India v England, 4th ODI: Preview
India and England go head to head in the 4th ODI of the seven match Hero Honda cup at Bangalore today. This is the first match of the series which will be played under lights, a decision that will be welcomed by England, given that they felt robbed by the Kanpur game which ended early due to poor light.
England though have got much bigger problems than light in this match. For if they don’t win this match, the series will already be over with three matches to go as yet. Kevin Pieterson knows this only too well and he will be vary of his team selection. The move to play Bopara at the top proved right and they will seem to persist with the same. Almost all their batsmen got starts and that is the core problem, since none of them converted their starts to anything big. Their bowlers bowled aggressively but without a good total, it will come down to zero.
India will be boosted by the return of Sachin Tendulkar who will be playing his first ODI since March. This will bring the question as to who will open the innings and it has to be Sehwag and Sachin with Gambhir coming down to number three, a position he is comfortable with. This will mean a toss up between Raina and Rohit Sharma, both of whom have been struggling with their form.