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Stuart Dalgleish 26th Feb 2011 - 21:16

Will England put in the hard Yards?

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England (7/4) showed their inconsistencies against Holland in their World Cup opener, first the fielding and bowling was dreadful then they ended up achieving one of the highest run-chases in World Cup history.

They can't afford any of the same lapses against the favourites India (4/9) or they'll get severely punished.

That was the silver lining in the first game, even though they allowed Holland about 50 or so too many runs, it was Holland and they were never likely to bowl England out.

They got away with it then, and I think changes should be made to make sure they don't get themselves in that situation again.

The most obvious change to me would be bringing in an extra spinner in Michael Yardy (22/1 top Eng bat, 13/2 top Eng bowler), probably at the expense of Ravi Bopara (8/1 top Eng bat).

It's not that I think Bopara did anything wrong, and he seems to be playing well when called upon lately, probably because there's not as much pressure on him as a 'back-up' player, he wouldn't have got a look-in if it weren't for Eoin Morgan's injury.

I just think that Yardy is a very reliable player with bat and ball, and is a solid head when it comes to finishing off a run-chase, while also giving Andrew Strauss (10/3 top Eng bat) another option if Graeme Swann (11/4 top Eng bowler) isn't getting any joy.

Swann certainly didn't get much joy against the Dutch, he should've had at least one more wicket when James Anderson (7/2 top Eng bowler) and Kevin Pietersen (10/3 top Eng bat) both stood and watched each other as the ball fell between them when Ryan ten Doeschate was on 47, the Dutchman going on of course to score a fantastic century.

That was just one of a host of errors from England and you hope they have put it to bed with the batting talent that awaits them in Bangalore.

The man everyone will be looking at is Virender Sehwag (10/3 top Ind bat) after the opener's outstanding knock of 175 in the first match of the tournament, World Cup record holder extraordinaire Sachin Tendulkar (10/3) only had a brief stay at the crease in that match scoring just 28 but I'm sure he'll be desperate to get another big score in this competition.

Virat Kohli (9/2) was another centurion from the Bangladesh game, his 203 run stand with Sehwag meant that another of India's huge talents went unused.

That man is Yuvraj Singh (13/2), and Stuart Broad (3/1 top Eng bowler) will be hoping to not see too much of him on Sunday either as the batsman plundered Broad for six sixes in an over at the 2007 World Twenty20, the first time it had happened in a match between two Test-playing nations.

Broad was one of the better bowlers for England against Holland though, and if conditions are to favour the quicks because of the recent rain in Bangalore then he'll be a key factor in the game.

Generally though in the subcontinent you look towards spinners to get the wickets, meaning England will have to be on their guard for Harbhajan Singh (11/4 top Ind bowler).

The spinner hasn't got an ODI five-for in a while, but he's someone that plays on passion so if the crowd are pumped up then Harbhajan will be too, this is something of course that could work in England's favour though if they get under his skin and try put him off his game.

This should be a cracker, and if England get their line right and keep their concentration in the hostile atmosphere they've got a great chance.

They just can't allow India's batsmen the same sloppiness in the field that they did against Holland or they could be looking at a 350+ target to chase.



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