The winner of the ODI series between England and India will be decided in the final match of India’s tour on July 17, Sunday at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester. Even if one takes all the matches on the tour, it stands levelled at 3-3 with England winning the Test match and one T20I followed by a victory in the second ODI and the Indian team clinching two T20Is and an ODI.
In more ways than one then, the team winning the final game of the ODI series will be the happier team, seeing this as a separate trip to the United Kingdom for the Men in Blue.
Ahead of the final match of the ODI series, here is the story painted by statistics.
1. Toss Prediction
Before the start of the ODI series, it was India who had the better toss record and it has continued to be the same way with Rohit Sharma winning both the tosses. So based on these considerations, expect India to win the toss in the series decider at Old Trafford.
2. Win Possibility
Talking about the limited-overs leg of India’s tour, one can say that India have been the better team as they have won 3 out of the 5 matches played so far. Moreover, in one of those, the final T20I between India and England, India came close despite resting some of their preferred players to give youngsters a go. However, India’s batting has been their biggest cause of concern in recent times especially when their top-order has backfired and with Virat Kohli struggling for runs, England seems to have a slight advantage.
3. Team of the Day
The Team of the Day is England. India’s record in high-pressure 50-overs matches in the recent past hasn’t been quite encouraging and with the series at stake and India still trying to find answers to several questions, the home team is being backed to emerge as the better team on the day.
4. Powerplay Score (First 10 overs)
India scored 56 in the first 10 overs in the first ODI, they were reduced to 28/2 in the second ODI in as many overs. So their average powerplay score in this series has been 42. England made 30 in the first 10 overs in the opening ODI, they managed 46 in the second ODI during the first powerplay so their average first 10 overs score comes to 38.
Based on these numbers, predicting India to score over 40 when only two fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle in the first 10 overs. However, it would be fair to say that England’s top-order hasn’t played to their potential in this series, they can also breach the 40-run mark in this match.
5. Average Score
275.66 is the average first innings score at this venue in the last 3 ODIs that have been played here. This could be a high-scoring game.
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