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India in search for turnaround win against England

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Published: Sunday, September 11, 2011, 8:58 [IST]
 
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India continue search for turnaround win

London, Sep 10: Trailing 0-2, it will take nothing short of a miracle for a depleted and humiliated India to turn things around and stay afloat when they take on a rampaging England in the fourth one-dayer of a five-match series at the Lord''s here on Sunday, 11 Aug.

Handed a three-wicket defeat in the third ODI, India cannot win the series from here on but they can certainly draw level by winning the last two games.

However, that looks easier said than done given how dominant the English have been on the injury-ravaged visitors.

But Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni finally believes his side has the balance to take on England with the induction of just one man -- all-rounder Ravinder Jadeja.

The spunky young cricketer excelled with both the bat and ball in the third one-day international to be named man of the match within a day of his joining the team.

Jadeja, flown in as one of the two replacements for the injured Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma, made an immediate impression by scoring 78 and picking up two wickets when England batted.

He gave proof of his maturing talent as he didn''t have the best of platform while batting or bowling. India were 58 for 5 when he walked in to bat.

Later when he came on to bowl, England were already 60 runs up from the first 10 overs. On both occasions, he delivered in style.

Dhoni believes that the worry of the fifth bowler is over for him with Jadeja''s induction.

It allows him to plug in with part-timers, such as Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, in case one of the five regular bowlers is not on top of his form or when the conditions are not suiting a certain kind of bowling.

PTI

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