India Vs England 2nd ODI is scheduled on March 25, 2021, at the MCA stadium in Pune. The guests were decimated in the first ODI match by the exceptional performance of team India. England won the toss and elected to bowl first. India openers played good cricket and scored 317 runs in their innings. In return, England managed to score 251 runs on the board. Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 98 runs, was awarded the man of the match trophy.
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Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Pune
Pune is expected to be hot and sunny for the India Vs England ODI series. Experts are hoping that there would be no rain interruptions throughout the game. The average temperature is expected to be around 36 degree Celsius.
Maharashtra Cricket Association pitch is known to assist both batters and bowlers. It is expected that the second ODI match between India and England would favor the batsmen, and cricket fans can expect another high-scoring chase. As for bowlers, the MCA pitch would assist pace bowlers, and spinners might have to deliver extra efforts and mixed deliveries to taste success in the game.
Probable XI: India
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (WK), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prasidh Krishna, and Yuzvendra Chahal/ Kuldeep Yadav
Probable XI: England
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan/ Dawid Malan, Sam Billings/ Liam Livingstone, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (C/WK), Sam Curran, Mark Wood, Tom Curran, and Adil Rashid.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan Shined in the India Vs England 1st ODI Match
India was able to score big runs on board because of the stable opening partnership. Shikhar Dhawan scored 98 runs, and Rohit Sharma scored 28 runs on the board to set the pace for the game. Later on, skipper Virat Kohli scored 56 runs in just 60 balls. Shikhar Dhawan put constant pressure on the bowling lineup of England and formed important partnerships with fellow players to put India in a comfortable position. India’s batting lineup was deep and skilled in the first ODI match. Batsmen KL Rahul returned in his original form and scored 62 runs in just 43 balls. He was facing difficulty in India vs England T20 series. However, the batsmen played a crucial knock for the team and troubled the bowling attack of England. Krunal Pandya, who played his debut ODI match against England, also showed exceptional skills on the field. He played at number 7 and scored 58 runs in just 31 balls with a strike rate of 187.10.
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England Openers Played Good Cricket
England openers started the run chase in a similar way. They scored quick runs on the board throughout the powerplay to relieve the pressure and trouble Indian bowlers. England opener Jason Roy scored 46 runs in just 35 balls. Jonny Bairstow scored massive 96 runs in just 66 balls with a strike rate of 142.42. However, the middle order of England batting lineup failed to counter the bowling attack of the Indian team. England lost 7 wickets in a span of 70 runs which was the major reason behind the defeat.
Prasidh Krishna and Shardul Thakur Shined in India Vs England 1st ODI Match
Indian young bowlers Prasidh Krishna and Shardul Thakur maintained their calm and delivered exceptional performance in the game. Prasidh Krishna bagged 4 wickets, whereas Shardul Thakur bagged 3 wickets to decimate the middle-order of England. Bhuvneshwar Kumar maintained steady length in his deliveries which got him 2 crucial wickets. Krunal Pandya also bagged a crucial wicket of Sam Curran.
England Must Build Partnerships to Win India Vs England ODI Series
The middle order of England was completely shattered by the young bowlers of India. Even though England openers provided the crucial start, the middle-order could not keep the pressure alive. If the guests want to dominate the India Vs England ODI series, the middle-order must build crucial partnerships for the team.
India Might Bring Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal
India might follow the same playing XI for the second ODI match at Pune. However, it is expected that Kuldeep Yadav might be replaced with Yuzvendra Chahal.