Birmingham: Back in the comforts of one-day cricket, MS Dhoni's side would look to seal the series in the fourth ODI against England at Edgbaston on Tuesday.
The home team were beaten comprehensively in their last two games, and have faced heavy criticism following their defeat and in all likelihood are expected to undergo desperate shuffling as far as the team combination is concerned.
Experimentation is not likely to be on India's agenda as they lead the five-match ODI series 2-0 with two games remaining. The first ODI in Bristol was washed out. The men in blue have been on a roll since the time Ravi Shastri took over the reins of the team and if momentum is anything to go by, England will find it difficult to end losing streak.
India beat England by 133 runs in Cardiff courtesy a sparkling ton from Suresh Raina. The visitors again proved their superiority over the hosts at Trent Bridge as Rohit Sharma's injury-forced absence never bothered them.
The ease with which Ajinkya Rahane managed to settle into the opening slot must have come as a relief for Dhoni. Rahane's show at the top would also mean a longer wait for Murali Vijay, who has come in to replace Rohit.
The hosts have had an utterly forgettable one-day series so far. England are facing too many issues at the moment and on top of the list is captain Alastair Cook. Cook's captaincy and his batting at the top has come under heavy criticism and qualities which make him of prime importance in Tests have led to his downfall in the limited overs.
His giving too much respect to the bowlers even after being well set has hindered England at the top and has added pressure on big-hitting youngster like Alex Hales.
Things have looked worse for the middle-order where Joe Root and Eoin Morgan have failed in unison. It is highly likely that Peter Moores would bring in Moeen Ali and give a call to Gary Ballance. Ballance was in superb form in the Tests and there is a chance of him finding a place ahead of Root.
England: Alastair Cook (Capt.), Alex Hales, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Harry Gurney, Chris Jordan, Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (Capt. & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sanju Samson (wk), Umesh Yadav, Stuart Binny, Karn Sharma, Murali Vijay
Pitch and conditions
The forecast is for dry weather and ticket sales have been good, so expect another lively atmosphere with support for both sides.
Stats and trivia
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Start time 10.30am local (0930 GMT, 1500 IST)