Preview: Will Pujara play in Dharamsala?

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Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2013, 9:14 [IST]
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Dharamsala, Jan 26: Having already sealed the series in Mohali, India will be aiming to continue the winning run in the fifth and final One Day International against England here on Sunday.

HPCA Stadium here will make its international debut with this day game which starts at 9.30 AM. The picturesque ground has come in for huge praise from all quarters and is expected to bring joy to this part of the people on a Super Sunday. BCCI announced on Saturday that match will start half hour late, 9.30 AM instead of 9.

Preview: Will Pujara play in Dharamsala?

After losing the first ODI in Rajkot by 9 runs, India completed a hat-trick of victories. They are looking good to wrap up the series 4-1. India, currently ranked number one in ICC ODI rankings, will stay there even if they lose.

There were doubts over whether this match will take place as there was snowfall here few days back. Now, there are no such fears and match will go ahead. However the weather is expected to be cold at the venue which is located at 4,780 feet above sea level.

India's batting and bowling both have clicked well in the last three games. Only concern in batting department is the form of Gautam Gambhir.

It is high time the team management gives Cheteshwar Pujara his ODI debut. He has not been released to play in the Ranji Trophy final which began on Saturday and it is ideal to include him in the playing XI.

Rohit Sharma will continue to serve as opener after returning to form with a fine 83 in Mohali.

England will be hoping to end the tour with a win. However, they have to really work hard on both batting and bowling to get the better of the home team.

This is the last match for India before they have three weeks break ahead of Australia Test series starting on February 22.


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 9 AM IST


Story first published:  Saturday, January 26, 2013, 12:43 [IST]
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