New Delhi: The fifth and final match of the ODI series between India and England is scheduled to take place on Friday at Headingley, Leeds. The tourists have already clinched the series by wining three consecutive matches, after the opening match was washed out due to rain, without a ball being bowled.
In the last match of the ODI series, the hosts would look for a consolation win, but that too is looking like a herculean task for them. In the ODI series their performance has gone from bad to worse. India have won all the three matches quite comprehensively.
On one end, where England batsmen looked hapless against Indian bowlers, be it seamers or spinners, English bowlers were listless too against the strong Indian batting line up. The imposing victories and unassailable 3-0 lead of India must have exhausted Cook & Co -- mentally and physically.
With series already in their pocket, a rampaging India would look to keep the foot on the pedal and press for a clean sweep. The world champions have justified their top ODI rankings in the ODI format and created history by winning bilateral series against England in England after 24 long years.
After a humiliating 3-1 defeat in the Test series, it was great turnaround by the Men in Blue.
However, English skipper, Alastair Cook, would be once again under immense pressure. On top of it, England got a big blow in the form of Ian Bell, who will be unavailable for this last game due to a toe injury that also kept him out of the Edgbaston game.
As series only in the pocket, MS Dhoni can afford to rest his prime seamers -- Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami – and can give a chance to Umesh Yadav and Karn Sharma to roll their arms and showcase their talent. Promising Indian batsman Sanju Samson might be given a chance to make his ODI début.
India: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Dhawal Kulkarni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
England: Alastair Cook (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes