With the series in line, India and England will lock horns with each other in the third and final ODI at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday. After the tourists secured a thumping 10-wicket win in the first games, Jos Butler and Co. thrashed the Men in Blue by 100 runs to level the series at Lord’s. Both teams will play out of their skins to win trump each other and take the trophy home.
The ODI World Cup is a while away but India need a roadmap and a method, especially with their batting. Shikhar Dhawan has scored more than 500 runs in the 12 ODIs since 2021 but his strike rate of 82.69 has been a problem. The batting needs to come together as a unit after a debacle in the last game to trump the English bowling.
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On the other hand, England will be hoping for more runs from their top-order batters who have struggled against both pace and spin in this series. They were blown away by Jasprit Bumrah‘s impressive bowling in the first game, skittled out for just 110, while the wily Yuzvendra Chahal restricted the opposition in the second match.
With the bowlers dominating both the games so far, the batters will be keen to enjoy some good time at Old Trafford.
3rd ODI – England (ENG) vs India (IND)
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Date & Time: July 17 at 3:30 PM IST and 11:00 AM Local Time
The venue will be hosting its first ODI since September 2020 while India will be playing for the first time here since 2019. Batters will likely find it easy if they settle and take some time on this wicket.
Predicted Playing XI
India (IND): Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna
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 tied at 1-1, both teams will be keen to put their best feet forward and win the game and the series. However, India are likely to get the better of England and emerge as the winner. Betway has also placed their odds in favour of Rohit Sharma and Co. at 2.00.
IND vs ENG – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, David Willey, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal (vc)
Fantasy Team 2: Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali (vc), Hardik Pandya, Reece Topley, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal