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India vs. England 2021 : INDIANS WILL AIM MONSTER TOTAL || 1st ODI

India vs. England 2021

1st ODI – Tue, 23rd March

India is Poised:

Although Virat Kohli and the team are not in the best of shapes in the 50-over game, the existence of genuine superstars such as Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma should hold them in a good position. With their bowling line-up also finding their bases in the T20I series, expectations are high amongst the Indians.

There are many alternatives in India’s ODI playing XI, with a couple of debutants entering the roster. Kuldeep Yadav could get some much-deserved game time, although Yuzvendra Chahal is expected to be the first option wrist-spinner.

Possible playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya, KL Rahul (WK), Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, and T Natarajan.

Joe Root Absent:

England will be eyeing to retrieve some lost dignity with a strong display in the ODIs. With the ICC T20 World Cup a few months from now, the English would want to get acquainted with the situations. 

There aren’t many new players from the team that appeared in the T20Is, though there may perhaps be a debut on the cards for Liam Livingstone with Joe Root absent for this series. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy should come back to the opening spot for England. 

Possible playing XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali/Sam Billings, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Mark Wood Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan (C), and Reece Topley/Tom Curran. 

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

The first ODI game between England and India will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on March 23 Tuesday.

The Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium ordinarily is a high-scoring ground and shouldn’t be any changed on Tuesday. Regardless of the ball expected to slide nicely onto the bat, the speedsters should get the ball to move around in the initial phases. As the match proceeds, the spin bowlers should also have a say, making for a thrilling contest between bat and ball in the mid-overs. Batting first would be the perfect choice upon winning the toss, though circumstances shouldn’t change much during the course of the game. 275-285 is par at this ground, although both sides can breach the 300-run mark with comfort.

Tops Value:

The Indians are the favourites moving into this series, although world champions England are more than adept at overturning the script in Pune. Indian is at the pre-match odds of 1.62, while England is at the odds of 2.35.

With no doubt about India’s capability and grit, it is challenging to argue for the visiting team being worth at such thin odds. England doesn’t deserve the gap. The best work for such a market is to expect some movement in England’s odds. With the likes of Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli taking centre phase over the next few days, we should be in for an additional cracking series between England and India, this time in the ODIs.