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Team India aims to finish on a high note

Last updated on: January 26, 2013 13:43 IST

Team India aims to finish on a high note

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A morale-boosting series win sealed, India would be aiming to finish with a flourish when they take on England in the inconsequential fifth and final One-dayer at the picturesque HPCA stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday.

A 4-1 victory might not heal the scars of a Test series loss against the same opponents but it will surely inject a fresh lease of life in Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men ahead of their next Test assignment against Michael Clarke's Australia.

The skipper himself will certainly feel good as he is leading from the front and walking the talk of shouldering more responsibility upfront having successfully wielded his willow.

With the series already decided, the match is of academic interest but for the team management and the national selectors, there are a few areas that they would like to check out.


Image: Team India
Photographs: BCCI

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Rohit relishing the role of opener

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The skipper hit the 'bull's eye' with his ploy of sending Rohit Sharma as an opener and which certainly means ominous signs for Gautam Gambhir.

Gambhir is one player, who would like to make it count simply because opportunities might soon dry up for the Delhi lad.

Ajinkya Rahane may have been benched in the last match after having an indifferent start in the first three matches but the youngster is expected to get more chances in the future.

If Rohit gets settled in the role of an opener and Rahane is given an extended run, Sunday might as well be the last chance for Gambhir in the limited overs for the time being.


Image: Rohit Sharma
Photographs: BCCI

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Raina, Kohli key men for India

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Suresh Raina is certainly basking in the new found glory of being a good finisher and Virat Kohli will like to play an innings like the one in Ranchi to end the series on a high.

There couldn't have been a perfect setting for the series finale as Dharamsala can be easily compared with Newlands in Cape Town or the John Davies Oval in Queenstown as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world.

The temperature is perfect and with the bright sunshine beating down on the 22-yards, the batsmen are expected to do well but the open nature of the ground might help the seamers during the early part of the day.


Image: Suresh Raina
Photographs: BCCI

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Ideal conditions for seamers

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar might just revel in these conditions with his ability to swing the ball.

Shami Ahmed, on the other hand, would like to make amends for leaking runs in the last game in Mohali.

Ishant Sharma, who is slowly and surely looking like getting into the groove, will also look to consolidate his place in the shorter format as someone responding to the name of Umesh Yadav might soon be back in action.

For the England team, they have nothing to lose and will come out all guns blazing as a 2-3 ODI series defeat would look much better than a 1-4 hammering.


Image: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Photographs: BCCI

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Dernbach will look to make amends

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It will also be time for Alastair Cook to introspect about what exactly has been wrong with the team in the shorter formats especially after excelling in the longer version.

Kevin Pietersen's 76 was a bright spot in the batting line-up while Cook will also aim to carry on from where he left in Mohali.

England's main concern, however, has been their pacers with Jade Dernbach and Tim Bresnan unable to figure out the right length to bowl in Indian conditions. 

Dernbach, especially has been consistently leaking runs. The only bowler who has made some kind of impact is the lanky Steven Finn. 

He has extracted steep bounce and bowled in right areas to trouble the Indian batsmen consistently.


Image: Jade Dernbach
Photographs: Gareth Copley Getty Images

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