Indian Captain Rahul Dravid Won the toss for four successive time and decide to bat first at Manchester in the Fourth One Day International against England in the seven match ODI series. England is ahead by 2-1 in the seven match ODI series.
Match had started from (Indian Time which will be Day/Night Encounter)
Final Playing XI for Third ODI at Manchester for Both Team – From England perspective Andrew Flintoff has returned into the team in place of Chris Tremlett. However Dimitri Mascarenhas has not able to recover from the injury, rest of the England team are same that played at Edgbaston. While Indians made one changes picked Ajit Agarkar in place of Munaf patel.
England Squad: Alastair Cook, Matt Prior (WK), Ian Bell, Owais Shah, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood (C), Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Monty Panesar, James Anderson, Andrew Flintoff
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Indian team which is down by 2-1 in seven match ODI series must perform well today to remain in the contest of this series. Indian who have managed to win only One ODI at Bristol only by narrow margin of 9 runs in the three matches played so far. On the other hand England able to beat the Indians by comprehensively in the two matches they played.
Andrew Flintoff may return for this ODI and this is really good news for England team because without him they have beaten Indians at Edgbaston and if he played in this match then they have upper hand for this game.
Indians struggle so far in their fielding department and bowling at the depth overs. So they need to look out seriously in these two departments of the game.
So far England has manage to score 288,320 & 281 runs in their previous three outing against India in this series. With their depth in the batting line up they have showed to the Indians that they can manage any score. Their bowling also looks much aggressive than the Indians and their bowler able to keep the Indian batsman tight in some matches.
Indian fielding looks pathetic with some of the old age players, but they need to tighten up their fielding as well as bowling in the depth over. Also causing concern is the Indian seam attack, while Zaheer Khan and Rudra Pratap Singh have been pretty consistent, both Ajit Agarkar and Munaf Patel have been well below par so far in the series.
The bowling coach of the visiting team, Venkatesh Prasad, said, "In the death overs we must work to improve on our variation which we are working on. That’s all I can say at this point of time."
They really miss out the presence of seventh batsman in the last game. So they may pick seven-four combination for today’s match.
Match will begin from (Indian Time which will be Day/Night Encounter)