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England vs. India: Second One Day International- Preview

Posted on September 5, 2011 by in 40/50-over

Due to the rain in Chester-le-Street that forced the first One Day International to be abandoned, this series does not feel like it is properly underway yet. Such are the joys of playing ODIs in September, though the weather forecast for Southampton is a dry afternoon (following a wet morning) which hopefully will allow for this day/night match to be completed.

India, as ever on this tour, are depleted by injuries: Sachin Tendulkar has now been ruled out of the rest of the tour with his inflamed toe and Rohit Sharma had his finger broken up at Durham. Neither of the replacements are yet available, so India are expected to select five front-line bowlers. On the other hand, Graeme Swann is likely to be fit to play, presumably at the expense of Samit Patel.

Tim Bresnan

England will be hopeful of a big score after the previous damp squib when both openers fell cheaply. There are several mutterings amongst the staff at 51allout that Craig Kieswetter is not deserving of a place in the ODI team, so expect him to score a big hundred. India should probably have made a higher total than their 274 at the Riverside; we think a similar score in the first innings at the Rose Bowl will be a competitive total for either side.

The match starts at 14:00 and we will be updating you on progress throughout the afternoon and evening via twitter @51allout.

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