Virat Kohli hasn't been in the best form recently. Source: AP/foxsports.com.au
India and England meet at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Tuesday, with the hosts looking to level the series after suffering a nine run defeat to the James Tredwell inspired tourists on Friday. Worryingly for India, the loss was their third in the past four 50 over matches that they have played, having suffered a 2-1 series defeat to arch rival Pakistan at the start of the year.
MS Dhoni is unlikely to make any changes to his side’s top order for this match, despite the fact that all of the batsmen got a start but were unable to go on and post a match winning score. The form of Virat Kohli must be starting to concern the hosts’ hierarchy, with the prodigious young batsman having passed 15 just once in his past six limited overs innings. Gautam Gambhir , Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina all scored half centuries in Rajkot and if one of them had of gone on to make a ton, India would probably have won the match.
England skipper Alistair Cook has said that there will be no changes to his sides top seven following their win in the series opener, after all of the batsman that reached the crease impressed. Debutant Joe Root didn’t get out to the middle but will be eager to showcase his talents in the shorter format after impressing on his Test debut. Despite the fact that five of their top six passed 40 in Rajkot, Ian Bell’s 85 was enough to top score for England, and like India, they will be hoping that one of the batsman can go on to score a big hundred.
Friday’s win was the tourists first in India from the past fourteen ODI matches between the sides in the country. When they last met at this ground, in 2006, the hosts won by four wickets.
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