About the Match
India lifted the ODI series title with a 3-1 win over hosts England and celebrated the victory in style as they finally won a one-day series on British soil after a gap of 24 years. England redeemed itself with a face-saving win in the fifth and last ODI after India dominated throughout the series thanks to the combined efforts of the spinners and batsmen. The two teams now face off in the only T20 match to be played on 7th Sep at Birmingham, to wrap up the month-long tour by the visitors, who continue to be the no.1 team in the ICC ODI and T20 rankings. It will be a good contest as fans are hopeful to see their favourite players coming out all guns blazing to score the big runs.
Having lost the ODI series with 3 consecutive losses against India, it was Joe Roots’s brilliant 113 off 108 balls that helped the team stride to a face-saving win in the last ODI on Friday. Cook seems to be bouncing back with his form as he gave a good start to the innings; he posted 46 off 64 deliveries in spite of the lack of support from the rest of the top order. The 108-run partnership between Root and Buttler ensured they got to a good total; with support from Stokes in the lower order, England went on to post 294 as the target. His all-rounder skills helped them in restricting the opponents as he claimed 3 wickets to stop the likes of Rayudu and Ashwin from smashing the big runs. Moeen Ali, Anderson and Finn took 2 wickets each in regular intervals to break the Indian partnerships, thus helping them win the match by a good 41 runs. The team might have several weaknesses but their attitude seems to be improving as they go up against the Indians in the T20 match on Sunday.
They have received a major morale boost with the ODI series victory and the upcoming T20 match should be an easy contest for the team that has done exceptionally well in this format of the game. The team comprises of several talented youngsters like Stuart Binny, Rahane, Sanju Samson, Dhawal Kulkarni and Karn Sharma, who will be inspired to do well for the country in the international arena. With established batsmen like Kohli, Raina, Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, who have been displaying good skills with the bat, the team has a strong batting line-up that can smash away boundaries and sixes at will. The bowling attack will see players like Ashwin, Shami, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jadeja bring out some tricks to cause upsets in the English batting line-up. Dhoni has mastered the art of keeping calm under critical situations and the players look up to him for guidance to overcome tough challenges; this team is a formidable force to reckon with and will be eager to bring home some more laurels at the end of the England tour.
While the contest will go down to the wire, India is an advantageous position with a better team composition and determination to excel. England has proved that they can bounce back anytime and though they will put their best efforts, India is much better placed to win the contest.
India, 1.72 @ Bet365