India vs. England 2021
2nd ODI – Fri, 26th March
India Want to Dominate:
Despite being constrained to just a par total, Team India’s fresh bowling attack performed as they defeated world champions England in the first ODI game. Riding on the feats of debutants Prasidh Krishna and Krunal Pandya, the hosts could get over Jonny Bairstow’s explosive batting.
Nevertheless, India will need to negotiate with Shreyas Iyer’s injury, which has sidelined him out of the series. But with the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant itching to make their marks, India will be looking for another series victory at the expense of England.
Possible playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, KL Rahul (WK), Yuzvendra Chahal Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Virat Kohli (C), Rishabh Pant/Suryakumar Yadav, and Prasidh Krishna.
England are the Champs:
Speaking of England, they would be regretting losing the first ODI. Their extremely fruitful template of going on an all-out attack failed as they yielded a position of supremacy in the middle overs.
Nevertheless, the leading world champions can upturn their fortunes, with skipper Eoin Morgan eager to come good in the series. English bowlers will need to develop a healthier performance if they are to distress India’s enormously capable batting unit.
Possible playing XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Eoin Morgan (C), and Reece Topley/Tom Curran.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The second ODI game between England and India will take place at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on 26th March Friday.
As seen in the last game, the wicket is a good one to bat on, with 300 being the essential minimum at the ground. While the speedsters primarily got the ball to move around, they will attempt to attack the batters with the back of a length ball, a trick that worked well in the last ODI.
Although there isn’t much turn on offer for the spin bowlers, variations in speed could do the trap for them. Batting first would be the perfect choice upon winning the toss despite dew anticipated to play a part in the second innings.
The Indians are the firm favourites to conquest Friday’s match, with England missing experience on the bowling line-up. Nevertheless, Eoin Morgan and men have sufficient in the reservoir to twist the script and level the numbers in what potentials to be an enthralling game of ODI cricket in Pune.
Nothing doing here. Indians are at the pre-match odds of 1.61, while England is at 2.35. The first game at least gave us a proposal for a trade. But the visitors are going to come back hard. There will be room for manoeuvre if English bowlers crack through the solid Indian batting line-up.