On Tuesday India yet again showed its dominative potency in the ODI format against the best-ranked ODI team in the world. The men-in-blue have begun the ODI tri-series by winning the very first match played on Tuesday. The Lions were whitewashed by what looked like a proficient bowling and batting side. The lengthy struggle of the English-side to establish themselves as fearless as their competitors in the series has not been inconspicuous.
India and England prepare themselves for the next ODI on the 26th of March to be held at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium(MCA). While India would look forward to winning the next match given their pronounced team morale and chemistry; England will be desperate to avoid a loss on Friday lest they lose another series. India’s first innings and the opening 100-run partnership of Bairstow and Jason Roy showed how the track is advantageous for batsmen. The teams generally prefer chasing a target, given how barren the pitch is. The shorter boundaries have also proved to be beneficial for the teams.
Pune will be quite hot and humid and there are no chances of rain sabotaging the gameplay.
India Team News
Eoin Morgan won the toss and invited team India to bat first. The opening order kicked off at a slow pace. Upon the dismissal of Rohit Sharma, the English bowlers had a sigh of relief, but that did not age well. The Indian captain Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan went on to score their respective half-centuries. It was ultimately Ben Stokes who was able to fend off Dhawan from his century just 2-runs short of the 100-mark, an agonizing moment for the opener. Although the entire innings was an ebb and flow of runs, India never looked like bouncing off their rhythm.
Krunal Pandya scored the fastest fifty by a debutant coming at number 7. Pandya’s half-century off 26 balls completely demolished the English bowling. The aggressive all-rounder who just lost his father a few months prior had an emotional breakdown after smashing 7 boundaries and 2 sixes in his debut. KL Rahul and Pandya’s 112-run partnership saw the team total soar up to 317.
Prasidh Krishna’s debut 4-wicket haul was another outstanding achievement on Tuesday. The right-arm pacer burst into the scene to break the 100-run partnership of Bairstow and Jason Roy and picked other important wickets as well.
India’s aggressively placed bowling and batting orders turned England’s heat off against India. Shreyas Iyer’s shoulder injury has declared him unfit for any further team selection and will not take part in the rest of the series. This will allow Subhman Gill to take his place in the squad. The promising youngster has been in a good form off late and is capable of being a headache for the English bowlers. They will surely look forward to a win in order to seal off the series and come victorious in all the formats.
India Predicted Eleven:
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Surya Kumar Yadav, KL Rahul(w). Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.
England Team News
Although it has been a tough series for England, they have the quality to come from behind. Despite the absence of Indian star players such as Rishab Pant and Suryakumar Yadav who have been in red-hot form lately, England was not able to make the most out of it. After being handed a heavy total the English opening order started with their spirits high. Bairstow and Roy brought up a fast 135-run partnership just 14 overs into the match until Roy miscued Krishna’s ball which edged off into Suryakumar Yadav’s hands. Bairstow was also prevented from his 100 a few overs later, just 6 runs off the century mark; Shardul Thakur made sure that Jonny walked back to the pavilion.
England’s run chase which looked optimistic saw a terrible demise as none of the middle-order batsmen could commit to the team’s revival in the match. Their decision to chase such a heavy total was overturned by India. The ground has been favorable for teams batting second, because of such short boundaries, but it proved otherwise for Eoin Morgan and his team.
As England walks into the second match of the series, they will require that zeal and energy to walk the extra mile which they have not in a long time. It is about time the ICC team ranked number one in ODIs showed their class and came back in the game.
England Predicted Eleven:
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w). Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood.
It would be a delight to see if England falters against the men-in-blue or back stronger this time ahead on Friday.