Middlesex v Indians, one-dayer, Lord's August 22, 2014

Kohli, Rayudu fire in Indians' win

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India 230 (Rayudu 72, Kohli 71, Rayner 4-32) beat Middlesex 135 (Karn 3-14) by 95 runs
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Nearly two months into the tour, two ducks and four other single-figures scores later, Virat Kohli registered his first fifty, leading the Indians to a win in their only warm-up one-day match before the ODI series starts on Monday. This won't even count as an official fifty or a List A win because India persisted with their policy of letting the whole squad play. The win, at any rate, came against the lowly ranked Middlesex, who have won only three of their eight domestic one-day matches this year. And after they batted with reduced intensity to be bowled out for 230. Middlesex did have Steve Finn and Eoin Morgan playing, but a few of them were not first-choice Middlesex players.

Ravi Shastri, the new team director, was seen in the dressing room, wearing a suit. He spent a lot of time talking to Duncan Fletcher, but he also seemed to be having discussions with other players. MS Dhoni gave the game a miss, but he came out to field in the afternoon after having spent an hour and a half in the gym.

Apart from Kohli, Ambati Rayudu scored 72 before voluntarily ending his innings. The Indians were 211 for 5 at the end of 40 overs when Rayudu went off the field. The next four wickets fell for 19 runs in 26 deliveries. The lower order had been a bit like India's top order, playing too many shots. Shikhar Dhawan found mid-off after he danced down the wicket to the left-arm pace of Gurjit Sandhu. Rohit Sharma managed to get caught at third man on the shorter side of the ground: the match was played at the edge of a square, which meant the boundary on one side was barely 45 yards. Ajinkya Rahane tried to force a short-of-a-length delivery on the up, and found mid-on. At 52 for 3 after 13.3 overs, Kohli and Rayudu came together.

Kohli did seem to have the same problem as in the Tests when he faced Finn, following shortish balls with a vertical bat not intent on hitting them hard. After he survived that spell without edging, Kohli played freely. He hit quicks over extra cover, drove down the ground, and also gave the spinners the charge. Against Ravi Patel's left-arm spin, Kohli hit a six over extra cover, chipped over that man for three, nearly got stumped, but followed up next ball with a straight loft for four. Patel finally got him caught at the wicket, though.

Rayudu's innings set off with a couple of fours to the short boundary - wide mid-on in his case - but he hardly got to face Finn. He did bat ahead of Suresh Raina, who was sent out only as an afterthought when nine wickets had fallen with plenty of overs to spare. Raina proceeded to walk past an offbreak from Ollie Rayner, who had earlier taken two good return catches.

Middlesex were hapless with the bat, which will make judging the bowling a little difficult. Their batsmen didn't possess a range of shots. Two of the first three wickets fell to strangles down the leg side, and Dawid Malan was bowled, beaten for pace by Mohammed Shami. Once Eoin Morgan fell for 16, trying to give Mohit Sharma the charge and edging through a shortish delivery, the game was all but over. India tried eight bowlers, giving everyone but the part-timers a go. Except for Ravindra Jadeja, everyone got a wicket. Karn Sharma got three.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Naresh28 on August 26, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Kohli will hit form again. I feel Sanju Samson should be groomed for the number 4 slot in the different formats. Indian batsman do better when attacking than defending as in the Tests. We should not forget November 2013 in Bangalore when Rohit Sharma hit that 200 in an ODI.

  • on August 23, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    I just couldn't believe they batted Jadeja & Ashwin ahead of Samson! Samson's got the ability to build an innings! He is not a lower order pinch hitter! Sad to see him being misused even in a List A match :(

  • on August 23, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    At least drop jadeja now and pick karan/bunny instead....

  • on August 23, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Rohit sharma doesnt deserve seat in any format of indian cricket team. For england one day series the playing eleven may be as:- sikhar,sanju samson,kohli,raina,ambati,dhoni,binny,ashwin,bhuvi,umesh/shami ahmed,ishant. According to me this will b ideal

  • drose17 on August 23, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    1st match 1. Rohit 2. Rahane 3. Kohli 4. Raina 5. Rayadu 6. Dhoni 7. Binny 8. K sharma 9. Ashwin 10. BHUVI 11. Shami India should go with 5 bowlers Bhuvi ashwin shami can bowl 10 overs each =30 Binny karn Raina can divide 20 overs = 20 =50 each Also rohit and rayadu can maybe chip in a overs here and there Our batting can bat down deep india should play this 11

  • on August 23, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    I dont understand why so many people want raina in the team.. He has been so hapless against good fast bowling even on Indian pitches.. His form seems to come out only when he plays the IPL.. I dont think he deserves a place in the team just bcoz he's a good fielder.. Same for Jadeja, he has played decently.. But when we have an ption in karn Sharma, we must play him.. Jadeja couldnt even manage a wicket against this weak side.. Also, Karn is a wicket taking bowler, he & Ashwin will be a better combination, than Jadeja-Ashwin.. Karn can bat well too.. My team would be: Shikhar, Rohit, Kohli, Rayudu/Rahane, Dhoni, Samson(wk), Ashwin, Karn, Bhuvi, Umesh, Shami (or drop a pacer for playing both Rayudu & Rahane).. Dhoni shoudnt be keeping wickets, so that he can concentrate better on captaincy & batting..

  • BustIPL on August 23, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    india's team for first odi 1.Rohit 2.Shikkar 3.Virat 4.Raina 5.MSD 6.Rayudu 7.Jaddu 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvi 10.Shami 11. Mohit/Umesh

  • on August 23, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    I wonder how rohith maintains a spot in the team...and talking about raina,how would u expect him to face quality pace bowling overseas..and we became used to see indians playing with 9 players (rohith and jadeja).. My team would be 1.dhawan 2.rahane 3.kohli 4.rayudu 5.Dhoni 6.samson 7.aswin 8.k.sharma 9.bhuvaneshwar kumar 10.mohammed shami 11.umesh yadav..... It would hv been better to hv a left arm pacer..irfan would have been cool.

  • Prathap94 on August 23, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Suresh Raina Have to bat top of the order. My Team Choice : 1. Ajinkya Rahane, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. Suresh Raina, 5. M.S. Dhoni, 6. Ambati Rayudu, 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. Ravi Ashwin, 9. Buvaneshwar Kumar, 10. Mohmed Shami, 11. Umesh Yadav.

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Rohit or Rahena cant be opening the game. If it happens india will never win match. Sanju and Dhawan should open. We cant say jadu best all rounder though he has 30 above average. he also very worst in overseas. They can give 1 or 2 match for jadu, if it not works they can try K.Sharma. Dhoni should get down pos #4 or 5. There is nothing to do with the name good finisher, If you r g'ng to loose the match. Indian bat-side is very worst, no way other than managing. Hope 1ly raina, raydu, dhoni and aswin cn withstand england bwl'ng attack. Rest all, I not hav any hope.

    My Batting lineup : Sanju, dhawan, raydu, Kholi, Dhoni, raina, Aswin, jadu/K.Sharma/binny, bhu, M.Sharma, I.sharma.

  • Naresh28 on August 26, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Kohli will hit form again. I feel Sanju Samson should be groomed for the number 4 slot in the different formats. Indian batsman do better when attacking than defending as in the Tests. We should not forget November 2013 in Bangalore when Rohit Sharma hit that 200 in an ODI.

  • on August 23, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    I just couldn't believe they batted Jadeja & Ashwin ahead of Samson! Samson's got the ability to build an innings! He is not a lower order pinch hitter! Sad to see him being misused even in a List A match :(

  • on August 23, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    At least drop jadeja now and pick karan/bunny instead....

  • on August 23, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Rohit sharma doesnt deserve seat in any format of indian cricket team. For england one day series the playing eleven may be as:- sikhar,sanju samson,kohli,raina,ambati,dhoni,binny,ashwin,bhuvi,umesh/shami ahmed,ishant. According to me this will b ideal

  • drose17 on August 23, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    1st match 1. Rohit 2. Rahane 3. Kohli 4. Raina 5. Rayadu 6. Dhoni 7. Binny 8. K sharma 9. Ashwin 10. BHUVI 11. Shami India should go with 5 bowlers Bhuvi ashwin shami can bowl 10 overs each =30 Binny karn Raina can divide 20 overs = 20 =50 each Also rohit and rayadu can maybe chip in a overs here and there Our batting can bat down deep india should play this 11

  • on August 23, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    I dont understand why so many people want raina in the team.. He has been so hapless against good fast bowling even on Indian pitches.. His form seems to come out only when he plays the IPL.. I dont think he deserves a place in the team just bcoz he's a good fielder.. Same for Jadeja, he has played decently.. But when we have an ption in karn Sharma, we must play him.. Jadeja couldnt even manage a wicket against this weak side.. Also, Karn is a wicket taking bowler, he & Ashwin will be a better combination, than Jadeja-Ashwin.. Karn can bat well too.. My team would be: Shikhar, Rohit, Kohli, Rayudu/Rahane, Dhoni, Samson(wk), Ashwin, Karn, Bhuvi, Umesh, Shami (or drop a pacer for playing both Rayudu & Rahane).. Dhoni shoudnt be keeping wickets, so that he can concentrate better on captaincy & batting..

  • BustIPL on August 23, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    india's team for first odi 1.Rohit 2.Shikkar 3.Virat 4.Raina 5.MSD 6.Rayudu 7.Jaddu 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvi 10.Shami 11. Mohit/Umesh

  • on August 23, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    I wonder how rohith maintains a spot in the team...and talking about raina,how would u expect him to face quality pace bowling overseas..and we became used to see indians playing with 9 players (rohith and jadeja).. My team would be 1.dhawan 2.rahane 3.kohli 4.rayudu 5.Dhoni 6.samson 7.aswin 8.k.sharma 9.bhuvaneshwar kumar 10.mohammed shami 11.umesh yadav..... It would hv been better to hv a left arm pacer..irfan would have been cool.

  • Prathap94 on August 23, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Suresh Raina Have to bat top of the order. My Team Choice : 1. Ajinkya Rahane, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. Suresh Raina, 5. M.S. Dhoni, 6. Ambati Rayudu, 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. Ravi Ashwin, 9. Buvaneshwar Kumar, 10. Mohmed Shami, 11. Umesh Yadav.

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Rohit or Rahena cant be opening the game. If it happens india will never win match. Sanju and Dhawan should open. We cant say jadu best all rounder though he has 30 above average. he also very worst in overseas. They can give 1 or 2 match for jadu, if it not works they can try K.Sharma. Dhoni should get down pos #4 or 5. There is nothing to do with the name good finisher, If you r g'ng to loose the match. Indian bat-side is very worst, no way other than managing. Hope 1ly raina, raydu, dhoni and aswin cn withstand england bwl'ng attack. Rest all, I not hav any hope.

    My Batting lineup : Sanju, dhawan, raydu, Kholi, Dhoni, raina, Aswin, jadu/K.Sharma/binny, bhu, M.Sharma, I.sharma.

  • on August 23, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    India shd go wit r sharma, dhawan, kohli, raina, dhoni, Samson/ rayudu , r jadeja, ashwin, b Kumar m shami, u yadav Samson has better technique compare to rayudu but rayudu has been wit d team so he mite b d automatic choice

  • CodandChips on August 23, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    I think India should consider:

    1.Pujara/Rahane 2.Sharma 3.Kohli 4.Rayudu 5.Dhoni 6.Raina 7.Ashwin 8.Jadeja 9.Kumar plus 2 bowlers- possibly including Umesh Yadav.

    This batting order gives more stability while allowing Dhoni, the world's best finisher, more times to bat.

    Perhaps India ought to consider resting important players for a period of time between now and the world cup. Do they really need to play CLT20?

  • CodandChips on August 23, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Middlesex are so surprisingly bad. Their seam bowling depth is second only to Surrey. In this game they left out the talented duo of Roland-Jones and Murtagh but still had Finn, Harris and the new Podmore who has impressed this year. And you'd expect more of a batting lineup featuring Paul Stirling and Eoin Morgan. Even though there were some second choice players, you'd still expect more, despite the awful white-ball cricket they've played this season.

    Surely India will gain the confidence of a win. Confidence seeded to disappear over the test series so India will need to try and get it back. Victories will slowly help.

    India are one of the best ODI sides around. They won the champions trophy last year. England's test series victory counts for nothing in this ODI series, perhaps except causing mental baggage for one or two.

  • aby_97 on August 23, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    My XI would be : Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Rayudu, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jaddu, Bhuvi, Shami, Mohit.

    It's a toss between Mohit and Dhawal.Mohit has Dhon's confidence and hence he would get the nod.Umesh has been expensive in the shorter format and hence, Dhoni wouldn't trust him.

    Persist with the opening for 3 matches even if it fails because Rohi, Dhawan and Kohli have a good rapport between them and if the Top.3 click, No need for the batting remaining.All the Best, India !

  • on August 23, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    one innings change the opinion about rayudu...this is the problem with indian fans

  • on August 23, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Jadeja is a very good limited overs player. Over the years he has improved as a batsman in the ODI unit and his strike rate is also improved and he bowls good 10 overs. No need to replace jadeja ash combo in ODI's. Rayudu had done well in India A tours. He must bat at 6 and raina at 4 and dhoni at 5. Rahane is a class player in tests ,but his ODI batting is pretty poor. This must be india's team for first odi 1.Rohit 2.Shikkar 3.Virat 4.Raina 5.MSD 6.Rayudu 7.Jaddu 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvi 10.Shami 11. Mohit/Umesh

  • ragcool81 on August 23, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    My Team, Rahane, Jadeja, Kohli, Rayudu, Dhoni, Raina, Binny, Bhuvi, K Sharma, Kulkarni, I Sharma/other bowler.

  • annys on August 23, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    My team for first Odi 1.Dhawan 2. Rahane/Samson 3. Kohli 4. Rayudu 5. Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Aswin 8. Jadeja/Binny 9.Bhuvi 10.Umesh 11. Mohit

    play attacking fearless cricket, its better to be 70 allout by being positive than 110 allout by being negative :)

  • on August 23, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    guys jadeja is best bowler for india in odi in last 2 years, and he is better batsman in odis than in tests.right now jadeja's stat in odi are 120 wickets in 100 odd games and nearly 1600 runs at an avg of nearly 34.any great allrounder would be proud of it.

  • BustIPL on August 23, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Indian limited overs form has not been too good. They lost both asia cup and t20 world cup in bangladesh. They have won in bangladesh but it was with a weaker outfit though. India should be using their formula and lineup that played champions trophy with one or two changes gradually changing lineup if needed.

  • on August 23, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    In my opinion it is the batting of the englad that may decide the outcome of this odi series. I am telling like this because one thing is sure indian odi batting is great and they will try to score as many runs as possible against england bowlers and the pitch, pace, swing etc do not count as much as the test cricket so indian batsmen will get lots of runs even if england bowls well, so if england wants to win this odi series then they need to do some aggressive yet sensible batting. They cannot do the passive batting they displayed against srilanka in their recent odi series. Aggressive batting risks losing wickets too but a passive and slow batting is not going to take england anywhere, so if they want to win this odi series then they need to bat very aggressively. Of course the bowling and fielding too needs to be of topnotch but england has to try to amass huge totals if they bat first, and be able to chase whatever target is put if they bat second.

  • on August 23, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    If India is gonna win this ODI Series, Indians will start forgetting the Test Match loses :D and Dhoni's captaincy will not be under scrutiny, and Kohli's batting woes as well will not be under scrutiny. Thanks to IPL that made Indians play shortest format of the game in a very good manner. If this proceeds, India may not win any test series outside Indian Sub continent.

  • gundapps on August 23, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Rohit has not been able to replicate his Champions Trophy form and looks jaded. He should be replaced. Karn Sharma should play in all matches. Indian batters weakness against the moving ball will continue to haunt them in the ODIs and it will require some good bowling from the Indian side to make the series competitive.

  • on August 23, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Sanju Samson is a very talented cricketer who I have been following from his under-13 years. He is a cut above the rest in his age group, but I feel the Indian team management is not giving him the proper chances to bat higher up the order. For the India A series in Australia, he was sent as low down the order as No.7, but still he proved his class by topping the batting chart. Now, in England against Middlesex, he is sent in at No.8, whereas Jadeja, Ashwin and all others went up above him. I wonder if he will be ever given a chance against England in the one dayers. They are trying to suppress his talent by not giving him the right chances, but talent can never be suppressed. He will prove sooner or later he is a class by himself.

