India vs England, 2nd ODI: Preview

Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 8:45 [IST]
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India vs England, 2nd ODI: Preview

London, Sep 6: M S Dhoni, would surely be a frustrated man after what has happened in the past few days. An improved show in the first ODI against England, where they had Cook & Co on the mat, there were two big jolts of missing out on the services of Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai duo who were central to team"s plans of avenging the Test series loss, will now be replaced by S Badrinath and Manoj Tiwary.

England on the other hand will be bolstered by the return of Graeme Swann to the playing XI. This will effectively mean that a green horn Indian side will take on a full strength England team. It should thus be no wonder if it is the Indian fans who should be more worried about than their English counterparts.

In such a scenario, the onus for an Indian revival will now squarely rest upon almost every member of the squad. The batting which looked solid in the first match will see a little bit of tinkering around. Manoj Tiwary will in all likelihood replace Rohit Sharma in the middle order.

The bowling may also witness a few changes. Aaron may replace Vinay Kumar. Even Amit Mishra could get a look in ahead of the Karnataka seamer, which would obviously be decided by the pitch on offer.

England will also be having problems of their own as they sweat out on their opening combination. Kieswetter has failed to live upto his reputation in the ODIs. But he may get a long rope to prove his worth. The bowling will probably see Samit Patel making way for Swann unless they decide to go with two off-spinners.

At the moment, England look favourites over the young Indian team, but given the way Dhoni"s boys played in the 1st ODI, it should be no surprise if England finish on the losing side.

India (possible):  Ajinkya Rahane,  Parthiv Patel, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Amit Mishra, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Varun Aaron

England (possible): Craig Kieswetter (wk), Alastair Cook (capt), Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jade Dernbach

OneIndia Cricket

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