Virat Kohli Toss: It is time for the final showdown in the blockbuster Sunday as India and England are all set to lock horns in the third and final ODI match of the series in Pune. England registered a thumping 6-wicket victory over India in the second India vs England ODI on Friday to square the three-match ODI series by 1-1. However, Indian captain Virat Kohli’s tragic love-affair with losing the toss continued in the third IND vs ENG ODI as well.
In his 200th international match as captain of the Indian team, Virat Kohli’s toss losing streak continued as England’s stand-in captain Jos Buttler once again called it right at the toss and elected to bowl first on a belter of a track for the series decider in Pune. Virat Kohli has now lost five back-to-back tosses in this home season against England and once again India will have to post a fighting total against this explosive English batting line-up.
After dismal performances with the ball in both the two ODIs, Kuldeep Yadav has been dropped from the playing XI for the ENG vs IND 3rd ODI match and T Natarajan has replaced the chinaman bowler. Therefore, India will be playing the series decider with four specialist pacers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Prasidh Krishna and Natarajan alongside Krunal Pandya as the lone spinner. It will be interesting to see whether Hardik Pandya’s bowling services gets utilized in this crucial match or not. On the other hand, England have also made a change to their winning combination with Mark Wood replacing Tom Curran.
It is expected to be another crackerjack high-scoring encounter between two heavyweight ODI teams. This will also be the final opportunity for England to win a series in this ongoing India tour after having lost both the Test and T20I series while the hosts will be aiming to end their home season on a high.
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