England’s bowling under scrutiny
- Virat Kohli under pressure for big runs.
- Joe Root set to return to ODI team.
India are in decent form with a T20I series win, but will have to ponder over their best combination given the good form of several players, batters in particular. Against a strong England side, India have odds of 1.79 to win the first ODI.
England, on the other hand, are No.1 in the ODI team rankings and are the defending world champions in this format. There’s also the captaincy switch with Eoin Morgan retiring and Jos Buttler taking over. They have odds of 1.92 to win.
Fairly equal recent record
India have won two and lost two ODIs against England since 2019, including the big game in the 2019 ODI World Cup. In fact, in the last five years, the record is split 5-5. England have a new skipper while India themselves have rarely had their first-choice side available for a series in this format of late.
Our pick: India are a strong batting side and are favourites to win. Back India at 1.79 to win this one!
England suffered a blip in their batting returns with Jos Buttler misfiring, but with Joe Root returning to the ODI setup, the lineup appears quite promising. It remains to be seen who replaced Eoin Morgan, but it’s likely Harry Brook, who made an impression in the T20Is.
Keep an eye on…
Jasprit Bumrah: With the ball swinging around, Jasprit Bumrah is among the most dangerous powerplay bowlers and he can also make it really hard in the death. Early wickets could be key against this England batting unit.
Moeen Ali: England need a controller in the middle overs and in Morgan’s absence Moeen Ali will be hoping to fulfill the key role. With his bowling returns going down, Ali needs to fire in this format with the bat.
TIP: Yuzvendra Chahal can run through a middle-order on his day, especially in this format. Back Yuzvendra Chahal at 4.30 to be best match bowler for India!