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24-Oct-2011 16:49:00 GMT
India v England, 5th ODI, Kolkata

India Eye Whitewash Against England at Eden

Kolkata: High on confidence, a dominant India will push for a 5-0 clean sweep when they lock horns with a hapless England in the fifth and final one-dayer at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.

A disciplined show in all the departments has been the highlight of India's 4-0 triumph so far and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men would look to continue their dominant show on Tuesday in what has been billed as the 'payback series'.

"We will try to go for 5-0. If we play good cricket, things will go our way but again the important thing is to do our best," Dhoni said on Sunday after India thrashed England by six-wickets to go 4-0 up in the series.

Right from batting to bowling and fielding, India have shown near-perfection something that unmistakably favours towards a 5-0 whitewash and the setting would just be ideal for a Diwali eve celebration.

While India shone bright, the Englishmen, on the other hand, have failed to show the right body language throughout the series for a meek surrender on Indian soil.

It was in sharp contrast of their show in England where they had vanquished India in the same manner in both Test and one-day cricket.

No doubt there has been the huge advantage of the home condition but coach Duncan Fletcher, having tasted defeat in England, would definitely be pleased that the youngsters have shown tremendous character in the series so far.

Be it Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane or Jharkhand pacer Varun Aaron who had a splendid debut last night, the youngsters have shown hunger and equal finesse while the seniors, in absence of several key players of the World Cup winning side, have backed themselves well.

As India have dished out a dominating show so far, England had come close to winning in Mohali posting a challenging target of 299.

But the 21-year-old Rahane, the lone Mumbai face in the Indian line-up, grabbed the opportunity with both hands for a match-winning 91 that earned him the Man of the Match award.

While he set the platform for the tall chase, Gautam Gambhir provided the key support and Dhoni steered the team home to clinch the series after winning the third one-day in Mohali.

On Sunday night in Mumbai, India had another stupendous performance from a rookie Aaron, dubbed as India's fastest bowler after clocking 150-plus in a domestic match.

He generated enough bounce, pace and was good in reverse swing as all his three dismissals came by clean bowling the batsmen.

Aaron was not short on pace either as he consistently notched 140kph mark providing the sting to the new-look Indian pace attack in absence of Zaheer Khan.

Pace spearhead Praveen Kumar and R Vinay Kumar have done the task well as India have not looked short of ammunition in the pace line-up as the duo have stuck to discipline without doing anything extravagant.

Opener Parthiv Patel, who is yet to click with the bat, may give the only available option for Dhoni to ponder upon.

England, meanwhile, have been without their pace duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad and it has left them with a weakened pace attack. The visitors have shown a poor display with the bat as well.

Without any consistency after good starts, the Jonathan Trotts, Kevin Pietersens have let down England in a big way and left skipper Cook frustrated.

It's still a mystery why England is yet to bring in Ian Bell to their batting line-up and it remains to be seen if he is included in the last match of the ODI series that will give England a chance to restore some pride before the one-off Twenty20 on October 29.

Teams from

MS Dhoni (captain & wk), Parthiv Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, R Vinay Kumar, Varun Aaron, Praveen Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, S Aravind, Rahul Sharma and Abhimanyu Mithun.

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Craig Kieswetter (wicketkeeper), Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Jonathan Bairstow, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Scott Borthwick, Stuart Meaker, Steven Finn, Ian Bell, Graeme Swann, Graham Onions, Jose Buttler, Alex Hales.

Pitch and conditions
Warm and sunny during the day, although perhaps not as hot as Mumbai, while dew hasn't been the major factor that it might have been during the series. For IPL matches the surface has tended to be slow and low.

Stats and trivia

  • This is England's first game in Kolkata since 2002 when India won by 22 runs despite Marcus Trescothick's 121
  • England have only suffered two 5-0 series scorelines in ODIs; against Sri Lanka in 2006 and India in 2008

Match facts
Tuesday October 25, 2011 (day/night)
Start time 14:30 local (0900 GMT)

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