Mohali, Jan 22: On current form, India should complete a hat-trick of victories over England and clinch the One Day International series here on Wednesday night. The hosts have to win to retain their number one ODI ranking.
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India, under fire in the recent past for indifferent showings against Pakistan, have bounced back brilliantly with back-to-back wins in Kochi and Ranchi. The manner in which they won augurs well for tomorrow's game.
In both second and third ODIs, India demolished England batting and cantered home. India will be in a confident mood at the PCA Stadium in Mohali and will be hoping to continue the winning run in the fourth ODI and take an unbeatable 3-1 lead.
Ravindra Jadeja has been in top form both with his batting and bowling. He came in for high praise from captain MS Dhoni. The skipper said India had found a "perfect" bowling all-rounder in Jadeja.
In Ranchi, Virat Kohli also came back to form with a fluent unbeaten half century. This is good sign for the team.
Despite twin victories, there are concerns for India over opening combination. Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane started well in the opening ODI in Rajkot but struggled in subsequent matches. With Cheteshwar Pujara waiting for his debut, Rahane or Gambhir might make way for him.
Indian bowling, in spite of inexperience, has come good in last two games. The addition of newcomers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed has done wonders. Ishant Sharma found his rhythm back in the last match.
In all, India are looking in better shape to hand another series defeat to the visitors.
For England, their main worry is batting. Two successive failures form their batsmen is hurting. With a big player like Kevin Pietersen too not producing the runs, it is an uphill task.
If England's batting succeeds, just like it did in Rajkot, the contest will be more balanced. In two ODIs, England batting crumbled to be bowled out under 200.
With PCA Stadium pitch likely to be bouncier than other Indian tracks, England bowlers and batsmen might enjoy the conditions. But still India will be favourites to seal the series here.
India: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Shami Ahmed, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara Amit Mishra and Ashok Dinda.
England: Alastair Cook (captain), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter (wicketkeeper), Samit Patel, Chris Woakes, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Stuart Meaker.
Umpires: Steve Davis (Australia) and Sudhir Asnani
Third umpire: C Shamsuddin
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Match starts at 12 noon IST