Team England have won the toss against India in the 3rd ODI at Pune and elected to field first. The three-match ODI series comes to a close on Sunday with the final game of the series being the decider. So far in the two games played, team India won the first match by 66 runs while England came back in the second ODI to beat the hosts by 6 wickets.
The pitch at the MCA Stadium in Pune has been batting-friendly so far and a lot of runs have been scored in the first two games. Fielding first after winning the toss can be a healthy option for both sides as due comes in the latter half of the game and plays a crucial role. The Men in Blue have not won the toss even once in this series so far.
India vs England 2021: 3rd ODI, Pune- Toss Report
Team England have won the toss against India in the 3rd ODI at Pune and elected to field first. As far as the team news is concerned, team India might go with a few changes in the side. Kuldeep Yadav was the weak link in the last game for the hosts and he has been replaced with T Natarajan. The Men in Blue have gone with an additional bowler as Hardik Pandya has not bowled in the series so far.
The English batsmen were right on the money in the last game and we might not see any possible change in the batting lineup. However, Tom Curran proved to be ineffective in the last game and he might be replaced with Mark Wood as Reece Topley had a fantastic outing in the last game.
India’s Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Prasidh Krishna.
England’s Playing XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w/c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley.
The Hosts Are On The Verge Of A Shameful Record
Virat Kohli and his men are on the verge of a shameful record going into the final ODI of the series. A loss in the final game might prove to be India’s third straight ODI series loss. They also lost the ODI series against New Zealand and Australia that took place last year. Ever since Virat Kohli has asserted the throne, the Men in Blue have not lost three consecutive ODI series.
As for the Englishmen, a win in the last game will bring a lot of relief as they haven’t been able to salvage series victories so far on the tour. The hosts won the four-match Test series by 3-1 and also the five-match T20I series by 3-2.