Teams face off in a virtual semi-final
It is the last group game of the Carlton Mid Tri-series in Australia and both India and England will be vying for a spot in the finals against Australia.
To be fair to England they have been better than India in this tri-series and to come down to this situation where if they lose they don’t go through is unfair to them as they won against India convincingly with a bonus point and ran Australia close in their second game.
They have been in good form in this tri-series which is good news for the England cricket fans so close to the world cup. Last match they were well on track to post a huge total but were hampered by the loss of wickets towards the back end of the innings.
Their bowling has got a new edge with the return of James Anderson and an in form Steve Finn. Also their team balance is apt vis a vis One day international with right combination of all-rounders. They will certainly be the dark horses of this World Cup.
Ian Bell has been phenomenal for England as he has already notched up two hundreds after touching down here(one in last game and one in the warm up) while Eoin Morgan too has been in good form. They will be hoping for James Taylor and Ravi Bopara to be among runs in the matches before world cup.
India on the other hand has had the worst tour they could have before the World Cup with no wins in Australia since they arrived here in November. After losing the test series by a margin of 2-0 they lost the two games of Carlton Mid Tri-series in Australia played against Australia and England . The worse news is they were not even close to winning in these two games. They played well in the first game against Australia but only in patches and the game against England is best forgotten.
India’s problem is not only their bowling but their batting too is looking out of sorts with Dhawan terribly out of form upfront and Kohli not getting the usual big runs and by the time the innings is in good shape for the late burst we don’t have any to accompany Dhoni.
With Jadeja not in the team it does loses some balance also Raydu at number 3 is a debatable move with Kohli doing well at this position and Raydu not able to cope with the swing and bounce he has to face at that position. If this was an experiment before the world cup it has failed and it would be better not to tinker with Kohli’s batting position.
The less said about India’s bowling the better. It has been mindless to say the least it seems there is no thought behind the bowling. They just have not been able to pick up wickets and will strive for some better performances before the world cup. Also this might be last international game for the losing team.
Team News :
England is expected to play with the same side from their previous two encounters against Australia and India.
England (possible) : 1 Ian Bell, 2 Moeen Ali, 3 James Taylor, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Ravi Bopara, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn.
No Rohit for team India, they look to play the same side as it was in Sydney.
India (possible) : 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Ambati Rayudu, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Stuart Binny, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Axar Patel, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Ishant Sharma.
The Pitch :
The match is to be played at Perth and the pitch is expected to be a bouncy one as is the case everytime there is a match at this venue. Last five matches played here have seen score of 154-300-316-266-70. Matches with scores of 300-316-266 was won by teams batting first while in the other matches teams batting second won. However this venue has been biased towards teams batting first.
The Odds :
The odds are shocking with India 1.82 to win the match against England. With the pitch expected to be bouncy England is expected to do well against India. However we will be backing the side batting first in tomorrow’s game given the toss bias at the venue.