  • on August 23, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    After seeing Indians batting order in the warm up match it would be like the follwing Openers(1&2)--Rohit Sharma & Shikar Dhawan 3.Kohli 4.Mostly Rayudu as he got a half century or Rahane 5.Mostly Samson because Raina batted too low and i think he does not have the confidence of the team management 6.Dhoni 7.Probably Jadeja if Dhoni does something new then Karn 8.Ashwin 9.B Kumar 10&11(UMesh ,Shami ,Mohit,Kulkarni) any 2.

  • Realistic_cri_fan on August 23, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    No place in the team for Binny,Jadeja..Team 11 should have 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers. Bhuvi.Kulkarni.Ashwin.Karn are must. One among Mohit/ Shami/ Yadav. Batsmen are Dhawan,Kohli,Rayudu,Raina,Dhoni. Rahane or Rohit opening with Dhawan.

  • Oracle_Magus on August 23, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Most of the Indian Batsmen are naturally aggressive. In the test matches, they were outside their comfort zone when they took up a defensive approach. Had they stuck to their strengths, they could have definitely scored, even if they did not stay long at the crease. It's the defensive mindset that pulled them down. Whenever the Indians got aggressive, it had broken the rhythm of the English bowlers, but somehow, the boys went into a shell, mid way in the series. One day is more suited for the Indian team, but the English has proved to be a brave bunch and they will come with all guns blazing. Our boys have to put the test series behind and with aggressive batting, try to move the English bowlers out of their comfort zone. It will be a though contest. May the better team win. Cheers!!!

  • BUCG on August 23, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    @Pravin Jeshani: Dude, there can be never ever a replacement for Sehwag! He is one of a kind! You should be praying that he is brought back in the team before it's too late!

  • jmcilhinney on August 23, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    The big problem is that it's really hard to draw any conclusions from this game. Against a below average county side, it really was up to India to provide the intensity but, as seems to be Duncan Fletcher's way, they didn't bother. Yes, Virat Kohli made a decent score but it was barely more than a net session. I'm not sure they've really helped themselves by messing about with a county side who were also hardly giving it their all.

  • on August 23, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    As far as opener goes India should stick with rohit sharma and dhawan. This is the best opener we have. India must play 7 batsman, out of whom raina, rohit, raydu, virat can bowl. Bhuvi, umesh, karn sharma, kulkarni/shami/mohit sharma. Shikhar dhoni rahane/Samson are other 3 batsman

  • on August 23, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    Would have been happy of the indian than had played the allotted 50 overs. Agaist a third rung team to be bowled out in 44 overs is abig worry. Finn troubled the indian batsmen incl Virat. He was pulled out so that the Indians don't get familiarised with him. It's going to be tough when the real matches begin. Anderson is again going to be India's nemesis. With Finn and ET all to support Anderson. 5-0 is going to be the outcome in favour of England. At best 4-1. What will Ravi Shastri do if India loses the ODI. Give up both coaching and commentary? Hopefully he does.

  • vik56in on August 23, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    Kohli is back to where he belongs to ! ODIS ! Kohli should only play ODIs and 20/20s.

  • on August 22, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    what a great day for Indian cricket

  • on August 22, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    cant wait for odis. cant wait for kohli being back in form. monday please come soon.

  • on August 22, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    Super replacements for sehwag!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 22, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    So Kohli has @ last shown his 'talent' v lowly ranked Middelsex county!Now the odi series where normal service resumes.With Kohli getting poss. only 50 he will score in tour.And Ind getting W albeit a practice match.Now to ltd over series.6-0 Eng,ODIs+t20

  • on August 22, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    @Sateesh Thota. And drop whom? Rohit Sharma or shikhar dhawan? Best bowler and best batsman from this match will find it tough to make first odi's 11. Tough to see bold decisions to play karn Sharma ahead of Jadeja or Ashwin and rayudu ahead of Rohit Sharma or dhawan or Raina for that matter (all 3 failed although Raina had only one chance walking in as an after thought but Rohit and dhawan opened and failed here and also failed in the tests). So would be the right thing to do but unlike Indian think tank to make such bold decisions. I would be proud of them if they do so though.

  • BustIPL on August 22, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    One of the reasons for test defeat was the low intensity warmups. It was said to be the preference of the coach fletcher and it was expected shastri will opt for the high intensity game but he didnt. Fans want to draw conclusions about indias future in this series but they cant. Overall impact made by the indian team in this warmup was below par and fans are concerned how it will perform with reduced batting and bowling resources against english team many times stronger than middlesex.

  • ramz30380 on August 22, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    Kohli's 70 does not mean anything against this ordinary side with the exception of Finn.... No matter how much I like tht guy, for the better of Indian cricket they shud've dropped him for the last Test. Didnt happen - he can be a diff player in the shorter formats - so lets hope for the best! I dont see any big changes in the ODI XI to be picked from the one tht played in NZ.... Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Raina, Rahane, MSD, SRJ, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami/Yadav Mohit Sharma - this will be the XI most likely. Karn & Samson are back-ups only!

  • Ms.Cricket on August 22, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Yoohoo, this proves beyond doubt that India are champions!!

  • BustIPL on August 22, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    Whatever be the intensity of the games, india lose 10 wickets. Finn was acccurate while ryener the off spinner continued from Moeen Ali. Looks like indian batsmen dont like ball coming in and rather want to play leg spinners and historically been more successful against leggies. They like width to hit through and get out in slips as a result. Most of the runs scored by india were given by indian origin bowlers may be to Kohli.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 22, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    @Chris_P, Very true, but even less when its a 17 vs 15 rather than XI vs XI as the XI generally has a standard batting and bowling units made up of first choice and fringe players.

    It 2 bowlers start to get thrashed around in a standard XI you have problems as because you don't want part-timers bowling 15-20 overs.where as in this situation if that happens you just sub in a more experienced player from the bench.

  • Nampally on August 22, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    It was great to see Karn Sharma running thru' the tail like hot knife thru' Butter! India need wkt. taking spinners as they had on previous England tours under MAK Pataudi & Wadekar. Karn is slower version of RH leg spinner Chandra who was super wkt. taker in England. On the other hand Jadeja operating in tandem did his defensive job of 0 for 14 while Karn had 3 for 14. India needs bowlers who take wkts. Dhoni's defensive tactics have not encouraged the wkt. takers. Secondly it was heartening to see Kohli & Rayudu hitting form with scores in 70's. This is badly needed for India. But the opening batsmen are still failing. India need regular openers not converted ones like Rohit Sharma or pokers like Dhawan. India has a glut of openers- Uthappa, Nair, Rahul, Samson & Chand to name a few.Without good regular openers India cannot succeed in England as the 5 Test series 3-1 Loss showed. Luckily Yadev is in the squad. I do not think Binny qualifies to play for India in any format!

  • mzm149 on August 22, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    I want to see Anderson's annihilation of Kohli once again.

  • mzm149 on August 22, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    There are only two players from Middlesex who will be part of playing XI of England team. There is nothing we can predict from the outcome of this game on actual series.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 22, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    India will lose this ODI Series as well. Well, actually I want them to lose, which will be a blessing in disguise for Indian cricket.

  • on August 22, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Open with Rahane..don't want Rayudu and Rahane In middle order.lack big hits from both guys..

  • Chris_P on August 22, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding.Actually my friend, you can't read anything into these matches, they are practice matches, historically have shown zero impact to what followed. Agree with you India should go into the series as favourites, but who knows how much, if any, mental damage from the last 3 tests remain? That is pure speculation as is the chance factor these type of matches allow for. Cheers.

  • on August 22, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    kohli performing well but Rohit has to do some at opening... to be better????

  • TRAM on August 22, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Good international bowlers/batsmen are supposed to grab lot of wkts/runs against lesser teams. But no individual in this India team seems to perform like that. So I predict (surprise) that India will struggle in ODIs as well. If they struggle against Finn they will struggle against Eng regular bowlers. If 95-150 is the test score what would be the ODI score? 50-100?

