The Men in Blue will aim to continue the same form in the second ODI to be played at Lord’s, London on Thursday. The first ODI held at Kennington Oval was easily won by the Men in Blue. A stellar performance from both the bowling and batting side of the squad saw India take its first win in the 3-match ODI series. Jasprit Bumrah was the ‘Player of the Match’ in the previous match. In his 7.2 over spell, he scalped 6 wickets while conceding just 19 runs. His bowling partner Mohammed Shami also helped him with a 3/31 spell as England’s total fell to just 110 and the entire England squad fell in just 25 overs.
The small total of 110 runs was chased by the opening partnership of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, which led India to its first win in the ODI series.
Excellent performances from both pacers show how in good shape they are and they should definitely be watched by England batsmen and fans alike. The explosive bowling by both of them and other pacesetters in the squad like Hardik Pandya and Prasidh Krishna will be supported by spinners like Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja looking for English batsmen. India’s bowling attack certainly looks strong for the next match, also after the great performance in the first match.
After limiting the England squad to a total of just 110 runs, it was all up to the Indian batsmen to win the match for the team and they did not disappoint.
The opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan was enough to reach the total of 110 runs as the duo made 76 and 31 runs respectively to win the match for the team. Both openers look in very good shape. Dhawan, who recently regained his place in the squad, is looking forward to cementing his position next year for the upcoming Over-50s World Cup.
Virat Kohli who missed the previous game due to a groin injury is also expected to miss the next game. The former captain’s position in the squad is dwindling due to his recent poor performances. Young players such as Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer will also be looking for a spot in the squad for the World Cup, so this series will be very important to them.
England’s first game was far from what anyone would expect from such a squad. The entire lineup will do everything they can to give their best after a disappointing performance from both the bowlers and batsmen of the squad.
Captain Jos Buttler and David Willey gave their best and were able to put in a respectable performance compared to how the squad performed.
Buttler scored a good 30 runs in 32 balls, which was the most by a player for England, while Willey scored 21 runs but was bowled by star of the match Bumrah.
Jason Roy, Joe Root and Ben Stokes are all star players of England but underperformed because they all went for ducks. Also Jonny Bairstow couldn’t do much and scored only 7 points.
The squad may not look like they are in the best shape right now, but their class is not one to sleep on. All of them are capable of delivering match winning performance in the upcoming match.
The squad also has tremendous depth in their bowling lineup. Spin specialists such as Matt Parkinson, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone will pose a huge threat to Indian batters.
After failing to take wickets in the first game, the England squad comes up with newer strategies. David Willey and Reece Topley will try to increase the threat spinners pose to the Indian batsmen.
India’s squad for 3 ODIs: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (World Cup), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, J Bumrah , Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Shami, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh.
England ODI squad: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willy.
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