After a thumping win over hosts India in the second ODI, both sides on Monday is set to seal the series in the series decider match of the three-match ODI series at MCA stadium Pune. For England, it would be an opportunity to salvage some pride after the losses in the Tests and T20Is.
India won the first ODI while England thrashed India in the second game. With the series poised at 1-1, India will look to bounce back from Friday’s defeat and complete a hat-trick of series wins. England’s comprehensive win on Friday took the series into a decider.
There is hardly no room for changes in India’s batting line-up considering Virat Kohli looked satisfied with his team’s batting performance after KL Rahul’s century and Rishabh Pant’s blazing 77 in the 2nd ODI.
England made a mockery of a 337-run target as Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes smashed the Indian bowlers to all parts of the MCA stadium on Friday. Both Indian left-arm spinners Krunal Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav proved to be expensive, giving away 156 runs in 16 overs.
Probably, Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya could be replaced by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar, who can also bat. India would certainly go-ahead with pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Prasidh Krishna in the fast bowling department. The hosts could try going in with left-arm pacer and yorker specialist T Natarajan, in case they want to rest Shardul Thakur for the game.
The England team possesses an outstanding white-ball team and proved their class in the last game. Roy and Bairstow are on fire, whereas Ben Stokes is in brilliant form as well. In the decider game, the return of Ben Stokes form would be the biggest positive for England. Stokes was struggling in the entire tour. Mark Wood can replace Tom Curran in this game.
England will try to continue their winning momentum after an outstanding performance in the second ODI while India would want to bring in some changes to their bowling department to win the series decider on Sunday.