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India Vs England at Bristol – Rahul Dravid Won the Toss and Decide to Bat first in 2nd ODI

Indian Captain Rahul Dravid Won the toss and decide to bat first at Bristol in the Second One Day International against England in the seven match ODI series.

Match had started from 7.00 PM (Indian Time which will be Day/Night Encounter)

Final Playing XI for Second ODI for Both TeamEngland had made one changes from their winning squad they have dropped Monty Paneaser and in place of him pick Chris Tremlet. While Indians made two changes picked Ramesh Pawar in place of Gautam Gambhir and Munaf Patel in place of Zaheer Khan who has not recovered from Flu.

Indian Squad: Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid (C), Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Ajit Agarkar, Munaf Patel, Piyush Chawla, R.P Singh, Ramesh Pawar

England Squad: Alastair Cook, Matt Prior (WK), Ian Bell, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood (C), Andrew Flintoff, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Chris Tremlet, James Anderson

Earlier Post: India vs England 2nd ODI at Bristol
Indian team didn’t started their ODI campaign as they expected and they lost the first ODI by young England side by 104 runs at Rose Bowl. Now before second Day/Night encounter at Bristol five major players (Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, R.P Singh & Ajit Agarkar) are suffering from flu and they didn’t came out on net for practice on Thursday.

In Press conference Rahul Dravid said after loosing the first ODI that "We can't afford to lose four wickets in about 30 runs. We just can't afford to do that. There were a couple of lose shots up there and we just need to look at that". And that’s right too because while chasing the target of 288 for win in 50 overs they started badly and lost four quick wickets. Few wickets are thrown by the batsman himself and that can’t be done at international level.

Now Indian think tanks are confused for selecting the right XI for second ODI at Bristol, whether to go with five specialist bowler or stick with seven-four combination.

On the other side England Ryne Sidebottom hasn’t recovered from injury and may sit out in next two ODI.They are likely to go with same XI that had beated India by 104 runs in the first ODI at Rose Bowl.

On Last two occasion when Indians played here they have scored more than 300 runs in their fifty Overs and they have won both game comfortably, one in 1999 world cup and one in Natwest Series 2002 against Sri Lanka, more importantly Sachin Tendulkar scored century at both times.

India have a few factors to consider while picking their XI - the pitch, which the curator feels is "a 300 wicket" and the size of the ground, which is conspicuously small. It might be tricky playing two spinners here, especially with the 30-yard circle dangerously close to the boundary line at the pavilion end. One meaty hit is all it will take to clear the Hammond roof, the Grace pavilion, and the Jack Russell suite. Three legends floored with one stroke.

Match will begin from 7.00 PM (Indian Time which will be Day/Night Encounter)

Likely team for First ODI

Indian Squad: Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid (C), Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Ramesh Pawar, Munaf Patel, R.P. Singh

England Squad: Alastair Cook, Matt Prior (WK), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood (C), Andrew Flintoff, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Monty Panesar, James Anderson, Dimitri Mascarenhas

 

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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 10:51 AM  
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