Thatscricket- Cricket News - Bruised English colts to face confident Indians on Friday

Published: Thursday, February 1, 2001, 20:45 [IST]
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Hyderabad: A buoyant Indian colts will take on battle-scarred England in the first under-19 One-day International cricket match, which gets underway at the Lal Babahadur Stadium here on Friday.The Indian boys, fresh from a 1-0 win in their just-concluded three-Test series, certainly look more self-assured but coach Roger Binny is wary of their being over-confident.''It will be a keen match on Friday though every member in our team is confident of winning the first encounter. Our top six batsmen should get runs and that will make things easy for us,'' he noted.Binny expressed happiness over opener Gautam Ghambhir and Vinayak Mane being in good nick. ''They should give a solid start so that the rest of the batsmen can chip in for a big score. Winning the toss would not make any difference as this is perfect track.''It is likely that there would be changes in the team that played the Test series. Local lad N Arjun Yadav would be playing his first international game on Friday, the coach said, adding that either Dharmichand or off spinner Amit Mishra could be dropped. England, on the other hand would be regrouping themselves. The young side has clicked in patches and their fielding is much better when compared to the home team. England skipper Ian Bell, opener John Sadler, Nick Peng and Garry Pratt would be the main stay of the their batting while medium-pacers Justin Bishop and Andrew McGarry should bowl their hearts out. Originally the match was to be played in Gujarat but the BCCI was forced to shift all the three One-dayers to Andhra Pradesh. The first and third would be played in Hyderabad while the second would be played at Vijayawada on February 4.The final eleven would be announced from the following, just before the commencement of the match.India: Ajay Ratra (captain), Vinayak Mane, Gautam Gambhir, VidyutSivaramakrishnan, Dharmichand, Nitin Agarwal, Siddarth Trivedi, A Nayudu, Amit Mishra, A Das, Maninder Singh, Manvinder Bisla, N ArjunYadav and A Deshpande.England: Ian Bell (captain) Mark Wallace, Neil Penggilender, Kadeer Ali, Gary Pratt, Monty Panesar, Ian Pattison, John Sadler, Justin Bishop, Chris Tremlett, Gordon Muchall, Andrew McGarry, Mohammad N Malik, Robert S Ferley and Kyle Hogg. UNI

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