A high-on-confidence team India led by Virat Kohli will lock horns with hosts England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham for the 1st ODI on Thursday. India, after their emphatic win in the three-match T20I series, will walk into the clash as favourites. England, the number one ODI team in the world, would look to keep their reputation intact when they host India in their backyard. Eoin Morgan’s side has been playing phenomenal cricket of late. They even made the record for the highest ODI score ever when they amassed 481 against Australia recently.
Going by the recent form of both the teams, fans are surely in for a run-fest. England recently whitewashed Australia in the own den and would be hoping they continue their good run in the upcoming ODIs. The Indians are spoilt for choices at the top with the No 4 conundrum being their biggest headache.
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There is KL Rahul in ominous form at three in T20Is and Kohli is India’s regular at that spot, hence the dilemma. It would be interesting to see who gets the nod. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has already reckoned that Kohli should bat at four.
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Trent Bridge is the very ground where England amassed the aforementioned record total, hence lots of fours and sixes would be on the cards. India would be missing the services of Jasprit Bumrah in the death overs but still have Bhuvneshwar Kumar, fitness permitting, and Umesh Yadav who have been firing with the white ball. With Bhuvi, not 100 percent fit, the uncapped Kaul could get a look-in.
England will have the services of all-rounder Ben Stokes that would boost their chances against India. Alex Hales could find himself unlucky if Moeen Ali makes a return. Joe Root will slot back in at No 3 with Morgan and Stokes to follow. Jos Buttler and Ali will provide the finishing touches in the death overs.
Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal