Teams look for their first win
India vs England 2015 Tri-Series
It is the match between the teams who lost their respective first games against Australia. While England was thrashed in every department and apart from Eoin Morgan everyone failed to impress be it bowling, batting or fielding. They need to improve tremendously if they need to be anywhere close to winning.
In the 7-match series against Sri Lanka, which England lost by 5-2, they actually had some good performances in patches with Moeen Ali, Joe Root and James Taylor performing well above expectation but was not enough to stave off the 5-2 defeat. Also they found an allrounder in Moeen Ali and England will expect more from the wristy opener.
Good news for England is that their captain Eoin Morgan was among runs in the first game and will be indispensible to the England plans as he can be an attacking as well as innings builder batsman as we saw in their first game against Australia.
India on the other hand was better among the two teams who faced Australia as they once had them at the backfoot while they were batting and cruising along when Raina and Rohit were mauling the bowling but could not finish the innings off with a decent flourish.
Apparently batting is not a problem for the Asian giant as we saw in the opening game but bowling certainly needs a bit of work as the bowlers bowled short and wide outside off stump taking no cue from the recently concluded Test series. Apart from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Axar Patel no one was able to stranglehold the batsman as they gave away runs on all sides of the wicket.
Apart from bowling the lower order batting seems a problem for the Indians with Ravindra Jadeja unfit and Axar Patel still fledgling at this level. It all comes down to Dhoni in this case to impart momentum at the end which is a difficult job and hence consistency can be low. As was witnessed in their first game once Dhoni was out it was difficult for the team to score even run a ball in the last few overs. India needs to rectify this as soon as possible.
Team News :
James Anderson is set to return in place of Steven Finn after sitting out England’s opener against Australia, while the tourists are set to retain faith in the batting order chosen for the SCG despite an awful start against Starc.
England (possible) 1 Ian Bell, 2 Moeen Ali, 3 James Taylor, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Chris Jordan, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson
India may keep an unchanged side, given the fact that neither Ishant Sharma nor Jadeja are fully fit and Axar bowled tightly to Australia’s middle order.
India (possible) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 R Ashwin, 8 Axar Patel, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Umesh Yadav
The Pitch and Conditions :
The game is to be played at Gabba, Brisbane and there is a bad news on the conditions front as there is an 80 percent chances of rain around the start time and it is not slated to improve as the day progresses. So it is expected to be a shortened game.
The pitch here is expected to be bouncy as always. The last five matches played here saw scores of 300-74-321-289-288. The first two matches with scores of 300 and 74 were won by the teams batting second and the last three were won by the teams batting first.
India has played fourteen matches at this ground out of which 2 were no results and India won just four of the twelve completed matches here.
On the other hand England has played 15 games at this ground and have won seven games out of the 15 played. This will be the first encounter between these two teams at this ground if the weather permits.
The Odds :
India is 1.63 to win the match against England. Given the weak bowling India has it is recommended to lay India if England bats first and stay with England till the end of the game. However if India bats first wait for the market to drop India’s prices below 1.30 and then back England.