India look to end England tour with T20 win

Having won ODI series, India will be eager to win lone T20 before leaving English shores

Birmingham: The odd loss in the final ODI notwithstanding, India are expected to hold an edge as the visitors seek to bring the curtains down on what has been a mixed tour with a victory in the only T20 International against England here on Sunday.

Champagne stuff: MS Dhoni & Co celebrate their 3-1 ODI series win over England at Headingley on Friday. Pic/Getty Images
Champagne stuff: MS Dhoni & Co celebrate their 3-1 ODI series win over England at Headingley on Friday. Pic/Getty Images 

Having suffered a 1-3 defeat in the Test series, the Indians found their bearings in the one-dayers, clinching the five-match series 3-1 despite losing Friday's inconsequential final game by 41 runs at Leeds.

After struggling to get going in the five-day format, the inclusion of fresh legs such as Suresh Raina for the one-day internationals gave the team the much-needed impetus.

Kohli's form a worry
Young batsmen such as Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan too fared better in the blue jersey though Virat Kohli's woeful run of form remains a major cause for concern for the Indian think-tank.

Considered the mainstay of Indian line-up till recently, Kohli's run of poor scores continued in the shorter format and the batsman would be keen to at least end the tour on a decent note.

Though they flopped in the inconsequential final ODI, both Rahane and Dhawan have had good outings in the penultimate game, with the former notching up a smashing century.

Raina has been good on and off while Ambati Rayudu (53) and Jadeja (87) showed their ability with the willow on the Headingley wicket.

Shami comes good
As far as bowling is concerned, the Indians enjoyed greater success in the ODIs, with Mohammad Shami managing to impress even captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni with his effort in the death overs on Friday.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar relishes bowling on seaming conditions and would be keen to extract something out of the Edgbaston track. Dhoni has another option in Umesh Yadav though it remains to seen whether the pacer is picked after a lackluster outing in Leeds.

Number of T20 matches that India and England have faced off in. England have won four while India have won thrice  

'Work on death bowling skills'
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has sent out a message to his pacers to work on their "death bowling" skills if the ODI world champions are to defend their title Down Under next year.

The Men in Blue suffered a 41-run defeat at the hands of England in the fifth and final one-day international here on Friday but still won the series 3-1 after posting three crushing wins on the trot.

"Death-over bowling is something which I would like to improve because conditions in Australia-New Zealand will be very different.

"We are not playing too many games in New Zealand but the grounds are not very big there. So we cannot use spinners too much after the 40th over and to some extent it will put extra pressure on fast bowlers," he said.

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