Date: March 28, 2021
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
The high-voltage England’s tour of India is finally coming to an end with the two sides locking horns for one last time on Sunday. After going down in the first match, Morgan-less England side bounced back with a thumping victory in the second contest. With the ODI series leveled at 1-1, it is going to be an epic grand finale between the top 2 ranked teams in Pune.
The fans have witnessed two high-scoring matches so far and the trend is expected to continue in the series decider as well. The pitch at MCA Stadium has been quite favourable for the batsmen in the series. With players like KL Rahul, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Virat Kohli in top form, the stage is set for another run-fest on Sunday.
After India lost the first match of Tests and T20Is to eventually win the series, it would be interesting to see if England can continue the trend to clinch the ODI series. On the other hand, Virat Kohli’s side would be looking to complete a clean sweep of series wins against their arch-rivals.
The hosts will want to stick with their batting line up that registered 336 runs in the previous match. However, there could be a few changes in the bowling department which failed to defend the mammoth total. Kuldeep has registered figures of 9-0-68-0 and 10-0-84-0 in the series so far and is expected to make way for Yuzvendra Chahal in the series decider. There is also a slight possibility that T Natarajan could be included in the playing XI.
The visitors had to make two forced changes in the previous contest, with Liam Livingstone and Dawid Malan replacing the injured duo of Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings. Both of them stayed unbeaten to take England over the line. In the bowling department, Reece Topley was also impressive and is expected to keep his place in the side. Meanwhile, Mark Wood who was rested for the previous contest, could return for the series decider.
Head to head (in last 5 ODIs)
Players to watch out for
Matches: 2 | Runs: 218 | Avg: 109 | SR: 122.47
Matches: 2 | Runs: 170 | Avg: 170 | SR: 108.28
Matches: 2 | Wickets: 6 | Avg: 18.67 | ER: 6.16
Matches: 1 | Wickets: 2 | Avg: 25 | ER: 6.25
Probable Playing XI
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur/T Natarajan, Prasidh Krishna
Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler (c/wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood/Tom Curran, Reece Topley