India have a 0-1 series lead against England with three games left in their five-match ODI series.
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Commences: Saturday, Aug. 30
Start time: 10:30 a.m. BST
Live on: Sky Sports (UK), STAR Sports (India), Fox Sports (Australia), SuperSport (South Africa), PTV Sports (Pakistan), Ten Sports (Sri Lanka), Orbit Showtime Network (Middle East).
Weather: AccuWeather.com has a good forecast for most of the day. Temperatures will be fairly cool, with highs of around 19 degrees Celsius. There will be plenty of clouds and there's a slim chance of rain but not enough to disrupt an entire day's play.
For all their failures in the Test series, India looked a different side in the one-day match in Cardiff earlier in the week. They secured a massive 133-run victory via the Duckworth-Lewis method as England capitulated to a dismal 161 all out.
Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni were impressive with the bat, with Raina registering a century while Sharma and Dhoni both contributed half-tons. But India would do well to remember they started equally well in the Test series before collapsing in a heap.
In the third ODI, England’s bowling attack will be under intense scrutiny. As the pressure built in the second ODI, they started to lose the plot somewhat. Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes both suffered quite significantly, with economy rates of 7.30 and 7.71 respectively. James Anderson fought valiantly, while Chris Woakes managed a handful of wickets. Still, it was a far cry from their ferocious barrage during the Tests.
In contrast, India's bowlers, and in particular their spinners, were very tidy. England still look clueless as to how to rotate the strike when there is spin in tandem, falling for the oldest trick in the one-day cricket book.
The two teams began their tour here at Trent Bridge almost two months ago. Back then, the pitch was stodgy and poor and will have hopefully improved since then or else England will be in for yet another pasting.
There is some reprieve for England, though, with the news of Sharma being ruled out of the remainder of the tour. He will be replaced by Murali Vijay, who was India's top run scorer in the Test series.
Alex Hales top scored for England in their disastrous last outing. He's been in stellar form for his county having just scored two one-day centuries and a first-class century, all back-to-back. If he can click, England will have an anchor for their innings.
Ravi Jadeja's bowling was sheer class in the second ODI. He's not quite developed into a Test bowler yet, and who knows if he ever will, but his ability to perform in the limited-overs game remains a key asset for India.
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Karn Sharma
Alastair Cook (c), Alex Hales, Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (w), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, James Anderson, James Tredwell, Harry Gurney, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes
All stats via ESPN Cricinfo, unless otherwise stated.
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