About the Match
The competition is getting heated up as the triangular series progresses to the 3rd match, which will be contested between England and India on 20th Jan at Brisbane. The hosts have won both the matches played till now and both England and India are yet to open their points tally; while England failed to defend 234 runs in their game against Australia, India lost its opening match against the hosts by 4 wickets after mustering up a total of 267 runs batting first. It will be interesting to see which team can dominate the other and gather some points on Tuesday.
Eoin Morgan was stupendous as he posted 121 off 136 balls against Australia, and looks to be in good form with the bat; Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali provided some support but the others need to step up. Ravi Bopara, Joe Root, James Taylor and Ian Bell are very talented and can deliver for the cause of the team provided they can keep a positive attitude; on the bowling front, Chris Woakes was the leading wicket-taker in the last game with his figure of 4-40 in 8 overs while Jordan and Ali took a wicket each. However, they will need to find the gaps in the Indian batting line-up and challenge the opponents if they want to dominate them. Broad and Finn have found success against the Indians many times back home but they will need to be patient against the hard-hitting batsmen like Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Dhoni and Suresh Raina. The batsmen couldn’t build partnerships in the previous game and were all-out by the 48th over for just 234 runs but they will need to come out all guns blazing if they want to keep their hopes alive here.
They will need to be cautious against the pace attack, which seems to be their weakness in contests overseas; batting first against Australia, they could get to a decent target of 267 runs but they will need to be sharper from here on. Rohit was superb in his batting performance as he posted 138 off 139 deliveries but until Raina came along, he couldn’t find a strong partner on the other side. Raina looks confident and his 51 off 63 boosted the innings; a smashing 52-run partnership between him and Dhoni with some help from Ashwin ensured the scoreboard kept ticking but the batting line-up needs to come out all guns blazing on Tuesday. Players like Dhawan, Rahane and Akshar Patel must prove themselves here; on the bowling front, everyone looks good to contribute with the wickets but they must also be able to restrict the opponents and convert the advantages into victories. Dhoni and his men are a very experienced lot but with the mounting pressure of defending the World Cup, they must remember to keep a cool head and take the challenges one at a time to succeed.
The teams will be eager to score the opening points in the series after losing to Australia in their respective matches; the one-day format of the game tests the perseverance of the players and their ability to handle the trickiest situations. Although England is more acquainted with the conditions here, we feel that India is better placed to emerge victorious here.
India, 1.66 @ Bet365