After a convincing victory over England in the first match of the series, India will be looking to seal an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the ongoing 3-match One Day International series against England in the 2nd ODI at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Friday.
India will be forced to make a change due to Shreyas Iyer’s injury and might look to change the spin option around too after yet another insipid performance from Kuldeep Yadav. Suryakumar Yadav is likely to get a chance to showcase his 360 degree hitting skills.
Shreyas Iyer’s dislocated shoulder has once again brought Yadav in focus and his ODI debut, after a blockbuster T20 first debut. Iyer has become one of the most prolific 50-over batsman in the last one year.
Kohli has neither Ravindra Jadeja nor Axar Patel for three months, however Krunal Pandya in the ODIs, have let the team miss their maverick from Rajkot. Prasidh Krishna looked completely sensational at home on his ODI debut, hurrying batsmen for pace in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.
The form of Shikhar Dhawan with a match-winning 98 runs was the biggest positive from opening game against England. He was under pressure after being benched for a large part of the T20 series. Rohit Sharma had sustained a blow to his elbow during the first match but is expected to be fit in time for the second game.
In case India want to give Rohit break, then Shubman Gill will be the option to open the inning with Dhawan and Rishabh Pant would play purely as a batsman. Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav leaked 68 runs in nine overs and could be replaced by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
The pace trio of experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prasidh Krishana and the ever-improving Shardul Thakur took nine of the 10 wickets and would be keen to rock the England batting line-up again. Shardul has been continuously playing and it won’t be a bad option to try out T Natarajan or Mohammed Siraj for a bit of variation.
England, who has already lost the Test and T20I series, has several injury concerns like India and it remains to be seen how they bounce back in the crucial clash. England have a lot to ponder on and injuries to skipper Eoin Morgan and batsman Sam Billings during fielding in the first game. Both appear doubtful for the second game.
Johny Bairstow’s knock of 94 with his opening partner Jason Roy was fabulous. They two would be looking to another fine show. However, England’s middle order like all-rounder Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali hasn’t performed to its potential with the bat. England’s key spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali were wicket-less in the opening game. they were failed trouble Indian batsman while pace spearhead Mark Wood troubled the batters with his speed.