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Preview: England vs India, 1st ODI

India look towards ODIs for revival


1st ODI of the five-match series between India and England


August 25, 2014


County Ground, Bristol

The Teams


Post mortems of the Test defeat have been done. Every nook and corner, every nut and bolt of the humiliating defeat in whites have been analysed at length that has called for new measures. A new team director, a new support staff and some new faces in the Indian team look for positivity ahead of the first ODI against England in Bristol. If the warm-up game against Middlesex leading up to the first ODI is to be taken into consideration, India could try and take some confidence from it. A seventy for Virat Kohli could keep the man himself in good stead who has been completely out of sorts in the Test series. Apart from Kohli, Ambati Rayudu got a seventy as well and has made a case for himself for a place in the playing eleven. Leg-spinner Karn Sharma’s 3-wicket haul opens up more selection dilemmas for India and whether the spinner will make his ODI debut will be worth a watch. There has been an influx of new faces with refined energy in the team for the ODIs; will India give them a chance and if given a chance will they make those opportunities count? Can Suresh Raina’s exuberance on the field lift up energies within the team and will Rohit Sharma showcase the form he did in the ICC Champions Trophy last year as an opener? We are in for an interesting 10 days of 50-over cricket. There is always a sense that this is one format that the team feels more confident playing and India would be looking to start off their ODI campaign on a positive note. Baggage aside with a refreshed outlook, India look towards this ODI series for a revival of sorts.


Test series in the bag, England sure have their eyes set on the ODI series now. It is an Indian side low on confidence that they are up against and expect England to deliver severe blows come Monday. England don’t seem to have any major issues with regards to team combinations and form. Like India, even England have a few new faces in the team, the most notable being Alex Hales. His T20 exploits are well known and England would be itching to give him a chance against a not-so-strong Indian bowling line-up. England will be missing the services of Stuart Broad and James Anderson as expected will lead the pace attack. The crux of the England batting remains the same with the likes of captain Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Gary Ballance and Joe Root. An exciting inclusion in the England side is that of Eoin Morgan who adds a lot of meat to the middle order. Morgan’s innovations with the bat and cricketing prowess in the shorter formats are well known and he would be one of the players to watch out for. Who gets a nod between Moeen Ali and James Tredwell for the spinner’s slot is worth a thought as well. Tredwell maybe a specialist spinner, but memories of the Test series would be fresh in the English minds where Ali tormented the Indian batsmen. Moreover Ali is touted to be a better bat than Trewdwell. Also Steven Finn could make for an interesting choice in the pace attack. The first ODI will set the tone for the rest of the series, as both teams look for a positive start in the five-match ODI series.

Key Players


He may have gone through a rough patch in the Test series but expect a confident Virat Kohli while facing the white ball. He is a completely different player when it comes to batting in ODIs. Kohli’s ODI average in the last 12 months is close to 66 along with four centuries to his name. Those are outstanding numbers and Kohli’s form is crucial to India’s form in the ODI series. He looked in good touch against Middlesex in the warm-up game scoring a brisk 71. That sweet sound off his bat would have been his favorite music he would have heard on the tour off late. He would want to add that tune to his playlist for the rest of the tour.


With conditions expected to be overcast, one man would be itching to get the ball in his hands – James Anderson. After making a mockery of the Indian batting in the Test series, expect Anderson to transform all his form in the Test matches in ODIs. India have been found wanting against Anderson’s pace and bounce and have failed to cope up with his ability to swing the ball both ways. In Stuart Broad’s absence Anderson needs to take over the mantle of leading a young pace attack and give those early breakthroughs. India’s biggest threat and captain Cook’s go-to bowler; expect Anderson to come all guns blazing on Monday.

