India took a 1-0 lead in the ODI series with a comfortable win in the first ODI.
Expect India to win the 2nd ODI.
Team India started the 3-match ODI series against England in style as they thumped the world champions by 66 runs and took a 1-0 lead. England, who were cruising at one stage in their chase of 318, fell apart completely and badly missed the services of Joe Root in the middle-order. The team would have to regroup quickly and get their act together before the 2nd ODI on the 26th or the series could easily slip away from them. India were really good and professional for the most parts and would be focusing on continuing the same approach.
It was a classic Indian ODI performance in the 1st ODI. On being asked to bat first, they put on a solid 317-5 on the board. Opener Shikhar Dhawan starred with a superb 98 and his partnership with skipper Virat Kohli (56), set a great platform for India. However, it was the unbeaten partnership of 112 runs in just 9.3 overs between K L Rahul (62* off 43 balls) and debutant Krunal Pandya (58* off 31 balls) that really pushed India ahead in the game.
India’s bowling was under the pump initially as the English openers went berserk and were almost running away with the game. However, regular wickets by Shardul Thakur and debutant Prasidh Krishna pegged England back, and then Bhuvneshwar Kumar provided the finishing touches to wrap up the game.
India would be disappointed with the performance of spinner Kuldeep Yadav who went for runs and looked ineffective. They might give Yuzvendra Chahal a try. Also, Shreyas Iyer, who suffered an injury on his left shoulder in the game, is unlikely to feature in this series anymore and Suryakumar Yadav is likely to replace him.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav/ Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna
Krunal Pandya, Lokesh Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prasidh Krishna, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, SN Thakur
England would rue the fact that they let go an easy chance of taking a 1-0 lead in this series. They were 135-0 in 14 overs while chasing a target of 318 and should have cantered home given their strong batting lineup. However, once openers Jonny Bairstow (94) and Jason Roy (46) departed, the middle-order just collapsed. The likes of Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Sam Billings, and Moeen Ali couldn’t get going and botched up the chase even though the required run rate was well under control. To make matters worse captain Morgan and Billings have suffered injuries and are in doubt for the 2nd ODI.
England’s bowling looks a little brittle without Jofra Archer. Barring Sam Curran, Ben Stokes and to an extent Adil Rashid, the others weren’t that impressive. Mark Wood was good at the start but once again went for a lot of runs towards the end. Tom Curran too couldn’t steady the flow of runs at the end. This bowling unit would have to do a much better job against the strong Indian batting.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, AU Rashid, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Tom Curran, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Dawid Malan
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||26||0 mm.||1.43 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
|03h||28||0 mm.||2.87 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|06h||35||0 mm.||4.45 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|09h||37||0 mm.||3.36 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|12h||37||0 mm.||2.77 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|15h||31||0 mm.||2.42 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|18h||29||0 mm.||3.32 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|21h||27||0 mm.||2.36 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
The Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, has produced a great batting strip for this series. The ball is coming on nicely to the bat initially and the runs will flow in the first 15-odd overs. As the pitch softens a little, the seamers and slower bowlers will have a chance. But once a batsman gets used to the bounce of the track, they are going to dominate more.
The weather in Pune for the day of the game will be warm with the day temperature being around 33° C and the night temperatures hovering around 24° C.
As we saw in the last ODI, the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium is likely to produce some tall totals in this series. The team batting first will have to push to get a total in the range of 330-odd to feel truly under control. Even a target of 350 has been chased down on this venue and it won’t be surprising if that happens again.
The team winning the toss would be looking to field first. Even though England botched up the chase in the last game, we saw that batting second is much easier on this surface.
Team India will be supercharged after their fantastic show in the 1st ODI and will begin as favorites for the next clash. England has a very strong batting unit filled with destructive players and when they click together, they can be unstoppable. However, we have seen that India’s bowlers have been quite smart during the middle overs and choke the batsmen. Moreover, England’s bowling lacks punch at the moment. So, unless their batters shine prominently, India will dominate again.
Expect India to win the 2nd ODI.