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10 December 2023

India aim to seal England ODI series win in Mohali

By Staff


India will seek to clinch the ODI series against England in the fourth match in Mohali on Wednesday buoyed by their emphatic victories in the last two games.

Having lost a Test series to England for the first time in 28 years, India have bounced back with a vengeance in the 50-over format to prove they are the world champions.

They have dominated with a consistent display with the bat led from the front by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and appear to have rediscovered their winning touch.

After being edged out by 9 runs in a high-scoring opening game, they won the second by 127 runs in Kochi followed by a seven-wicket win at Ranchi .

Dhoni will be hoping that his young teammates can maintain the tempo for a third successive win in the five-match series.

India's young and inexperienced bowlers excelled in the last two matches and were largely responsible for setting up the victories while some of the top-order batsmen, who have been woefully out of form, have showed signs of recovery.

Clearly, the pressure will be on the visitors who have to come up with a far more inspired show to prevent the Indians from winning the series in what promises to be a thrilling contest at the PCA Stadium.

"We aren't going to leave anything for chance," said Virat Kohli, citing the uncertainty that looms large over the last one-dayer in Dharamshala.

"We want to seal the series right here, right now. We have to step up a gear and execute our plans like we did in the last two ODIs. The team is treating this game as a do or die situation. England is a very good team, if you slip even slightly they have the capability to strike back," added Kohli after the team's net session.

Whereas India are unlikely to tamper with a winning combination despite calls for the inclusion of Cheteshwar Pujara, England are likely to drop wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter in preference to Joe Buttler.

Kieswetter's position has been under debate for some time and a duck in the third one-day international against India last time out appears to have been the final straw.
England's first-choice wicketkeeper since the last World Cup, Kieswetter has not made a half-century since the start of 2012 averaging 30.62.

Buttler played as a specialist batsman in his only previous one-day appearance but was selected behind the stumps for the two Twenty20 matches against India before Christmas.