The three-match ODI series between India and England is levelled at 1-1, with the decider to be played at Old Trafford, Manchester on Sunday (July 17).
India started off the series with a massive 10-wicket victory in the first match, when Jasprit Bumrah returned with the figures of 6/19 before Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 76.
However, the second ODI saw the Men in Blue taking a 180 degree downward turn. India’s batting vulnerabilities were once again exposed as Rohit’s men lost by 100 runs while chasing 247 runs. The only change India made from first to second game was Virat Kohli replacing Shreyas Iyer.
India’s bowling attack has come well on both occasions, but it is their batting that has lead down the team. Rohit and the think tank are unlikely to make any changes as the series is on line and a few big names won’t be playing against West Indies.
England, on the other hand, bounced back from their nightmarish outing in the first game, when they were bundled out for just 110. However, the Three Lions, too, would be aiming for a better performance with the bat. Their bowling, just like India, had been spot on as Reece Topley took 6/24 in the second ODI.
Predicted Playing XIs:
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna.
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Craig Overton, Brydon Carse, Reece Topley.
The third and final ODI match will begin at 3.30 pm IST.
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