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Saturday, August 18, 2007

India Vs England Lions – Testing Time for the Indians (Warm up Match Today)

Indian Cricket Team after beating Scotland by seven wickets on Thursday may have to face more battling game against England Lions on Saturday. England Lions have some players who are performing really well at county level and they have already selected to play Twenty20 inaugural world cup in South Africa.

In the last macth when asked to Rahul Dravid whch stras player are rested for this match then he Joked: all players are star cricketer in our team but few of the star are rested for this Games sice we can’t leave all the stars at one go, however Sachin, Saurav and Zaheer will be rested for todays game and he is right Since India beat Scotland comprehensively by seven wickets.

England Lions have formiddible line up, they carry players like Owasis shah, Vikram Solanki, James Kirtely & Luke Wright. And they can turn their day on when they are on song.

Indians are likely to give rest to some of the key players in this match. Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar & Zaheer khan will may not play this game. However Bengla Tiger Saurav Ganguly and Stylish batsman Rohit Sharma may get the chance in this match.

Indians have to battle more and have to show more discipline if they don’t want to loose this warm up match against England Lions which is the last warm up before Indians play with England in Seven ODI series starting on Tuesday.

Against Scotland they went with Six Batsman and five specialist bowlers but they are thinking of Playing Seven Batsman and four Bowlers against England Lions.

If Indians goes with seven batsman then they have to look out for part timer and they have the options like Yuvraj Singh who can ball spin in the middle overs, Rohit Sharma is another option who can snick few overs. We know M.S. Dhoni as wicket keeper but he can also bowls some brisk overs as he shown against Srilanka A at Leicester. If he can bowl then it can provide more options for the Indians in the coming future.

Indians have to watch out for few new faces they are really dangerous batters like Luke Wright; he is very intelligent cricketer and can hit the bowl long distance. James Kirtely is another player who bowls beautifully in the depth over and very hard to hit him in those final overs.

Likely Playing XI for both the Teams:

India Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C)(WK), Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Ganguly, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Piyush Chawla, R.P Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Munaf Patel.

England Lions Squad: Vikram Solanki (C), Luke Wright, Ian Bell, Owais Shah ,Darren Maddy, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Paul Nixon (WK), Jon Lewis, Jeremy Snape, James Kirtley.


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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 1:12 PM  
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