The visitors England will again face the hosts India in the second ODI of the three-match series this Friday (26th March) at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Pune).
England are trailing this series by a 1-0 margin as they suffered a 66-run defeat in the first ODI at Pune. Before the second ODI, England are in more trouble as the skipper Eoin Morgan has been ruled out from the remainder of this series due to finger injuries while Sam Billings is out of the second ODI at least due to a left collar bone injury.
India vs England 2021, 2nd ODI: England’s Predicted XI
Opener Jason Roy is currently in very good form with the bat but somehow he has been stuck in the 40s in this India tour. After scoring three 40s during the recently concluded T20I series in this tour, Roy scored 46 off 35 balls in the first ODI where he also set up the 135 runs partnership in only 14.2 overs.
Jonny Bairstow is now totally in a different form in white-ball cricket. While he struggled during the late Test series in this tour, he first played some strong cricket in the T20I series and then scored firing 94 off 66 balls during the first ODI where he hit 6 fours and 5 sixes.
Dawid Malan has joined the ODI squad after the two latest injuries. In the T20I series of this tour, he majorly struggled to score big runs despite getting some good starts but scored 68 runs during the last game of that T20I series. He has played only ODI as he made his ODI debut on 3rd May 2019 where he scored 24 runs against Ireland at Dublin (Malahide).
Jos Buttler (C & wk)
In the absence of captain Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler will lead this remainder of the ODI series. Buttler was in great form during the recent T20I series in this tour where he scored two big scores of 83* (his highest T20I score) and 52 runs. In the first ODI, Buttler was dismissed for just 2 runs. He is going to be a very crucial player for the remaining matches of this series.
In the absence of Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone is ready to make his ODI debut, which has been recently confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) through their official website. Though he didn’t much impress in two T20Is, which he played in June 2017, he recently impressed in T20 leagues with his consistent all-round performances.
As England are missing some crucial players for the remainder of this tour, Ben Stokes is going to be more crucial now for the visitors. After some decent performances in the Test and T20I series of this tour, Stokes performed well with the ball in hand in the first ODI of this tour by picking up three wickets (3/34), which was also his first ODI match since the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final.
All-rounder Moeen Ali appeared in the first ODI of this series where he failed to take a wicket in his expensive three overs (0/28), but when England were deeply struggling, Moeen showed some fight back with his 30 runs off 37 balls.
After playing only one T20I match in this tour due to the absence of then-injured Mark Wood, Tom Curran again played in the first ODI of this series. However, he was very expensive in that game as he had bowling figures of 10-0-63-0. While he earlier had bowling figures of 7-0-28-0, he conceded 35 runs in the death overs.
The leg-spinner Adil Rashid is a very crucial name in the England limited-overs teams. After some fighting performances with the ball in the T20I series, he was expensive in the first ODI where his bowling figures were 9-0-66-0.
The right-arm fast bowler Mark Wood hugely impressed during the T20I series of this tour. In the first ODI, Wood took two crucial wickets of Indian skipper Virat Kohli (56) and Shreyas Iyer (6) but he finished with bowling figures of 10-1-75-2.
The left-arm pacer Reece Topley may replace Sam Curran in the playing XI for the second ODI. While the latter has failed to impress in the limited-overs matches in this tour, where he has also got some limited opportunities, Topley can earn a fresh chance who has taken 17 wickets in 11 ODIs.