Stat Overview

1. Average first innings score at County Ground, Bristol:
Overall - 235
Since 2000- 229

2. Average second innings score at Bristol:
Overall- 219
Since 2000- 221

3. Result summary at Bristol:


Won by side batting 1st

Won by side batting 2nd








Since 2000





4. Head-to-head:



Ind won

Eng won









In England






At Bristol






5. Last meeting between both sides at Bristol:

Brief scores: August 24, 2007 – India 329/7, England 320/8. India won by 9 runs

6. Form guide (most recent listed first):

India: NR, Won, Won, Won, Lost
England: Lost, Lost, Won, Lost, Won

7. Pace vs Spin at Bristol (Who has been more effective)

Since 2000















The Squads

India: M.S. Dhoni (C & WK), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Karn Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

England (1st ODI): Alastair Cook (C), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Jos Buttler (WK), Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, , Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.

Anand Subramaniam & Rajneesh Gupta

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Report: England vs India (Women), 2nd ODI

Charlotte Edwards and Jenny Gunn help England seal series
Report: England vs India (Women), 2nd ODI

England women pulled off a 13-run win against India women at the North Marine Road Ground in Scarborough. After England captain Charlotte Edwards set-up the victory for the hosts with an unbeaten 108, Jenny Gunn and company ensured that the hosts sealed a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. While Gunn claimed a four-for, the rest of the attack contributed to bowl the team to victory with eight balls to spare in the bilateral series of the ICC Women's Championship.

Earlier after opting to field, India claimed wickets at regular intervals. However, England skipper Charlotte Edwards’ resistance ensured the hosts reached a competitive total in their 50 overs. Opening the batting with Heather Knight, Edwards lost her partner to a run out with 26 runs on the board.

50 runs later, Rajeshwari Gayakwad sent back Sarah Taylor to end the blossoming 2nd wicket partnership. With a little over ten overs later, Gayakwad accounted for Lauren Winfield with England tottering at 112/3. Jhulan Goswami then removed Lydia Greenway and Tammy Beaumont of consecutive deliveries to give India an upper hand.

Natalie Sciver then joined her captain to add 44 for the sixth wicket until she was sent back by Gayakwad for 17. Edwards meanwhile held up one end and kept the scoreboard ticking. Gunn was the next to be sent back by Goswami while Shikha Pandey accounted for Danielle Hazell a while later and Gayakwad followed up with the wicket of Anya Shrubsole. Kate Cross then helped Edwards collect runs at the other end to help England reach 214 in 50 overs.

Cross who had given good support with the bat then returned to send the first tremors to the India batting line-up. She took the wicket of Poonam Raut ending India’s opening stand for 39. Gunn then claimed Karu Jain and Smriti Mandhana to leave India on 64/3 in the seventeenth over. Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur then stitched a 33-run partnership until Mithali Raj was trapped lbw for 30 by Knight. Kaur however, held the innings together. She then put up yet another partnership, this time with Vellaswamy Vanita until Anya Shrubsole struck to end a 41-run stand. Jhulan Goswami then joined Kaur to add 33 runs for the sixth wicket before being caught by Gunn off her own bowling.
Shikha Pandey who then came to the crease was sent back for naught by Knight leaving India struggling at 172/7. Kaur who had kept India in the fight was the next to return to the pavilion after scoring a fighting 43, this time Shrubsole being the wicket-taker. Eight wickets down and their only glimmer of hope returning to the pavilion, the end for India was near.

With 43 runs more required off 47 balls, Ekta Bisht joined N Niranjana in an effort to take their team closer to the target. Jenny Gunn however had other plans as she castled Niranjana to take England within a wicket of victory.

With Gayakwad at the other end Bisht put up a fight to keep India in the game. However, after she took the visitors past 200, Danielle Hazell claimed Gayakwad to seal a victory for the home team. Bisht was left unbeaten on 14.

Brief scores:

England 214/9 in 50 overs (C Edwards 108*, R Gayakwad 4/42, J Goswami 3/30) beat India 201 all out in 48.4 overs (H Kaur 43, J Gunn 4/23, H Knight 2/29) by 13 runs

Prajakta Pawar

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