With confidence after a comprehensive performance at The Oval, India will be aiming to seal the series quickly in the second ODI at Lord’s on Thursday, just like they did in the previous T20I series, which they eventually won the 2-day series. Won by 1.
For India, apart from Bumrah doing his best in terms of skill and control on a green pitch that offered seam, swing and extra bounce, Mohammed Shami and the famous Krishna helped him deliver England to just 110 at the age of 26. Provided enough support to get out on the run. -5 to a point.
With the bat, Rohit Sharma was at his stellar best, using his pull and hook to remain unbeaten on 78 with precision against the short-ball tactics of the England bowlers, which helped Shikhar Dhawan, his long-timer. The running opener and allowed him to play his first game from February this year in one-day internationals to settle down and find his groove, which he did by hitting the winning boundary.
Virat Kohli’s availability for the second ODI is still in doubt after missing the first match due to a groin strain. England, on the other hand, welcomed Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow into the ODI set-up under Jos Buttler’s opening match as the captain did not do as he would have liked in this format and now has to survive the series. You will have to face a difficult task. On the third anniversary of his dramatic 2019 World Cup win at the same venue.
While Stokes, Root, Liam Livingstone and Jason Roy fell for ducks, Bairstow could make it to the single digits. Buttler, however, hung around the top score with 30, being one of four batsmen, along with Moeen Ali, David Willey and Brydon Cars, to reach double digits for England. With the ball, England were simply ineffective as they could not separate the pairing of Sharma and Dhawan.
Lord’s as a venue offers bowlers the challenge of adapting quickly to the natural slopes that run diagonally across the pitch. There is an opportunity for India to adapt quickly to the conditions and do a double performance at The Oval. For England, it is their chance to seal a win at Lord’s to push the series into a decider in Manchester, which looks a bit daunting after the firepower received in the first game.
England: Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brooke, Brydon Cars, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, David Willey
India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Pranand Krishna, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Arshdeep Singh.
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