England vs India 5th ODI Preview
The first ever One Day International between England and India took place at Headingley and the venue will also be host to the fifth and final ODI meeting between the two sides this summer.
And before you take advantage of Paddy Power’s free £20 bet, it seems only right to take a look back at that encounter from July 1974.
The two game series, which took place just before the First World Cup, was part of India’s tour of England and it was the visitors first ODI series with the winner collecting the Prudential Trophy.
England won the toss and elected to field, triumphing by four wickets to take a 1-0 series lead with India all-out for 265 after 53.5 overs.
Brijesh Patel provided the biggest resistance for the visitors with 82 runs before he was finally caught by Keith Fletcher.
John Edrich was named player-of-the-match, meanwhile, with the left-hander’s match winning score of 90 helping England to their required 266.
The run score was twice as high as his nearest teammate and included six 4s and one 6.
Chris Old had earlier taken three wickets while Geoff Arnold, Robin Jackson and Bob Woolmer all took two each.
Tong Greig took just one wicket, but it was the all important 9th and final wicket as the stubborn Patel finally folded.
The second ODI of the series took place at the Oval and again England were victorious, this time by a six wicket margin.
Patel was unable to repeat his performance from the first match and he was out after just 12 runs as India were all out for 171 after 47.3 overs.
Vinoo Mankad was the highest scorer for the visitors with 44 and he was final man to fall.
Old took another three wickets for England, as did Jackson while Fletcher finished with 55 runs in the low-scoring game.
Fans attending the the final match this year will no doubt be hoping for a more exciting fixture as the two sides concluded their 5 game series.
And with the World Cup less than six months away it is a great chance for both sides to begin building their squads for the competition.
England also face Sri Lanka later this year in a series of ODI’s matches before participating in a triangular series against Australia and India.
That will see England involved in a minimum of four ODI’s and a potential final as they complete their World Cup preparation.
Debutant Alex Hales will be hoping to cement his place in the squad with a solid showing during the fifth and final One Day International against India.
The Nottinghamshire batsman linked up with the squad in the form of his life and will be aiming for a place at this Winter’s World Cup.