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Match Preview: Buoyant India will look to continue their dominance over the hosts

Wed, 11th, Jul 2018 |
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After India's comprehensive victory over the hosts, England in the T20I series, India will now be raring to go and establish their supremacy in the 50-over format. The English side won't make it that easy for India, who themselves have enjoyed a stupendous run in the ODIs off late. The one-day series promises to be a better contest as there's very little that separates the two teams.

Trent Bridge boasts of a belter of a track where the batsmen make merry and add to the bowler's misery. The last ODI was played in June, between England and Australia where the former went on to post 481-6 in their 50 overs, the highest ever total in ODIs. Both these sides possess of some really explosive batsmen and we are surely in for a high scoring encounter this Thursday.

Coming to the teams, don't expect too many changes on either of the sides. India won't like to tinker much with their winning combinations and mostly have a similar T20 and ODI XI. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are going to be their first choice openers and KL Rahul is likely to take the number 3 spot, given the red-hot form he has been in. This might also end the "who bats at number 4" conundrum for India as Kohli will slip down a slot to make this position his own.

MS Dhoni will also make in the XI without any debate while the all-rounder, Hardik Pandya slips into the XI with ease. Skipper Kohli and the management will only have a confusion between Dinesh Karthik and Suresh Raina, as to who's a better fit in the middle order. Dinesh Karthik has been in tremendous form in the limited opportunities he got but Suresh Raina can come in handy as the 6th bowler if the case arises, an advantage which none of the other top 6 batsmen can provide with. Raina was given a go ahead of Karthik in the T20s and this likely is going to be the case in the 1st ODI as well.

Kuldeep who was dropped from the side in the 3rd T20, citing the ground conditions should be back to join his partner in crime, Yuzvendra Chahal to handle the spin department. The spin duo took as many as 33 wickets in South Africa and even the Englishmen struggled to pick their variations in the T20Is. Umesh Yadav performed remarkably well in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and since Bumrah has been ruled out for the ODIs as well, Umesh will start off with the new ball.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar missed the T20I decider due to a stiff back and is expected to make a come back in the 1st ODI. If he fails to regain full fitness, Siddarth Kaul will be an able replacement for him.

India might have beaten England in the T20Is but they won't be taking the English side for granted. Just like India, England's batsmen are in red-hot form with all the batsmen performing whenever the situation arose. The opening duo of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy have given England flying starts and also gone on to play big innings. Bairstow recently scored 3 consecutive centuries and will be itching to score against the Indian bowling line-up. Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, and Jos Buttler, who has been continuing his great form from IPL will form a dangerous middle order and add Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali to the setup and this becomes as good a side as anyone.

The English spin duo of Moeen Ali and Rashid Ali have also done exceedingly well in the Odis recently with Moeen bagging 12 wickets in the series against Australia.

On a batting friendly pitch of Trent Bridge, it will once again boil down to which side's bowlers turn up on the day restricting the opposition batsmen to a minimal score. Going by the bowling form right now, Indian bowlers have a slight edge over the Englishmen but beating England in their own backyard is going to be a tough nut to crack.

Who will come on top? Catch all the action of the 1st ODI from Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday, 12th July, 5:00 PM IST, 12:30 PM local time.

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