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India opt to bowl in maiden ODI in Ranchi

Posted on Jan 19, 04:51PM | IBNS

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to field against England in the third ODI of the five-match series and the first in his hometown Ranchi here Saturday.

India have an unchanged side while a fit again Tim Bresnan is back in the England team replacing Chris Woakes.

Dhoni said playing the first ODI at his home town means a lot.

"(Playing in Ranchi) It means a lot, a very special feeling. I have grown up here, played a lot of cricket and of the 40,000 people in the ground, I must have played tennis-ball cricket with at least 15,000," said Dhoni.

"Lot of credit goes to the state cricket association and its president. It has hardly taken three years to build this ground. There was a lot of dew when we practiced here in the evening the last two days," he said.

England captain Alastair Cook said dew will be an important factor.

"Dew is going to be an important factor. Looks a good wicket. Bresnan is back, Woakes unlucky to miss out," said Cook.

India: Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Shami Ahmed

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Ian Bell, Kavin Pietersen, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter (wicketkeeper), Samit Patel, James Tredwell, Steve Finn, Jade Dernbach, Tim Bresnan