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India eyes 5-0 whitewash against England in Kolkata
PTI
Kolkata, October 24, 2011
First Published: 13:49 IST(24/10/2011)
Last Updated: 13:56 IST(24/10/2011)
MS Dhoni in action against England during 4th ODI in Mumbai.

High on confidence, a dominant India will push for a 5-0 clean sweep when they lock horns with a hapless England in the fifth and final cricket one-dayer at the Eden Gardens here tomorrow.

A discliplined show in all the departments has been the highlight of India's 4-0 triumph so far and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men would look to continue their dominant show tomorrow in what has been billed as the 'payback series'. "We will try to go for 5-0. If we play good cricket, things will go our way but again the important thing is to do our best," Dhoni said last night after India thrashed England by six-wickets to go 4-0 up in the series.

Right from batting to bowling and fielding, India have shown near-perfection something that unmistakably favours towards a 5-0 whitewash and the setting would just be ideal for a Diwali eve celebration. While India shone bright, the Englishmen, on the other hand, have failed to show the right body language throughout the series for a meek surrender on Indian soil. It was in sharp contrast of their show in England where they had vanquished India in the same manner in both Test and one-day cricket.

No doubt there has been the huge advantage of the home condition but coach Duncan Fletcher, having tasted defeat in England, would definitely be pleased that the youngsters have shown tremendous character in the series so far. Be it Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane or Jharkhand pacer Varun Aaron who had a splendid debut last night, the youngsters have shown hunger and equal finesse while the seniors, in absence of several key players of the World Cup winning side, have backed themselves well.


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