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The Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium complex in Ranchi will be ushered into the cricket mainstream with its inaugural one-day international, the third of the ongoing series, between India and England here on Saturday. And with local boy and India skipper M.S. Dhoni in the pink of form with the bat, diehard fans are anticipating an `MSD Special' to mark the historic occasion.
However, Dhoni's participation in the match is under a cloud following an injury scare on match eve. The Indian skipper was hit on his right thumb by a rising delivery from bowling coach Joe Dawes during practice on Friday. But the team management was quick to dismiss any doubts over the 31-year old's participation.
The Indian top order, meanwhile, will want to avoid the kind of embarrassment that has become a regular feature in recent times and leaving it to their skipper to do the repair work.
Pressure will be on Dhoni too, if he plays, because the home fans will hope that the law of averages doesn't catch up with him.
The series is level 1-1 after a brilliant rearguard action by Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja in the second one-dayer at Kochi. But both teams will be well aware that winning here will put them in a vantage position to wrap up the series in the penultimate game in Mohali.
The hosts will not want to be in that position for the second consecutive time in a bilateral tournament after the threematch series against Pakistan was decided in the second game itself in Kolkata.
The current one-day world champions, however, will enter the contest with a slight edge as the visitors have not been quite able to match the intensity they displayed in the Test series. India also have more matchwinners in the side as compared to England.
The biggest worry for the hosts will be the offcolour Virat Kohli. The youngster, who has had a fantastic last year, has not been among big runs, but showed intent in staying at the wicket in the last match, something which skipper Dhoni has stressed on time and again with repeated failures by India’s top order.
The other worry is the openers.
Gautam Gambhir has not been able to provide India the best of starts and a new partner in Ajinkya Rahane adds a new dimension to the problem. The emergence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, however, has been a welcome change as the UP bowler has been successful in not only restricting the scoring rate, but has taken crucial wickets for his side too.
The visitors know that India are ahead of them in this format of the game and with a finisher like Dhoni, England have limited chances to emulate their Test series win here last year. Ian Bell has looked the most consistent since England’s return to the sub-continent, firing in all but one of the four games so far, including the two practice games.
With a pitch likely to be full of runs here, the batsmen will probably decide the direction in which this match will go and England star Kevin Pietersen can prove a trump card for the visitors.