After a stellar show in first ODI, the Indian batting surrended in front of Joe Root’s 100 in Lords in the 2nd ODI. With the series now levelled at 1-1, it is important for both teams to show good character and give a entertaining game to the audience. Specifically India is one who needs to step-up show some character in both Batting as well as Bowling.
Head-to-Head: Both India & England have met 6 times at the Headingly Stadium, Leeds with England holding 4-2 win record against India.
Pitch: The match is slated to be played at Headingly Stadium in Leeds. The pitch is expected to favour fast bowlers up-front and with a early start the swing bowlers might get something to cheer for.
India- With loss in the 2nd match, India is expected to replace KL.Rahul and strengthen their batting with Dinesh Karthik, who is expected to take no. 6 slot so MS.Dhoni can bat at 4 or 5 which indeed gives India a goof balance. Meanwhile Siddarth Kaul is slated to be axed after a poor run in the series and Shardul Thakur is expected to join the XI if Bhuvneshwar is not fit.
Playing XI: Rohit, Shikhar, Virat(C), MS.Dhoni(Wk), Raina, DK, Hardik, B.Kumar/Shardul, Kuldeep, Chahal, Umesh
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England- After a great win, no changes are expected.
Just In: Sam Billings has been called as in cover for injured Roy who looks doubtful for tomorrow’s game.
Playing XI: Billings, Bairstow, Root, Morgan(C), Buttler(Wk), Stokes, M.Ali, Willey, Rashid, Plunkett, Wood
Eoin Morgan( Captain, England)
The English Captain said that he is not pleased as well as is not in favour of Bilateral Series as it reduces competitiveness.
Virat Kohli( Captain, India)
The Indian Captain said it was a team fault that we lost the match and on e person cannot be blamed and it was not a good sign for us losing this badly.