India vs. England, First ODI preview, Prediction, and Pick
After taking a beating from England in the test series and losing the ODI series against Pakistan, India face the challenge to regain their lost pride. India - England test series would commence on 11th January 2013. For India, this series can solve many purposes; young talent would be tested against experienced side, lost pride can be regained and revenge of lost test series. England would like to show their fans that they are equally good in limited over version of the game. With the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar, Indian team definitely lacks the experience and mentorship that is required while facing a strong team.
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According to recent results and performance of the sides, the teams stand well next to each other. India lost the ODI series against a relatively inexperienced Pakistan side, whereas England lost two consecutive matches to Indian domestic sides. While India would have the advantage of playing the ODIs more recently, English side might struggle to find the form due to lack of match practice because of their Christmas holidays. Holidays to give an advantage to England team; they'd be fresh and ready to take on relative tired Indian side. Fatigue might not be a major issue because many new players are included in the squad while Sehwag has been dropped. India would have definitely got some morale boost after their victory against Pakistan in a low scoring encounter to prevent clean sweep.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
This series might not be as popular as India - Pakistan series, but this match and series can provide exciting display of batting and bowling. With pride at stake for both the sides, this series can be one of the most exciting India - England series ever.
» Free Prediction
Would England repeat the same stuff as test Cricket or would it be the other way around? It would really depend on how India bats; if India bats as badly as they batted against Pakistan, England would easily get through. However, a significant improvement is likely in the batting as Pujara is called up which would provide the much required stability in the middle order. England lost the matches to Indian domestic sides, so it would be very difficult for them to perform against a better Indian side. I'd place my money on India.
» Man of the Match Prediction
India won their last game because of their bowling and fielding. Bowling has been quite good in all the matches and one of the consistent bowlers has been newcomer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He can swing the ball both ways and can bat a little too. Hi is my pick for Man of the match award.