  • YorkshirePudding on August 22, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Its always difficult to read these results as you tend to get a Stacked Batting lineup and then a stacked bowling line up. In the end it can go both ways, still I expect India to win the ODI series, but if England can take 1 or 2 games from them then it will be a moral victory ahead of the world cup and this should be the basis of a future WC squad and for the ODI tours to SL, NZ(?) and Aus later in the year

  • on August 22, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    I am a bit amused reading comments posted by a few fellow Indian fans.If I read the scorecard right this great Indian lineup musterd 230 and that got all out in 44 overs against a side which is not so greatly rated and not a single bowler other Finn is known and top it of 230 150+ is scored by 2 players yet another wonderful batting collapse India use 8 bowlers who bowl 40 overs against a line where except Morgan.People are already talking of 5-0 for India.Guys seriously did you read Virat was struggling against Finn do you things English bowlers are gonna give a respite.For Ppl hoping for Sanju in the squad aint happening as long as MSD is skipper Shastri wont do much atleast for first 2 odi usual 11 ie dhawan rohit kholi rahane raina dhoni jaddu ashwin bhuvi shami and yadav.rayudu in for rahane is possible else this will be the squad.As a Indian fan would love India loosing 5-0 as sleeping BCCI woke up after test debacle time to let these millionares know perform or perish

  • gbz22 on August 22, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Why have they left amit mishra out again? He was great in T20WC except last couple of matches. He's a confidence bowler, but doesn't have dhoni's confidence. Against a team traditionally weak against leg spin, he would have been very effective. You may not play him against SL, Pak, but you must play him against eng, WI, aus, nz..

  • desiboy454 on August 22, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Shouldn't get overly excited with this win, this was a 3rd string side and we only scored 230. I am glad Karna Sharma got a go and got wickets. He is a wicket taker, he should replace Jadeja for first 2 games, and if he fails bring back jadeja. We need a look at him before WC. Opening combination is still off, they havent performed in overseas ODIs. Rahane at 4 is a waste, and brings down the middle order. Open with Rahane and Shikar, drop Rohit. 1. Rahane 2. Shikar 3. Virat 4. Rayadu 5. MSD 6. Suresh Raina/Samson 7. Karn Sharma 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Mohit 11. Umesh..

  • RaghuProdhutoori on August 22, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Its good to hear that virat has scored runs...I feel like he should play with same approach in tests instead of trying to play slowly and ending in giving up his wicket.... My playing XI will be 1)Rahane 2)samson/rohit 3)Kohli 4)rayudu 5)raina 6)dhoni 7)karan sharma 8)ashwin 9)bhuvi 10)Mohit 11)shami/umesh

  • on August 22, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    After this good performance in practice match will Rayudu and Karan will get chance to play 1st ODI___??? then according to you who is the best playing 11___??? my playing 11 is 1) Dhawan 2) Rahane 3) Kohli 4) Rayudu 5) Raina 6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Karan 9) Bhuvi 10) Mohit 11) Umesh I know it will not make any difference.. as a excited Indian cricket fan I'm posting :P

  • on August 22, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    If India's 5-0 defeat can make selectors forget useless players like Shikhar, Rohit, Jadeja, Binny, Rayudu & Shami for the rest of life then I would be more than happy to see India getting whitewashed in ODIs.

  • on August 22, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Going by the practice game, I doubt Binny will play, which is probably better for India, since, at his pace, he would be demolished by the likes of Hales, Lumb and Morgan. Virat looks like he's back, and let's hope he stays that way. The issue with the openers, India must try and find suitable replacements for Dhawan, Rohit. Even Rahane failed, so there's a huge hole in the line up. Raina did bat last, but that was probably because they wanted to give everyone a hit. Samson, having failed today, might have to wait a couple more matches. India's line up, can easily be predicted. Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Rahane /Rayudu, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Yadav. Kulkarni, Karn Sharma impressed today, especially Karn Sharma, and Jadeja 's place in the team could be under threat, unless he does what he did in England last year during the Champions Trophy.

