batting and variety in bowling. And the fielding has been brilliant,” the team should perform better today again.



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