India and England face-off in the 3rd ODI which is also the series decider after England’s win in the second ODI levelled it 1-1. If the first two games is anything to go by, then were are up or another run-fest with big hitters on both sides. Pune has truly lived upto its reputation of producing absolute belters and we are expecting another one in the final game. More about the 3rd ODI preview in detail below.
England well and truly outplayed India in the second ODI. The chase which started with India having the advantage turned out to be one-sided courtesy Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes‘s counter-attacking partnership. England hit 20 sixes with Stokes along hitting 10 of them in his 52-ball 99, which was no less than an assault on Indian bowlers. Bairstow proved his love for the white-ball game as he notched up his 11th ODI ton in just 85 games.
England stand-in skipper Jos Buttler has said his team will continue backing their attacking style of play which has paid off for them in the last four to five years. While the batting line-up is expected to remain the same, England might look to change their bowling arsenal.
India-England To Play Decider In Pune
India, on the other hand, have found themselves in this place before and have won deciders before as well. They will know exactly how to go about their business to win the game. Their batters have found form just in the knick of time and their middle-order has bloomed in the presence of KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant.
While the batting line-up looks settled, India like England would like to change their bowling attack especially with Krunal Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav both going the distance.
Meanwhile, India vs England 2021 ODI series is also a part of ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, which is also known as the ODI Super League. The top seven teams on the points table will qualify for ICC World Cup 2023 slated to be held in India while the remaining teams will have to play qualifiers.
Head To Head
- Total matches: 107
- India won: 54
- England won: 43
- In IndiaTotal: 54
- India won: 32
- England won: 17
Pitch & Weather Conditions For 3rd ODI
The pitch is expected to be another batting beauty like it was for the first two games. Despite assisting the pacers, the pitch has got better for batting in the second innings. Another high-scoring encounter is on the cards.
Team News For 3rd ODI
England might not look to change the playing XI at all after their thumping win over India in the second game. If at all, they might look to replace Tom Curran and add more pace in the form of Mark Wood who was rested for the second game.
India, on the other hand, will drop Kuldeep Yadav and add Chahal in his place, Krunal Pandya too might be dropped in place of either Washington Sundar or T Natarajan, depending on what suits the best for the team. The top six batters to remain the same.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Suryakumar Yadav, T Natarajan, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, Shubman Gill
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler(w/c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Mark Wood, Matthew Parkinson