About the Match
Taking a 2-0 lead against England, India is looking comfortably placed in the 5-match ODI series to take the title; the upcoming 4th ODI at Birmingham between the two sides will be the decider for the hosts, who have earlier demonstrated a comeback and take the test series convincingly. India will be hopeful to continue with their winning momentum and emerge victorious once again to clinch the series while England will put its best foot forward to try and level it. It will be interesting to see which side will be able to strategize well and execute to perfection on Tuesday.
Joe Root, Ian Bell and Eoin Morgan couldn’t step up and stabilize the innings as the English batting line-up collapsed against the Indian spin attack; though Cook and Hales posted an 82-run opening stand, the scoreboard moved at a snail’s pace with only Buttler being able to contribute 42 runs from the middle order. They were stumped, run-out and totally lost against Ashwin and other spinners from the Indian contingent as they mustered up only 227 runs in the 3rd ODI. Although the bowlers tried their level best to contain the Indian batsmen, they faced stiff opposition from the spirited lot and lost the match by 6 wickets. Cook’s inability to inspire his team-mates has put him under the scanner and unless he can conjure up some magic tricks, the good work done by the team in the test series will soon be forgotten because of the shoddy work displayed in the ODIs. The players will have to come up with a positive attitude and the batsmen need to perform much better if they want to square up the series with two consecutive wins here.
The spinners have struck once again to give a distinct advantage for team India in the ODI series; Ashwin with a figure of 3-39 won the man of the match award and was mainly responsible for the English collapse. Raina, Rayudu and Jadeja took a wicket each and they continue to bring their all-rounder skills to the table; Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami too struck at regular intervals to disallow the lower order to make amends. While the bowling unit showed a renewed vigour and tremendous determination, the batsmen weren’t behind in upping their game when it matters the most. Kohli is starting to finally find his rhythm back after a series of non-scoring innings, as he posted a well-made 40 off 50 while Rayudu and Rahane continue to stabilize the innings; Rayudu scored a good 64 off 78 balls while Rahane opened with Dhawan to post 45 off 56. Suresh Raina, who was the star of the 2nd ODI match, continued his good form with a strong run-a-ball 42 runs and looks good in the middle along with Jadeja and Dhoni. The team has the psychological advantage and will surely know better than to give away this opportunity to go for the kill and take the series.
While England will try to make a comeback and keep their campaign alive, their batsmen would have to pull up their socks and polish their batting skills if they want to fight the inspired Indian bowling attack. Though the match will surely be well-fought, India seems to be favourites here to win the match and series.
India, 1.80 @ TitanBet