Former cricketer Aakash Chopra feels Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will continue their bowling brilliance against England in the second ODI. India registered an emphatic victory against England in the first of the three-match ODI series. They bowled England out for a paltry 110 and then chased it down with ten wickets to spare.
Pacer Jasprit Burmah was the pick of the bowlers for India taking 6/19 in his 7.2 overs at an economy rate of 2.6. Mohammed Shami also performed well, picking three wickets in the match. Ahead of the second ODI on Thursday, July 14 at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium, Aakash Chopra predicted that the Bumrah-Shami duo will perform well again.
In a video on Youtube, the former cricketer expressed that Bumrah and Shami will together take more than wickets. He reasoned that the slope at the Lord’s will favor the pacers. Aakash Chopra said,
“Bumrah and Shami will together take more than four wickets again. Bumrah is doing the magic, he picked up six wickets in the last match. The slope will make him even more dangerous, that’s what I feel.”
England batters, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jason Roy, and Liam Livingstone, all scored ducks in the first match. However, Aakash expects the hosts to put up a better batting performance in the second ODI. He has predicted that England skipper Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, and Joe Root will together score at least 125 runs.
The shorter you bowl to Rohit Sharma, the longer shots he will hit: Aakash Chopra
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan remained unbeaten in the first ODI match against England. They put on a 114-run stand for the opening partnership to power India to victory. Skipper Rohit Sharma slammed 76 runs, while Shikhar Dhawan scored 31 runs. Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra expects one from the duo to score 70 plus runs in the second ODI. He stated,
“One of Rohit and Dhawan will score more than 70 runs. Who will do that, I don’t know, although both have looked in very good form. Rohit Sharma was hitting sixes after sixes, the shorter you bowl, the longer shots he will hit. I didn’t understand why they were bowling short. Short ball, bad ball, 24-carat pure shot.”
Aakash Chopra concluded by predicting an England win the second ODI against India at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Thursday. He expressed that the series will be leveled at 1-1 after the second match.