Talk about comeback..the visitors showcased excellent resistance and perseverance to make a stunning comeback against team India, chasing down the target of 336 runs with 6 wickets and more than six overs to spare. The win for England now means the 3-match series stands level at 1-1 and once again we are promised to be witnessing yet another gripping series decider. The third and deciding match of the series is scheduled to take place at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Pune, this Sunday.
The Indians after losing their 9th toss of the tour were put in bat first once again and they did manage to better their previous total as the Indian team courtesy of a classy century by KL Rahul and fifties by the skipper- Virat Kohli and youngster- Rishabh Pant ensured the hosts got to a mammoth total of 336 runs in their quota of 50-overs.
The Three Lions had a flying start to their innings once again and this time, facing no hiccups this time unlike the horrendous batting collapse in the last ODI. England started strong and finished strong, Chasing down India’s mammoth total of 336 with more than six overs to spare. Jonny Bairstow continued his fine form by attaining his much deserved century and a blistering knock from Stokes beat the wind out of the Indian bowlers.
Heading to the final match poised to be the series decider, Can the Indians find it in themselves to break the English might? Or will world No.1 prove to be difficult to bypass?
Match Toss Time: 13:00 Local (07:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 13:30 Local (08:00 GMT)
Match Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Head to Head
Matches Played: 102, India: 54, England: 43, N/R: 3, Tied: 2
As expected not much has changed from the previous days with no chance of rain forecasted, clear skies will make sure conditions are ideal for cricket. With another hot day looming, Temperatures are expected to hover around 38 degrees celsius with 11% humidity and 11km/hr wind speed throughout the day.
The strip at the MCA stadium will definitely favor the batsman with the score of 300 already being breached thrice in 4 innings in this series. But it does offer pace and bounce early on in the innings but no turn available for the spinners. With the dew being in factor during the second innings, the toss will be vital as the winner would ideally choose to field first. We will be looking at a match aggregate of 600 once again.
India would not look to make too many changes in the batting order from the last ODI with Rishabh Pant impressing coming in for the injured Shreyas Iyer. However, they could opt to bring in Yuzvendra Chahal instead of Kuldeep Yadav who has been largely ineffective in the last two ODI’s.
Team England are likely to continue with an unchanged eleven for the series decider, doing a pretty good job with bat and ball during the last ODI. With Eoin Morgan still ruled out due to the injury sustained in the first ODI, Jos Buttler will continue to lead the side
Probable Playing XI
India (IND): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna
England (ENG): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (C & wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley
IND vs ENG Fantasy Team
KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Liam Livingstone, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Reece Topley
Captain picks: Jonny Bairstow (ENG), Virat Kohli (IND)
Vice-Captain picks: Rohit Sharma (IND), Ben Stokes (ENG)
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