The hosts India and the visitors England will now meet for the second game of the three-match ODI series this Friday (26th March) at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Pune).
Currently, the hosts are leading this ODI series by 1-0. India won the first ODI by 66 runs. After the hosts scored 317/5 (50 overs) in that game, the visitors managed to score 251 runs before losing their all wickets.
India vs England 2021, 2nd ODI: Match Preview
The hosts India claimed a great victory in the first ODI and another victory will secure this ODI series for the home team.
Shreyas Iyer has reportedly been ruled out from this series due to a left shoulder injury that he received during the first ODI. Vice-captain Rohit Sharma also didn’t come on the field during the second innings due to his right elbow injury which he sustained during the first innings.
During the first ODI of this series, Shikhar Dhawan and captain Virat Kohli provided a strong start along with in-form Rohit Sharma. While Rohit scored 28 runs in the first ODI, Kohli scored 56 runs and Dhawan just missed his century by getting out for 98 runs. Later, KL Rahul finally scored good runs along with ODI debutant Krunal Pandya’s firing knock. While Rahul scored 62 not out off 43 balls, Krunal scored 58 not out off 31 balls.
International cricket debutant Prasidh Krishna recorded India’s best bowling figures on the ODI debut with bowling figures of 8.1-1-54-4. Though he was very expensive in his first three overs, he also changed the game by breaking the dangerous-looking opening partnership (135 runs partnership in 14.1 overs) by dismissing Jason Roy (46 off 35 balls). Shardul Thakur is also providing crucial breakthroughs when the team need most as his bowling figures in the first ODI were 6-0-37-3, including dismissing most dangerous batsman Jonny Bairstow (94 off 66 balls).
Another pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is now slowly returning to his familiar form as he was economical during the first ODI with bowling figures of 9-0-30-2.
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (doubtful), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), KL Rahul (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur.
While the visitors England lost the first ODI of this series, they now must have to win both the remaining matches of this series to snatch away this ODI series. However, the visitors are not in a good position to fight back as captain Eoin Morgan has been ruled out due to finger injuries while Sam Billings will miss at least the second ODI due to a left collar bone injury.
Jos Buttler will now lead the England team in the remainder of this series. While Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow provided the super-strong start during the chasing in the first ODI, where they set up the 135 runs partnership for the opening wicket, the other batters failed to maintain the next situation as the visitors suffered a very disappointing defeat in the first ODI.
Earlier, in that ODI match, Ben Stokes bowled really well as he had bowling figures of 8-1-34-3. Apart from him, only Mark Wood took wickets for England in the first ODI as Wood had bowling figures of 10-1-75-2. English bowlers conceded a total of 112 runs in the last ten overs which was one of the major reason why the visitors suffered defeat in the ODI series opener.
Jos Buttler (C), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Livingstone, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood, Dawid Malan.
India vs England 2021, 2nd ODI: Match Prediction
As England are battling with the injuries, the hosts India are more favourite for the second ODI of this series.