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India to try out young guns, Eng to play for pride

cricket Updated: Nov 25, 2008 13:01 IST
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With the series already in their pocket, India will now aim for a 7-0 whitewash in the one-day cricket series against England as they go into the fifth game in Cuttack on Wednesday with the intention of giving some of the bench players the chance to prove their worth.

The hosts have taken an unassailable 4-0 lead but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's bravehearts are not likely to show any mercy on the visitors in the day-night contest at the Barabati stadium.

Outplayed, outpaced and out-thought, England ran for covers in all the four matches they lost though they were a trifle unlucky when Duckworth and Lewis method favoured the hosts twice.

England will play to salvage some pride, trying to start it afresh here while for India it will be time for some experiments as they plan to give an opportunity to the reserve players, who have not played a single match yet.

Delhi's Virat Kohli is expected to get a berth in the playing eleven, having played his last ODI at Dambulla in Sri Lanka series.

Replaced with Rudra Pratap Singh, Irfan Pathan is also tipped for a comeback while Pragyan Ojha will be relishing at the prospect of getting a call to bowl his left-arm spin against the English batsmen on his home ground.

With seven victories in their last eight one-dayers -- three against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka and four against the visitors, Dhoni has done nothing wrong so far.