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Confident India look to win Mohali ODI, clinch series
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Mohali, January 23, 2013
First Published: 10:01 IST(23/1/2013)
Last Updated: 10:30 IST(23/1/2013)

India will seek to clinch the ODI series against England on Wednesday by taking an unassailable 3-1 lead in the fourth match in Mohali after two back to back win in the series.

After a series of indifferent performances in the recent past the team is beginning to prove its worth with two comprehensive victories.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be hoping that his young teammates can maintain the tempo for a third successive win in the five-match series.

Indian bowlers excelled in the last two matches and were largely responsible for setting up the victories while some of the top-order batsmen, who have been woefully out of form, have showed signs of recovery.

What a difference a week can make? The defeat in the opening game in Rajkot and worries about the absence of a top-order anchor seem to have dissipated after Virat found his touch again, smashing an unbeaten 77 in Ranchi.

The second successive thrashing in the series has left England deflated and their only hope is to cash in on the very English conditions in Mohali and Dharamsala --- venue for the last ODI --- to rally from 1-2 behind.

Clearly, the pressure will be on the visitors who have to come up with a far more inspired show to prevent the Indians from winning the series in what promises to be a thrilling contest at the PCA Stadium.

Despite the two big wins, there are still some areas of concern for the Indians who have not being able to fix their opening problems.

Though Gautam Gambhir has been getting the starts and going into the 30s, he has not been able to translate them into a big knock.

The other opener Ajinkya Rahane has not been in good touch and has got out cheaply. As a result, India have never really got a flying start in the series.

India have the option of trying out Cheteshwar Pujara, who has still not played a single match, in place of Rahane but that looks extremely unlikely as the young opener will be given a longer rope to regain his form.

The Indian team management may not want to tinker with a winning combination and may go in with the same team that has won the last two games with resounding margins.

The young Ravindra Jadeja has been a revelation in the last two games and and it his brilliant display with the ball and bat which has made all the difference.

Meanwhile, England spinner James Tredwell feels England can still stage a turnaround in the series despite being on the backfoot. He said the team will go into the must-win game trying to draw inspiration from their first game which the visitors won comfortably.

"Obviously the two defeats are in the back of our minds but I think if you look forward to the result too quickly, then you take your eye off the process.

"I guess we are just going into the game trying to execute our skills as best as we can and if we do that and perform like we did in the first game, there is every chance we can turn them over," Tredwell said at the pre-match press conference.

"We have a point to prove, absolutely. We spoke about it. It can be quite easy in this part of the world that if you get on a bad trot, you can let your heads drop and we can't allow that to creep in," he said.

(With PTI inputs)


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