IND vs ENG, 2nd ODI preview: India looks to seal series, faces England in Pune

Immensely talented Suryakumar Yadavis will likely get the chance to show off his ‘360-degree’ batting skills when a raging Indian team take on a rather distraught England, with the aim of sealing another series victory in the second ODI on Friday . Shreyas Iyer’s dislocated shoulder has once again put Yadav in the spotlight and his ODI debut, after a successful debut T20 outing, looks imminent after a full show from the hosts ensured an easy victory in the first. match.

Iyer was one of India’s most prolific drummers for more than 50 years before the forced lockdown of COVID-19, but the strength of the team is such that a newbie looks more formidable for a world champion opposition , which is no less threatening but seems completely confused at this point.

Being spoiled for choice is always a big puzzle for the think tank and skipper Virat Kohli will be happier than anyone.

Kohli hasn’t had Ravindra Jadeja’s services for almost three months, but neither Axar Patel in testing, and now Krunal Pandyain the ODI, have let the team miss their Rajkot maverick.

Prasidh Krishna, already a household name thanks to IPL, looked completely at ease during his debut with ODI, pressing the drummers for the beat in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.

And come to think of it, once Jadeja and Bumrah are back, a Krunal or a Krishna will chill their heels in the canoe or worse yet, will not find a place in the team, which is testament to the unimaginable depth of the talent from India. Bowl.

The biggest bright spot in the opener was Shikhar Dhawan’s return to form with a 98 game winner. He was under pressure after being benched for much of the T20 series.

The sleek southpaw would be eager to go once more. Rohit Sharma had received a blow to the elbow in Game 1 but is expected to be in good shape in time for Game 2.

In case India wants to give Rohit a short break, then Shubman Gill can open alongside Dhawan with KL Rahul entering his usual mid-order slot.

However, according to sources, Rohit is keen to crack because it is not a big deal.

It is expected that Pant would play only as a batsman and Rahul would continue to keep wickets.

Chinese bowler Kuldeep Yadav has lost 68 points in nine overs and could be replaced by leg pitcher Yuzvendra Chahal.

The rhythm trio of experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prasidh Krishana and ever-improving Shardul Thakur have taken nine of 10 wickets and are said to be eager to tip the English batting roster again.

The best part was how they came back after Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow’s first 15 chaos episodes.

Shardul has been playing continuously and it won’t be a bad option to try T Natarajan or Mohammed Siraj for a little variation.

“One of our best wins lately. We haven’t won a lot of good games in the ODI. I’m really a proud man right now,” skipper Kohli said after the first match, looking satisfied. of the team’s efforts.

Meanwhile, England will look to level the streak and stay alive in the contest.

England have a lot to think about and injuries to skipper Eoin Morgan and drummer Sam Billings while on the pitch in the opening of the lungs only added to their problems. Both look questionable for the second game.

Bairstow was among the races as he soared to 94 of 64 balls, as was his partner Roy (46).

The two are said to be looking to put on another great show and pursue the aggressive brand of cricket, which was the cornerstone of
the 2019 World Cup triumph.

Their middle order failed to live up to their potential, however, and all-rounders Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali faltered with the bat.

If England are to put in a big total or chase a score, the trio must shoot in unison.

Their main spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali were unable to disturb the Indian hitters and both went wicketless in the opener.

They’ll have to step up and deliver and with Tom Curran, who’ll have to compliment his brother Sam and rhythm spearhead Mark Wood, who has confused hitters with his speed.

Coming on Friday, it remains to be seen whether India will be able to add “another sweeter victory” or if visitors spoil their party.


India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket), KL Rahul (wicket), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur.

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Livingstone, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood.


Covers:Jake Ball, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan.

The match starts at 1:30 p.m.

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