India will look to maintain dominance
New Delhi: Buoyed by the resounding 126-run triumph in the opening game, India will seek to maintain their supremacy as they go into the second cricket one-dayer against England here tomorrow with the focus on grooming the young brigade.
The emphatic victory in Hyderabad will no doubt serve as a huge morale-booster for the team which failed to win a single international match during their recent nightmarish tour of England.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men have taken the first step in their redemption journey by taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match contest but will have to guard against complacency against the visitors who have vastly improved as an ODI team.
The hosts will seek to exploit the home conditions and it will be interesting to see how England, who had come here well in advance to get acclimatised to the conditions, respond to the challenge in what has been dubbed as the `payback series`.
The Indians gave a good account of themselves in Hyderabad despite the injury-induced absence of a host of seniors, including Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan, and indications are that they may retain the winning combination. With an out-of-form Harbhajan Singh dropped for the first two matches of the series, India have a rather inexperienced bowling attack with paceman Praveen Kumar being the most experienced.
The spin duo of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who scalped three wickets apiece in Hyderabad, will again have a big role to play at the Ferozeshah Kotla where the track was expected to assist the slow bowlers.