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Batting Collapse Sends India into Problematic Stage against England in Brisbane ODI

india odi1New Delhi, Tuesday, January 20 – The motto behind hosting an ODI series just prior to the cricket carnival in February is to let the youngster sharpen their tools for the biggest tournament and learn from their mistakes to be a better cricketer. But same can’t be said for the Men in Blue as the top order fumbled while facing the England bowling attack at Brisbane Cricket Ground , Woolloongabba, Brisbane.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. He usually opts for fielding first after winning the toss but this time the 33-year-old Ranchi cricketer is saying yes to the other option. Perhaps he wants to test the potential of his young ‘playing XI’ that whether his boys could be on the winning side if asked to bat first by the rivals or not. This decision might have fruitful result in the long term but doesn’t seem appropriate at present.

While batting against England in the third match of Tri-series in Australia, Indian camp felt the real pressure. Five of the top batsmen are back to the pavilion. They failed to read the mood of the pitch and this is the reason why India are in a problematic stage. Shikhar Dhawan once again did not succeed in showing the resistance on the foreign pitch. His tour of Australia is turning out a nightmare for him. James Anderson gave the first jolt to the team by sending Dhawan back to the dressing room at a score of 1. His dismissal made Ambati Rayudu to come on the crease and lend a hand to the opener Ajinkya Rahane to stabilize wobbly Indian innings. The duo tried to fade away the pressure by hitting a few classy shots. Rahane played a knock of 33 runs of 40 balls, inclusive of one boundary and a six. Before he could have gone further, Steven Finn brought his innings to an end.

In the troublesome situations, hopes automatically surged from 26-year-old Virat Kohli, who has proved himself from time to time by putting his best foot forward. But perhaps this wasn’t his chance to shine and he lost his wicket to the same man post scoring 4 runs of 8 balls. Suresh Raina, who seemed to regain form in the previous match against Australia with a half-century, was out for 1 when Moeen Ali trapped him in a beautiful delivery. Rayudu made efforts to build a partnership with ‘captain cool’ but succumbed to Finn in 19th over. Dhoni is batting at a score of 19, which includes a boundary as well. Stuart Binny is the man at the other end and has pocketed 12 runs of 29 balls. Selectors consider him a talented all-rounder and the ongoing series a perfect time to examine his abilities to perform in unfamiliar conditions.

Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav are yet to bat. After losing 5 wickets early, India have accumulated 109 runs. They certainly need to brilliantly score if objective is to improve position in the points’ table. Australia are leading the chart as they have won the both two matches played in opposition to India and England. Whoever logs victory in today’s ODI will go up and solidify its chance to be in the finale. All eyes are stuck on Indian performance as the batting collapses could cost India matches. Any mistake at this point is to be avoided and focus is to be paid on winning the contest. Scenario over winning or losing the match will get clear after India’s innings.

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