Can India’s ODI team seal the series against England?

Can the Indian ODI Team win the series in the second game at Pune, against an injury-hit England?
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Hosts aim to win series against a downbeat English team

After an eventful first game, India’s ODI team will look to seal the series in the 2nd ODI at Pune. India outclassed England once again, despite losing the toss. In the last three games, India have managed to defend three totals – two in the T20Is and now one in the ODI’s.

It is a pretty rare feat against a batting powerhouse such as England – who have depth down the order. It will be interesting to see how Eoin Morgan’s men fight back after a poor run of chases.

First ODI recap

India 317-5 (Dhawan 98, Stokes 3-34)

England 251 all out (Bairstow 94, Krishna 4-54)

Hosts won by 66 runs.


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Dhawan the destroyer 

Shikhar Dhawan showed glimpses of top-form in the first ODI against England, where he smashed 98 from just 106 balls, including 11 fours and 2 sixes.

His comeback is a massive plus for India because he missed the last four T20I’s in the series. Had he failed in the first ODI, India may have had a choice to make, about whether to trial younger options. However, his experience has proven once again and he should see out the rest of the series.

A big game player if ever there was one.

Shikhar’s body language was amazing when he wasn’t playing. He was so helpful for us. Today he deserved the result. He batted in the most toughest phase today and got 95 which is more valuable than what the scoreboard shows: Virat Kohli

Dhawan will be hoping to carry his form into the next two games, in order to keep his spot in India’s ODI team.

The Prasidh Krishna puzzle

Prasidh Krishna had a fantastic, yet uncanny debut in the first ODI.  He did not start well. In fact, he was hit for 22 runs in his third over. Bairstow picked up his length quite early and that made Krishna very predictable. However, he did manage to come back and ended up taking key wickets to derail England’s chase.

Michael Vaughan even said, post match, that his comeback after being smashed initially, proves that he is “Made for international cricket.

PUNE, INDIA – MARCH 23: Prasidh Krishna of India celebrates dismissing Ben Stokes of England during 1st One Day International between India and England at MCA Stadium on March 23, 2021 in Pune, India. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/Getty Images)

England will also need to find some tactics against Prasidh, considering his variable bounce, which makes him a threat on a pitch such as Pune.

Injury concerns for India

Rohit Sharma was hit on the elbow by Mark Wood, while facing a 148kmph delivery. It did not look good for him to begin with but reports say that he has recovered and will play in the second ODI. However, if by any chance, India would want to rest Rohit, Shubman Gill might be one of the three choices that the team has to play as an opener. 

Shreyas Iyer picked up an injury to his right shoulder, during the second innings in the first ODI. He did not return to the field again. He is an integral part of India’s ODI team and they will miss his batting prowess for the remaining two games, as he has been ruled out of the series. He may miss at least some part of IPL 2021 as well.

In his absence, India might pick Suryakumar Yadav, who plays a similar brand of ODI cricket. However, Rishabh Pant is another interesting option to choose from. He can either play as a specialist batsman or as a wicket-keeper (chances of which are low).


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Questions to answer for England

England have run into a rough patch since the third T20I. Uncharacteristically, they have lost all three games, despite winning the toss and chasing. Plus, Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings sustained injuries in the series opener. They are currently doubtful to play in the second ODI.

“We’re going to wait 48 for hours and see how it is… give as much time as needed to hopefully be available for Friday: Eoin Morgan

As hinted by Morgan, they would give the majority of their players opportunities, which could mean a number of changes for the second ODI. Liam Livingstone might make his debut. Either way, England would want a much better performance from their middle-order against India’s ODI team in the second game at Pune.

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