4th ODI Preview: India look to land knockout punch on England

Updated: 22 January 2013 12:23 IST

Having won the previous two matches, hosts need a win here to wrap the series -  a sign of a possible end to a string of massive defeats.

Mohali:

Bolstered by two emphatic back-to-back wins, India will seek to clinch the ODI series against England by taking an unassailable 3-1 lead in the fourth match in Mohali on Wednesday with the under-fire hosts showing signs of rediscovering their winning touch.

After a series of indifferent performances in the recent past, the team is beginning to prove its worth with two comprehensive victories and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be hoping that his young teammates can maintain the tempo for a third successive win in the five-match series.

India's young and inexperienced bowlers excelled in the last two matches and were largely responsible for setting up the victories while some of the top-order batsmen, who have been woefully out of form, have showed signs of recovery.

Clearly, the pressure will be on the visitors who have to come up with a far more inspired show to prevent the Indians from winning the series in what promises to be a thrilling contest at the PCA Stadium.

Despite the two big wins, there are still some areas of concern for the Indians who have not being able to fix their opening problems.

Though Gautam Gambhir has been getting the starts and going into the 30s, he has not been able to translate them into a big knock. The other opener Ajinkya Rahane has not been in good touch and has got out cheaply. As a result, India have never really got a flying start in the series.

India have the option of trying out Cheteshwar Pujara, who has still not played a single match, in place of Rahane but that looks extremely unlikely as the young opener will be given a longer rope to regain his form.

The Indian team management may not want to tinker with a winning combination and may go in with the same team that has won the last two games with resounding margins.

The young Ravindra Jadeja has been a revelation in the last two games and and it his brilliant display with the ball and bat which has made all the difference.

Topics : Cricket England in India 2012 England India Australia Gary Kirsten Anil Kumble Yuvraj Singh Gautam Gambhir MS Dhoni Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali Alastair Cook West Indies
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