A powerful batting display from the hosts set up a victory in the first ODI and has left England needing to win to stay in the series.
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India would like to topple England as the number one team on the ICC Rankings and could do that with a series whitewash.
India vs England | Friday 26 March | Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium | 10:00
To Win Match
India sport a strong and well-balanced top-order fronted by in-form openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan struck 98 in the series opener to all-but bat England out of the match.
Skipper Virat Kohli looks to be close to his best form as well and KL Rahul also chipped in with a fifty in the opening match, giving an imposing air to the India batting.
Prasidh Krishna made a huge splash in the curtain-raiser, returning record figures for an India bowler on ODI debut and the country’s depth in bowling seems simply extraordinary.
India can’t be too happy with the way Kuldeep Yadav was taken to task in the first match of the series and may consider drafting Yuzvendra Chahal into the starting XI in his place.
England found themselves chasing the game on a good batting surface in the opening match after their quicks failed to stop India from getting away to a flier.
Ben Stokes was the pick of the bowlers, and his efforts pulled India back a little through the middle overs it proved to make little difference to the result, though. England may want to consider a different approach to using the new ball, possibly handing Adil Rashid a chance in the early going.
Rashid and fellow spinner Moeen Ali took some major tap and both could be candidates for a change.
England’s batting remains their great strength, but they will be disappointed not to have made the most of the platform laid by Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy.
Verdict: India 57/100
India have a great chance to wrap up the series.
Written by James Richardson.