Host India targets clean sweep in the one day series against England at

Virat Kohli-led India is ready to take on struggling England in the last ODI of the three-match series at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Sunday.

The hosts, after having already won the series, will be looking to produce another good performance and complete a stunning whitewash over the visitors, who lost both matches after having their opposition in serious trouble with strikes from the new ball.

The team management will be extremely pleased with stunning victory in the second match, courtesy after a 200 plus partnership between veterans Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Coach Anil Kumble will be hoping that captain Kohli will return to his usual best after missing out rarely in the last match, whereas in bowling, he will be hoping that pacers will come to the party on seamer-friendly looking track.

Even though the series’ fate is already decided, there are not many chances of major shuffling in the playing eleven come Sunday, which means there will be no place for middle-order batsman Manish Pandey.

However, there are chances that right-handed batsman Ajinkya Rahane might get a game in place of struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan.

For visitors, coming to Eden Gardens does not hold a good memory. Last time when Eoin Morgan’s men played at the venue, in-form Carlos Brathwaite stunned them with four sixes off four consecutive deliveries to seal an unlikely victory in the final of the World T20 in April last year.

The visitors have already dealt a blow after opener Alex Hales ruled out of the rest of the tour following hand injury, which means Sam Billings will get another go at the top order along with Jason Roy, but there are no more major changes expected in the final eleven.

The English team management will be hoping that their batting unit, who scored two scores of 350 plus and yet ended up on the losing side, will continue to deliver, whereas the pacers are bound to get more assistance than they did in the previous matches.

There is plenty of grass left on the pitch, which means English team will feel a lot more at home compared to other venues in the country, whereas the weather is expected to stay fine.

 

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