  • on August 22, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Playing karn sharma in final 11 can be a surprise factor for England. Select the team in form instead of team in fame. Best possible team I see is:

    Sampson, Rahane, Kohli, Rayudu, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Karn sharma, Bhuvneswar, Dhawal kulkarni, M Shami

  • on August 22, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    After showing good performance in practice match will Rayudu and Karan will get chance to play 1st ODI ? then according to you who is the best playing 11 ... my playing 11 is 1) Dhawan 2) Rehane 3) Kohli 4) Rayudu 5) Raina 6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Karan 9) Bhuvi 10) Mohit 11) Umesh

  • on August 22, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Looking this performance India will surely choose ambati raydu so Team combination becomes 7 batsman 4 bowler. If you want bring something new to the team than choose karn sharma over jadeja and ash win. So 7 bars man are rohit shikhar virat raydu raina dhoni ajinkya/Samson and bowler bhuvi Karn sharma umesh, shami/mm dharma

  • on August 22, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu have to play in playing 11

  • Prakmca on August 22, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    So 6 overs for 14 runs, Jadeja will play for sure in the coming ODIs...Dhoni will not drop him at any cost.. We need a caoch or director to override Dhonis team selections.... By having Rahane (in ODIs), Jadeja (in any format) India will never win.

  • Test_Match_Fan on August 22, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    yup now there is an excuse for selectors to retain Kohli for the next test match!

  • Starvybz on August 22, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    and so begins england's limited overs nightmare

  • BustIPL on August 22, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Eight of indian best frontline bowlers got 10 wickets of lowly rated MidSex which had only one notable batsmen in Morgan and 11 indian batsmen including all rounders could only muster 230 against a bowling lineup that only had Finn. Interestingly both finn nd morgan have not been in that good form. So, real challenge is coming.

  • on August 22, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    This is the turning point for india.virat strik and ashwin seams to be good.India will win 5-0

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  • on August 22, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    This is the turning point for india.virat strik and ashwin seams to be good.India will win 5-0

  • BustIPL on August 22, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Eight of indian best frontline bowlers got 10 wickets of lowly rated MidSex which had only one notable batsmen in Morgan and 11 indian batsmen including all rounders could only muster 230 against a bowling lineup that only had Finn. Interestingly both finn nd morgan have not been in that good form. So, real challenge is coming.

  • Starvybz on August 22, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    and so begins england's limited overs nightmare

  • Test_Match_Fan on August 22, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    yup now there is an excuse for selectors to retain Kohli for the next test match!

  • Prakmca on August 22, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    So 6 overs for 14 runs, Jadeja will play for sure in the coming ODIs...Dhoni will not drop him at any cost.. We need a caoch or director to override Dhonis team selections.... By having Rahane (in ODIs), Jadeja (in any format) India will never win.

  • on August 22, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu have to play in playing 11

  • on August 22, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Looking this performance India will surely choose ambati raydu so Team combination becomes 7 batsman 4 bowler. If you want bring something new to the team than choose karn sharma over jadeja and ash win. So 7 bars man are rohit shikhar virat raydu raina dhoni ajinkya/Samson and bowler bhuvi Karn sharma umesh, shami/mm dharma

  • on August 22, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    After showing good performance in practice match will Rayudu and Karan will get chance to play 1st ODI ? then according to you who is the best playing 11 ... my playing 11 is 1) Dhawan 2) Rehane 3) Kohli 4) Rayudu 5) Raina 6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Karan 9) Bhuvi 10) Mohit 11) Umesh

  • on August 22, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Playing karn sharma in final 11 can be a surprise factor for England. Select the team in form instead of team in fame. Best possible team I see is:

    Sampson, Rahane, Kohli, Rayudu, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Karn sharma, Bhuvneswar, Dhawal kulkarni, M Shami

  • on August 22, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Going by the practice game, I doubt Binny will play, which is probably better for India, since, at his pace, he would be demolished by the likes of Hales, Lumb and Morgan. Virat looks like he's back, and let's hope he stays that way. The issue with the openers, India must try and find suitable replacements for Dhawan, Rohit. Even Rahane failed, so there's a huge hole in the line up. Raina did bat last, but that was probably because they wanted to give everyone a hit. Samson, having failed today, might have to wait a couple more matches. India's line up, can easily be predicted. Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Rahane /Rayudu, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Yadav. Kulkarni, Karn Sharma impressed today, especially Karn Sharma, and Jadeja 's place in the team could be under threat, unless he does what he did in England last year during the Champions Trophy.