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India vs England Preview:
The T20I series that has just concluded had plenty riding on it given the T20 World Cup takes place in just seven months’ time but the three ODI matches that begin in Pune on Tuesday (March 23) have, in the grand scheme of things, far less importance.
There are two T20 World Cups before the next 50-over edition in 2023 and as a result, for both teams, the shortest format is their main white-ball focus at present. Even so, although both teams are missing some important players, there is enough quality in both squads to ensure a competitive series and for those individuals who are being given opportunities they might not otherwise have had, it is a chance to show exactly what they can do.
There are also Cricket World Cup Super League points on offer as well which both sides will want to pick up as they look to ensure their qualification for that 2023 tournament. England currently sit third on the table while India, who have played three games less, are in tenth place.
The recent records of both sides are mixed. England beat Ireland 2-1 last summer but then lost to Australia later in the season, their first ODI series defeat since they were beaten in India in 2017. That series against Australia was England’s last ODI action; the scheduled series in South Africa before Christmas was postponed because of COVID-19 bubble breaches. India have also struggled of late, losing their last two ODI series. They were whitewashed by New Zealand last February and then also lost 2-1 to Australia late last year.
Match: India vs England
Series: England tour of India, 2021
Date: Friday, March 26, 2021
Time: 13:30 local / 08:00 GMT / 13:00 PST
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
India vs England SCORECARD:
Statistically, there are no favorites between the team defending and chasing at Pune, as the record stands at a deadly even of 2-2. That said, the average first innings score of 292 is suggestive that whether a target is chased or defended, there will be plenty in the track for the batsmen to exploit. Given this is a day-night affair, batting second will be advantageous with the dew and ball skidding under floodlights. The two side’s only meeting at the venue was a run-fest: India chased down a whopping 350 runs with nearly two overs to spare thanks to centuries from Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav.
Today’s Playing XI:
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Ben Stokes, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
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