India will lock horns with England in the third and final ODI on Sunday (July 17) at Old Trafford in Manchester to conclude the tour. The three-match ODI series is currently tied at 1-1 with the third game to decide the fate of the series.
India is led by Rohit Sharma while England witnesses a new era under Jos Buttler as their new white-ball captain. India thrashed the hosts by 10 wickets in the series at The Oval only for England to storm back at Lord’s and seal a 100-run victory to level the series.
Indian pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah inspired England’s capitulation with his tremendous spell with figures 6 for 19 as the hosts were shot out for 110 in 25.2 overs. Indian openers Rohit Sharma (76*) and Shikhar Dhawan (31*) made the chase very short in 18.4 overs with their fourth 100-plus stand in six innings at The Oval.
England were in a very similar situation with their top five batters back in the hut at one point with another batting collapse on the way, but Moeen Ali (47) had two important partnerships – first, he joined forces with Liam Livingstone in a 46-run stand before adding another 62 with David Willey (41) – to push the score to 246 in the first innings. England pacer Reece Topley bowled his career-best figures 6 for 24 as the visitors were bowled out for 146 at Lord’s.
England used their four-pronged pace attack quite to a great extent in the second ODI. Topley was the man for Buttler to defend the moderate score of 246 but the left-arm pacer was supported by David Willey, Craig Overton and Brydon Carse with Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali doing the job of part-time spinners in the team.
England have released Harry Brook (Yorkshire), Philip Salt (Lancashire) and Matt Parkinson (Lancashire) to play the knockout matches of the T20 Blast in Birmingham on Saturday (July 16) only to return back to the national side for the series-decider in Manchester. All three players haven’t featured in any of the ODI matches in this series so far.
England’s senior players need to fire with the bat, especially the top five comprising Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. The first ODI at The Oval was the first instance of all of them playing together since they lifted the 2019 World Cup Trophy.
England squad for ODI series against India: Jos Buttler (c & wk), Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, David Willey, Reece Topley, Brydon Carse, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Sam Curran, Philip Salt, Harry Brook.
India’s bowling unit has been impressive in the first two games with Jasprit Bumrah rattling Jos Buttler & co at The Oval then it was leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who dictated the terms at the Lord’s. The old foes of middle-order stability was once again questioned, it also became evident that India still relies on the top order heavily.
Ishan Kishan is yet to get an opportunity in the series but where will he bat with Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan to open, and Virat Kohli at No.3. India could also bring in Shardul Thakur in place of either pace bowler to create depth in the batting order.
India squad for England ODI series: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh.
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