England Playing 11: The visitors were rocked back in the first ODI as they got beat by 66 runs to India. England had to chase a challenging target of 318 in the second inning. Considering the fact that Eoin Morgan and his men have been the most successful team to chase down a target post 300 after 2015, it seemed like England could find a way. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy stamped their authority up the order as their cruised their way to 134 runs within 15 overs. With the required run rate under six per over and 10 wickets in hand, England were touted to get a comfortable win. However, wickets at regular intervals by the likes of Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar deflated the England innings to 251 in 42 overs.
The England team and their supporters will be stunned with how things proceeded after a ruthless start by their openers. Another factor which must be playing in England’s mind were the final 10 overs in the first innings as they conceded 113 runs in 57 balls. The 2nd ODI will be a do or die for the away team if they are to stay alive.
It will be interesting to see if England opt for a few changes, as they’ve largely been rigid with their playing eleven ever since the World Cup.
The second ODI between India and England will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association. The game will start at 1:30 pm (ist), and the ball by ball coverage will be on Star Sports and Hotstar.