India Slight Gain Pace post Slow Start in Decisive Perth ODI against England

January 30 10:28 2015

ODI ambatiNew Delhi, Friday, January 30 – As anticipated earlier, England and India prepared themselves for a knockout at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth, on Friday, January 30. Whoever wins at this point will book a berth into the grand finale, which is to take place after a couple of days. Australia are already through to the finals thanks to their series of victories against the rest two squads.

In the first face-off, England thrashed India by 9 wickets when the Men in Blue failed to read mood of the pitch and brilliant bowling attack of the opponents. This is the reason why confidence of England is a tad above the Indians. And this is natural! When a team inflicts a humiliating defeat on the other, morale automatically goes up and confidence gets a much needed boost. Story seemed somewhere similar today when England skipper won the toss and elected to bowl against India.

Pressure to stay in the match is visible clearly on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s playing XI as they have accumulated 80 runs in 20 overs. Despite the fact that all 10 wickets remain in hand but defeats and poor show has made them play safe. The opener Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan are batting at the scores of 27 and 20 runs, respectively. Six boundaries have been struck by the opening pair so far. Strike rate of the first one is far better than the other but anything is possible in cricket, being an unpredictable sport. Dhawan surely needs to score here and help his team contest in opposition to the host in the last match of Tri-series. It has been more than a few months that the 29-year-old Delhi born boy is striving to build a reputation as a batsman who can hit biggies and fours, putting stress on the opposition.

Since Rohit Sharma, who was in good form, is injured, the team management decided not to take any risk as the countdown has begun for the World Cup 2015. Nothing could be a better opportunity for Ambati Rayudu to get his placed fixed in the Indian team. Despite the fact that he tried to do his bit to a certain extent by confidently striking shots but still the young chap has a long way to go and this would only be possible if half-centuries and tons are pocketed.

Virat Kohli has got the potential to win hearts through a terrific inning, however, he also needs to stand out in the crucial matches. Viewers probably do not remember any big knock from Suresh Raina in the recent past. Easily succumbing attitude to the bowlers was something not expected from him. Though he scores but he certainly needs to hold the fort and show youngsters how to answer good deliveries in the early or final overs.

Dhoni who became a household name for his immaculate play and helicopter shots need to get his confidence back. He is the man who can make his team win the match even when humongous target is to be achieved in few balls. Eyes are struck how he performs in today’s contest.  Expectations are up from Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma, who replaces Ishant Sharma. Efforts are to be made at this stage if Indian camp wants to pressurize England with an unattainable target.

James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Moeen Ali have the ability to let opponents collapse through amazing bowling and play stable innings. Top order batsman are also there to exhibit impressive show.  In the grand finale that’s slated to entertain cricket fans on Sunday, February 1, one of these two teams is going to make its ways for sure. It is interesting to notice how far the squad goes post a slow start against England. Whatever happens next one point is clear that the team which has the players to play as a unit is gonna log triumph. Australia are also curious to see who wins and geared up for the final show. Prayers are on as Indian supporters want their team to be on the winning side and board the flight for cricket carnival with a fresh mind.