India vs England | 5th ODI | Kolkata | 25/10/11

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Match facts
October 25, Kolkata
Start time 14.30 (0900 GMT)

Big Picture
England have a final chance to avoid a whitewash but the omens don't look good. India have overpowered them in all areas, relishing home conditions again after a difficult few months overseas. After the problems they faced in England this series has shown that India's 50-over game is in pretty reasonable health and it has given Duncan Fletcher another chance to look at a number of young players.
He'll have been impressed by what he has seen, too. R Ashwin has caused England no end of problems, Varun Aaron made an exciting debut, Ravindra Jadeja is a talented allrounder and Ajinkya Rahane has been a solid presence. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni has led his stand superbly - out-captaining Alastair Cook by a street - and continues to defy his enormous workload.
For England it's a less rosy picture. The batting, apart from once in Mohali, has failed to adapt to conditions and having started the tour on a crest of a wave this has been a sudden jolt back down to earth. The management won't panic, they are wiser than that, but the last two weeks has gone to reinforce that some of England's one-day game is still lagging behind.

Form guide
India WWWWL (completed games, most recent first)
England LLLLW

In the spotlight
After a year where almost everything has gone right for Alastair Cook he's again a man under pressure. Not that his place is under threat but he has come in for some criticism on this short tour, both for his own tactics and the behaviour of his team. After making a promising 60 in the opening game the runs haven't flowed, either, which has meant England have struggled for solid starts, but it doesn't yet count as a slump. Cook isn't part of the Twenty20 side so this will be his final England outing until January and he'll be desperate to leave with something positive.

The crowds for this series have been disappointing with vast numbers of empty seats in traditional hot-beds such as Mumbai. Even in India, where one-day cricket is king, the signs are emerging of overkill. This is Eden Gardens' biggest match since early 2010 - they staged World Cup fixtures but their marquee game between these two teams was moved to Bangalore - and history shows that a full house here is one of cricket's most compelling sights. That, though, appears an unlikely prospect.

Team news
There aren't many parts of India's game that haven't gone to plan, but Parthiv Patel hasn't had a productive series opening the batting and it could be a chance to give Manoj Tiwary an outing. Elsewhere, it would only be a question of whether anyone needs a rest.

India (possible): 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Manoj Tiwary, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Vinay Kumar, 11 Varun Aaron

England shook up the bowling attack in Mumbai but it was the batting that let them down again. Ian Bell remains sat on the sidelines and must be wondering what he has to do to get a game. Ravi Bopara and Jonny Bairstow have both struggled in the series so Bell could replace either of them, or Craig Kieswetter if Bairstow was given the gloves. After a game off, Graeme Swann may replace Scott Borthwick before leading the T20 side at the weekend.

England (possible): 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Stuart Meaker, 11 Steven Finn.

Pitch and conditions
Warm and sunny during the day, although perhaps not as hot as Mumbai, while dew hasn't been the major factor that it might have been during the series. For IPL matches the surface has tended to be slow and low. India would be quite happy with more of the same.

Stats and trivia
•This is England's first game in Kolkata since 2002 when India won by 22 runs despite Marcus Trescothick's 121

•England have only suffered two 5-0 series scorelines in ODIs; against Sri Lanka in 2006 and India in 2008

"There is always that balance, as we know, and part of our responsibility as a side is to get that. Sometimes on this tour, we might not have always got that balance - but I didn't see too much wrong this time."
Alastair Cook defends England's manner in the field

"We wanted to win 5-0 in England, but we couldn't. It's not always just what you want - you have to play well. We'll try to win it 5-0. But the main motivation is just to go out there and play good cricket."
MS Dhoni isn't getting to wrapped up in the scoreline

Preview: Courtesy: Cricinfo...
India should include Manoj Tiwary instead of Parthiv, who has been awful all series..
Also, I would like to play Rahul Sharma the Lanky Leg Spinner instead of Vinay Kumar..
But, I don't think that's going to happen....
41/0 after 10

this pitch will become very low and slow as the match goes on
Good partnership this, they should accelerate now
Interesting twist in events. Lets see if India can get out of this.
Dhoni 21 runs in 40 balls to 75 from 69!!!!! Amazing finisher..paces his innings very well!!
91 from last 10 overs.
60 from last 5 overs.

That's too many runs given by England especially when India had lost so many wickets early.
Michael Vaughan on Twitter: "Officially the best ODI cricketer in the world... MS DHONI... "

Congrats Vaughan you took your time but understood finally :p
If class is defined by slogging over the leg side.

Can't wait to see him bat on a pitch with a bit of life in it come the Australia tour.

CB series in Australia in 2008 MSD- 369 runs@70

Yeah was just about to look up that stat for SempreSami's benefit. Regardless of the way he scores his runs, or where he scores them, no-one can deny that Dhoni is an incredible ODI batsmen, lethal at the death, and so calm under pressure.

As Pakistan fans, we happily praise the likes of Afridi and Razzaq when they score runs by "slogging over the leg side", so we should acknowledge Dhoni's skill.

Add to this his innings in the World Cup Final, up there with the greatest ODI innings of all time in my view, and you start to get an idea of his talent.
340* for dhoni since he was last dismissed in an ODI!

England must be sick off the sight off Dhoni!
If class is defined by slogging over the leg side.

Can't wait to see him bat on a pitch with a bit of life in it come the Australia tour.

dhoni was one of the main reasons why we reached the vbseries finals itself last time there.remember the way how he took the team home in crisis time in that tri series.Now dont tell me it was way back in 2008.This is just to say he can bat in those pitches too.
I neglected to mention against Ryan Harris and a red ball. Him and Raina will be needing a change of trolleys.
I neglected to mention against Ryan Harris and a red ball. Him and Raina will be needing a change of trolleys.
I will take a slogger who can win us a world cup final than some classy tuk tuk who lets you down near the shore.
England build way to much pressure on them selves and today, Trott has to play quick!
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