After the loss in the second game, India will have one more chance to win the three-match ODI series and complete a series sweep when they host England in the third and final ODI of the series. India started the three-match ODI series with a 66-run win in the opening matches, but lost by six wickets in the second match to help England tie the series and make the third ODI meet the series finale. India have already beaten England 4–1 in the Test series and 3–2 in the T20I and are aiming to complete a series sweep. In the meantime, have a look at a potential India playing XI for the third ODI against England. India vs England 3rd ODI 2021 Preview: Probably playing XI, key battle, head to head and other things you need to know about IND vs ENG cricket match in Pune..
KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant were stars for India with the bat in the second game. Rahul hit his fifth ODI century and shared a 113-run partnership with Rishabh Pant, the reason for the loss being to help India score 336 runs, after which they were asked to bat first. Pant, who was returning to the ODI team after some time, smashed 77 off 40 balls and looked good for the ODI century before Tom Curran was dismissed. Captain Virat Kohli also scored a half-century, while the Pandya brothers performed brilliantly, but the bowlers were disappointed and failed to defend the total. Yuzvendra Chahal, Suryakumar Yadav and Washington Sundar! Wasim Jaffer’s fan decode to choose Virat Kohli for Indian ODI for 3 ODIs.
India’s spinners were given 72 runs in six overs by Krunal Pandya. Kuldeep Yadav conceded 84 runs. Prasad Krishna took two wickets while Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the second wicket.
Opener: Rohit Sharma has played a disappointing ODI series so far with scores of 28 and 25. He will have to score big to bring India into the series. Shikhar Dhawan missed out on a century by just two runs in the opening match but was undone by Reece Topley Outswinger in the second match. The Indian opening pair has so far failed to stay in place of scoring a century in the series and India need to give a good start in the series decider.
Middle order: Captain Virat Kohli has done brilliantly in the series and has scored a half-century in both innings. But the Indian captain has not scored an international century for more than a year and he wants to break that century in 3 ODIs with England. KL Rahul has been India’s best batsman in the series so far. With a half-century and a century, Rahul is also India’s highest run-scorer in the series. He will lead that form to continue and lead India to a series win. Rishabh Pant was playing his second ODI match in two years. But Southeastern saw that he had never been. Pant hit seven sixes in his 77-run knock. He is yet to score a one-day ODI century.
All-rounder: Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya will be the two all-rounders from India playing the XI. The Pandya brothers played an impressive role and gave India the ultimate climax and needed to post a winning goal on the scoreboard. Hardik smashed 35 off 16 balls, while Krunal scored 12 runs off nine balls to give India the perfect end of their innings. Krunal, however, was bowled clean by Ben Stokes, who scored 28 runs in Krunal’s over. Hardik did not bowl. Kohli later said that it was to try and avoid another injury.
Bowler: Kuldeep Yadav is likely to replace Yuzvendra Chahal in the third ODI. Kuldeep failed to take wickets in the first two matches. He conceded 68 runs in nine overs in the first ODI and scored 84 runs in the second game. Pesar Prasidh Krishna, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur are likely to retain their positions.
India start playing XI for second ODI against England Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Praseed Krishna.
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