About the Match
England with 5 points will go up against India, who have just 2 points, in the upcoming ODI of the Carlton Mid ODI Tri-Series on 30th Jan at Perth to try and make it to the finals against Australia. England won the previous encounter against India in a nine-wicket thrashing of the opponent and is placed at 2nd position after taking bonus points from their victory. On the other hand, India received a sigh of relief as their contest against Australia was washed away by rain, giving them 2 points and will need to win this do or die contest to keep their chances alive. The English team has a good batting line-up although slightly on the low scoring trend, but they will definitely come back with more strength to reach the finals.
England lost their last match against Australia by 3 wickets after the batsmen set a target of 303 batting first. Ian Bell constructed a fluent 141 runs off 125 balls and with Moeen Ali, who scored 46 off 48 balls, built a strong 113-run opening partnership. Joe Root, who scored a well-made 69 off 70, also contributed with the bat. But the batsmen lost their way in the final 10 overs in the face of some excellent bowling by James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc, to end up with only 303 runs on the board. Moeen Ali once again proved his all-rounder skills, picking 2-50 in his 10 overs; Steven Finn and Chris Woakes also took 2 wickets each. While the bowling squad looks in good shape to torment the Indians, the batsmen need to find their rhythm and be more disciplined in their attack. Considering the ease with which England bowled out India for 153 in 39.3 overs in the last match with Finn and Anderson sharing nine wickets, they look very determined to come out with all their fire-power in this crucial match and make it to the finals.
India has had a poor show till now, losing both their matches; they were able to post 267 runs against the hosts in the first match, but it was no challenge for a flamboyant Australian batting attack. Against England, it was a collective failure from the batsmen, who could only post a meagre 153 and the bowlers who have not been at their best here. India has failed as a unit in both their matches with the bowling being an area of considerable concern. Players like Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja must perform well; Umesh Yadav has accumulated only 2 wickets till now and this shows the form of the bowlers on the fast track. On the batting line-up, Rohit Sharma, who scored 138 runs against Australia in the second match, is not available because of an injury and the team will definitely miss his services. However with players like Rahane, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni and many all-rounders, the team has the ability to overcome the weaknesses and fight back for survival.
The contest will be very tough because both teams need to win this match to get to the finals and they will definitely work hard. Although India may fight back with a renewed vigor, we feel that England, being the better performer in the tournament, will be the most likely winner and reach the finals.
England, 1.80 @ Bet365