Date: 23rd March 2021
Time: 1:30 PM (IST)
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune
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After a dramatic end to the T20I series, India and England lock horns in the ODI series. A befitting finish took place in the 5th T20I, when the better side of the two, won the match. India will be extremely confident after their Test and T20I series victories and should be looking to capitalize on this huge momentum. The match is slated to begin at 1:30 PM (IST).
There are some theories in life and the most important of them is to not defeat India in the first match of a series. We saw it in Australia and we now saw it in the 2 series in India. The Indian team are avid physics lovers and redefine Isaac Newton’s third law of motion. On cricketing viewpoints, the series was a mixed one for Team India. While Suryakumar Yadav’s blistering performances and Virat Kohli’s resurgence from a form-dip were the highs, the spin bowling department’s woes and KL Rahul’s steep form-dip are huge concerns for Team India. Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya and Prasidh Krishna are the new additions to the ODI squad and all of them would look forward to achieving a lot in this series.
England have themselves to blame in this series. The excuse of toss cannot be brought up as England skipper Eoin Morgan had won the toss on most occasions. Even after a 2-1 lead, England slumped to defeats and ended up losing the T20I series. They have been dealt with another blow as Joe Root and Jofra Archer would be missing the series. Liam Livingstone and Matthew Parkinson have been named in the series. Jason Roy’s superlative form and Mark Wood’s inscrutable swing will be England’s strong points.
Probable Playing XI
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan/KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal
Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Johnny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Mark Wood, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid
People’s Pick for Fantasy
Wicket-Keepers : Jos Buttler, Rishabh Pant
Batsmen : Virat Kohli, Eoin Morgan, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav/Shreyas Iyer
All-Rounders : Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Hardik Pandya
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Mark Wood, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Tom Curran
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