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India look for fresh start at Cardiff

26 Aug 2014, 1810 hrs IST,  ,  gocricket.com  
India look for fresh start at Cardiff
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Virat Kohli averages 98 in Cardiff which is the most by any batsman in ODIs at this venue.
The limited overs leg of India's tour to England possibly came up with the best result in the first ODI at Bristol. The damp squib left both teams in a limbo. India will have to wait an extra day for their revenge while England will have to wait for their experimentation with the team composition ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

The weather for the second ODI is not that promising. Cardiff has been pounded by heavy rain for the past two days and showers are forecast for Wednesday. India will be looking to repeat their heroics in the 2013 Champions Trophy where they defeated Sri Lanka in the semi-finals at this venue to qualify for the finals. For England, they will want to arrest their losing sequence in ODIs and build some momentum with just six months to go for the big event.

Venue: SWALEC stadium, Cardiff

Date: Wednesday, August 27

Time: 15:00 IST

Weather: Maximum of 18 degrees with a possibility of rain in the afternoon

Team news

India

The team has been distracted by the disagreement between MS Dhoni and the BCCI over the issue of coach Duncan Fletcher. Dhoni's comments that Fletcher will lead India to the 2015 World Cup and the board's statement that Dhoni has crossed a line has dominated the discourse following India's 3-1 Test series loss. If both parties can solve the situation quickly, then India can focus on getting back on track and building a base for the World Cup.

With rain forecast for Wednesday and with the pitch under covers, it will be interesting to see what is the composition of the team. Will Dhoni opt for a predominant seam bowling attack considering the assistance that might be on offer? Stuart Binny performed admirably in seaming conditions in Bangladesh where he picked up 6/4. However, Jadeja has had a good record in ODIs against England and it will be hard for Dhoni to ignore his services.

Probable XI: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ajinkya Rahane/Ambati Rayudu, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 Ravindra Jadeja/Stuart Binny, 7 MS Dhoni (c & wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Mohit Sharma

England

England have few off-field issues but they will be eager to reverse their on-field fortunes in the limited overs game. Since their 4-0 series victory against Australia in 2012, they have not won a series at home. In 2014, they have suffered series losses against Australia away and Sri Lanka at home. There are murmurs about Alastair Cook's position in the ODI team but the skipper will be eager to silence his critics in the same way as he did in the Test series.

There has been some criticism regarding the composition of the England team. Graeme Swann, former England player and Michael Vaughan, former England skipper have criticised the team for a conservative approach and for the lack of power hitters. The omission of Ravi Bopara seems to be a sore point considering the utility that he can bring to the table in ODIs.

However, in Alex Hales, England will be aiming to bolster the power factor while the rest of the batting plays the supporting role. With the straight boundaries at Cardiff notoriously short, Hales has the potential to take the attack to India. A win at Cardiff for either team will go a long way in deciding where the series is headed.

Probable XI: 1 Alastair Cook (c), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Gary Ballance, 5 Joe Root, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Chris Jordan, 9 James Tredwell, 10 James Anderson, 11 Harry Gurney/Steve Finn

Watch out for

Chris Jordan - Although he was overlooked for the first two Tests, Jordan came into his own in the fifth Test where he picked up four wickets in the second innings to decimate India for 94. In the ODI series against Sri Lanka, he starred with both bat and ball. With the bat, he made some valuable contributions in the lower order. With the ball, he picked up 5/29 at Old Trafford in a match where Sri Lanka were bowled out for 67. Jordan's all-round exploits will be crucial for England's success in the coming months

Virat Kohli - He is suffering his first lean patch as a top-notch player. He struggled in the Tests where he scored just 134 runs at an average of 13.4. Kohli looked like a fish out of water in Tests but in the ODIs, he is back on a familiar territory and will look to hurt England. He finally got back among the runs against Middlesex when he scored 71 off 75 balls. He will have happy memories of Swalec, having scored a century and fifty in three matches that he has played at this venue. If there is a place where Kohli can change his fortunes, it is here.

Ground facts

- England have played seven ODIs at Swalec and have never lost a match. Out of the seven, they have won four and the remaining three matches were no results

- Virat Kohli averages 98 in ODIs in Cardiff, the most by any batsman in ODIs at this venue.

- Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli are the only batsmen to have scored centuries at this venue. Dhawan scored 114 against South Africa in the 2013 Champions Trophy.

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