India elect to bat against England!

NEW DELHI: Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat against England in the first ODI of the five-match series at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

India have decided to go with three seamers in Praveen Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav along with lone specialist spinner in R Ashwin.

For England, the notable omission from the playing XI is Ian Bell.

It’s redemption time for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men as they will be itching to settle scores having failed to secure a single victory in international matches in England, having lost four Tests, three ODIs and one Twenty20 international during their recent tour.

His opposite number Alastair Cook will certainly hope that his side can carry on from where they left in the last series although they would be missing the services of the formidable new ball duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

This will be the first series where the new ICC rule of using separate new balls from both ends will be implemented along with changed Powerplay rules.

On paper and based on current form, England are certainly favourites but in home conditions, Indians have always been formidable opponents.


India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Parthiv Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar.

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Craig Kieswetter, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Jonathan Bairstow, Graeme Swann, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach . (Agencies)

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