Indian team will be desperate for a win in this crucial game © Getty Images
Indian team will be desperate for a win in this crucial game © Getty Images

Jan 20, 2015

MS Dhoni‘s India will clash against Eoin Morgan-led England in the third One-Day International (ODI) at Brisbane. It will be an important game for both the teams in the context of the series as both teams are yet to register a point in the points table. Both India and England lost their matches against Australia and to keep the team’s chances for final alive, they need to win this game Catch Live Blog of India vs England 3rd ODI here

For England, James Anderson is likely to return in the playing eleven after missing out the opening game due to injury. He may replace Steven Finn, which means that Chris Woakes will retain his place as he picked up four wickets against Australia. India on the other hand have their own injury issues. Ravindra Jadeja, who has been named in the Indian squad for the ICC World Cup 2015, is still recovering from an injury in the rehabilitation centre in Chennai during the Test series. Akshar Patel, who took the place of Jadeja had a decent outing against Australia and it would be hard for India to field to left this left-arm spinner out of the squad against England. Read More: India’s batting should be wary against England’s pace attack

Though the weather forecast for this game is not very good. The Weather Channel predicts thunderstorms in Brisbane and about 80 percent chances of rainfall. I would be a disappointing thing if this game is washed out. The tri-series is a short affair this time around with only a couple of rounds before a solitary final. With that format in place, almost every game becomes important. Finishing winless after the first round can  put a team in a difficult spot.


India: MS Dhoni (c&wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Suresh Raina, Akshar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Joe Root, James Taylor, Jos Buttler (wk), Ravi Bopara, Chris Woakes, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn.

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