After getting two vital points against Australia in Sydney, where rain played spoilsport, India face England in virtual semi-final on 30th of January 2015 at Perth. The Indian team is hampered with the poor form of their opener Shikhar Dhawan. While Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the reminder of the tri series, it’ll upto to Ajinkya Rahane and Dhawan to provide a good start. Ambati Rayadu threw away his wicket in the previous match. He needs to learn spending time at crease. This will be a last chance for the Indian captain to get the right combination. They lost their previous match against England by a bonus point. The pitch at WACA is supposed to have good pace and bounce which might help the England fast bowlers. With Ravindra Jadeja coming into the team it will bring the much needed stability at the right time. The Indian team must play positive cricket.
On the other hand, England will be looking to repeat their performance what they did against India at Brisbane. They will be looking for their fast bowlers to pick up initial wickets. James Anderson, Steve Finn , Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad will the key men for them. In the batting department, Bell has been the main batsmen for them in the previous two matches against India and Australia. He scored 141 against Australia. The bowling department did not bowl well against Australia which let them chase down 303 runs. Rest of the batting must contribute significantly.
It promises to be an exciting match as it will be a contest between India’s batting versus England bowling. MS Dhoni must use this oppournity to his fullest and play in an aggressive manner. By winning this match they will go as confident unit if they reach finals. The 30th of January will provide some good cricket from both the teams and may the best team wins.
Probable Playing XI for India:
Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Mohit Sharma
Probable Playing XI for England:
Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, James Taylor, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steven Finn