India Gets Closer TO Winning ODI

The Indian Cricket team has got one step closer to winning their first One Day International series in England in about two and half decades.

Yesterday, in the third ODI game of the ongoing series, the men in blue secured a 6-wicket victory.

It was the ODI specialists who blossomed for India with Suresh Raina leading the way again.

On a slow track which spun more than anyone would have expected, England couldn’t reach a fighting score batting first despite getting a good start.

Most of the middle order English players, including their newest superstar Joe Root, showed impotency against the turning ball. They seemed to be lacking the skills of milking the spinners and building the innings. It was just about block or slog for them and that’s never a good way of playing the slower bowlers especially on a slow pitch.

India might well have been chasing a score of less than 200 if they had not provided some easy deliveries to the English tail-enders towards the end of the innings.

Nevertheless, 228 was not a challenging target at all and once the hosts were off to a flyer thanks to Ajinkya Rahane, England was almost out of the game.

Only one of the Indian batsmen got a half century, but, three others chipped in with 40 odd and a collective effort saw the visitors going up by 2-0 in the series.

The next match is scheduled to be played on the upcoming Tuesday at Edgbaston, Birmingham and the pitch there also is known to be helpful to spin bowling. So, India will have a good chance to seal the series there.

After the ODI series, there is a T20 match to be played as well which would mark the end of this long England tour for India.

Dhoni Wouldn’t Mind Seeing Green Top

The captain of the Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni, has said that he would not mind seeing a green top at Lord’s Cricket Ground for the second match of the ongoing test series between India and England.

The first match which was played on a dead wicket at Trent Bridge had finished as a draw. Nobody from the Indian camp or from the English camp for that matter was happy with the kind of surface produced there.

The bowlers had an absolute nightmare there. Neither did they get lateral movement nor did they get any bounce and as a result of that, whenever they induced the edge, it fell short of the fielders.

According to Dhoni, a country should always produce wickets for which it is known. For example- England is known for seaming wickets and thus there should be always be grass on their wickets. Similarly, on Indian tracks, there should always be some turn available.

Talking to the reporters ahead of the Lord’s test, the Indian captain said, “When a test series is played in India, you don’t want to see placid tracks and people getting double hundreds on it easily. What you want to see is how people adjust against turn. Similarly, in England, you want to see people getting tested on seaming tracks.”

The English captain, Alastair Cook, also had something similar to say when he was asked what kind of wicket he would like to see at Lord’s.

In the words of Cook, “We are confident about our batting. We are good enough to score big if we are set on any surface and we have got bowlers who can get early wickets to pressurize the opposition. But, that can’t happen on a dead pitch. Some life needs to be there in the surface.”