After a convincing win in the first ODI, Team India will hope to keep the winning momentum going when they lock horns with England in the second ODI on Thursday (July 14) at Lord’s in London. Brimming with confidence, the Men in Blue will hope to wrap up the series today with one match to spare.
In the first ODI, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami snuffed out England for a mere 110. Rohit Sharma then finished with a breezy fifty as India knocked off the runs without breaking stride. The tourists hope to continue the same template as they audition for the ICC ODI World Cup next year at home.
England, in contrast, find themselves on unstable footing. Despite the in-form batters – Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root – returning to the set-up, the top order continues to be a worry line. Jason Roy’s scores against India in the four limited-overs games read 4, 0, 27 and 0.
With a slew of their pace bowlers missing from action due to injuries, the bowling unit also seems to lack a bit of cutting edge. Even though in the first game, they didn’t have enough runs to defend. England would believe they have the required batting depth to bounce back at Lord’s.
2nd ODI – England (ENG) vs India (IND)
Venue: Lord’s, London
Date & Time: July 12 at 5:30 PM IST and 1:00 PM Local Time
If the Lord’s track also has any grass cover/moisture, the team winning the toss is set to bowl. India will relish this condition, coming for an impeccable bowling performance.
Predicted Playing XI
India (IND): Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
England (ENG): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Craig Overton, David Willey, Brydon Carse, Reece Topley
With the series in line, England will play out of their skins to level the three-match series. The hosts are likely to win the match and level the series. Betway has also placed their odds in favour of Jos Buttler and Co. at 2.00.
IND vs ENG – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Jos Buttler, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah (vc), David Willey
Fantasy Team 2: Jos Buttler, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Hardik Pandya, Reece Topley, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, David Willey (vc)