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21-Jan-2017 13:15:00 GMT
India v England, 3rd ODI, Kolkata

India Look To Increase England Woes

Kolkata: With the series already in the bag, India would look to inflict more damage when they take on England in the third ODI at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.

The hosts would look to complete a whitewash over England and address any chinks in their armour in their final ODI before the Champions Trophy to be held in England in June.

Two matches and two 350 plus scores for India. Superlative batting performances by India in both the first and second ODI has seen them score in excess of 350 on both occasions. England batting has also been doing well and they came within touching distance of India's mammoth score of 381/6 in second ODI in Cuttack. Bowling, however, will be a concern for both teams.

Both set of bowlers have been somewhat undisciplined in the previous two ODIs and will be looking for a better performance on Sunday.

Virat Kohli will know that India's death bowling is a cause of concern and will be hoping his bowlers turn up for the final ODI. Meanwhile, England have had a disastrous tour so far, having failed to win even a single match.

After their 4-0 drubbing in the Tests, a lot more was expected from the England ODI side, led by Eoin Morgan. However, they have seen two masterful partnerships, in the previous two matches, that have floored them completely.

In the first match, it was captain Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav who knocked the wind out of the English, while in Cuttack it was India's golden oldies Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

For India, the performance of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul will be worrying. In both matches the openers failed miserably, putting immense pressure on the middle-order.

A seaming all-rounder, Pandya conceded 60 without taking any wicket in Cuttack as Morgan hammered him with disdain.

Looking forward to the Champions Trophy, Pandya may seem to be an investment but only time will tell whether it's wise or not.

On the other hand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was brought in place of Umesh Yadav in Cuttack, showed terrific control at the death.

For England, Ben Stokes may be a valuable member of the side with his contribution with the bat but he has leaked runs abundantly in Pune and Cuttack.

Liam Plunkett, who replaced Adil Rashid, was also expensive, giving away at 9.10 runs per over.

England need to find better bowlers and Morgan needs to be a little more aggressive in his captaincy.

Morgan's defensive mindset was clearly seen in Cuttack when he took away Chris Woakes after a brilliant spell of 5-3-14-3. Woakes was reintroduced only in the 39th over when it was too late with India eyeing 300-plus easily.

He also let batsmen settle down by giving them easy singles, removed slips where two catches of both Dhoni and Yuvraj flew past.

England have suffered an injury blow with opener Alex Hales ruled out with a broken right hand. Johnny Bairstow has come in to replace Hales.

Teams from:

India: Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Umesh Yadav and Amit Mishra.

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jose Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Liam Dawson, Jonny Bairstow, and Adil Rashid.

Pitch and conditions
The pitch wore a greener look than the one in Cuttack and bowlers will hope they are not plundered for over 700 runs again.

Stats and trivia

  • The last ODI at Eden Gardens witnessed Rohit Sharma's record 264
  • England have played three one-day internationals at Eden Gardens and lost them all.

Match facts
Sunday, January 22, 2017 (d/n)
Start time 1330 local (0800 GMT)

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