The third ODI between India and England is scheduled to be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Sunday. The series is evenly-poised at 1-1, with England winning the second game after a dominating batting performance on Friday. Riding on Jonny Bairstow’s purple patch with the bat, the visitors chased down 336 with 39 balls to spare. However, England will need their bowlers to step up in the series-decider.
The visitors will be expecting some performances from Reece Topley and Adil Rashid, both of whom had decent outings in the second ODI. On the other hand, India has given a good account of itself in both ODIs. While KL Rahul and Virat Kohli have scored 50+ scores in both games, Rishabh Pant’s blitzkrieg in the second match adds value to their explosiveness in terms of batting.
However, the Indian bowlers will also need to come up with the goods if the Men in Blue are to clinch the series. Both India and England are well-matched on paper, but the hosts might just hold the edge ahead of the final game. Either way, we should be in for a cracking game of cricket in Pune, with both teams eyeing a series win to end the tour with a win.
The batting line-up looks settled, especially with Rishabh Pant filling not making the void created by Shreyas Iyer felt. But Yuzvendra Chahal’s chances of making a comeback have received a massive boost and it shouldn’t come as a surprise if Washington Sundar or T Natarajan get a go as well.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya/Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur/T Natarajan, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal
The visiting team will have no reason to change their winning combination. Tom Curran, however, will be under pressure and England will be keen on replacing him with Mark Wood, who was rested for the previous game.
Probable XI: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler (c/wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Mark Wood