12BET Predictions India vs England first ODI match
England will face off against India in the first ODI match of their tour of India 2021. After winning the T20 series 3-2, the hosts will want to kick start the fifty-over series with a win. The cricket betting will be on fire for this fixture with the two teams eager to go.
India will be missing the services of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja. That is the cricket news, as the series opener will present the younger lot to dominate yet another format. While the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya could get a well-deserved debut, it will be Kuldeep Yadav’s role in the three-match series that will determine his standing in front of the Indian selectors. The 2023 World Cup at home, might sound like a long shot for Virat Kohli and company, but here is where the preparations begin. India – who already have secured a berth being hosts – would want to trouble England’s standing in the Cricket World Cup Super League. Kohli has already confirmed that the tried and tested combination of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will open for the team.
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India Squad: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, Washington Sundar, Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
There’s no Joe Root, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes for the visitors this series, which means Liam Livingstone, Reece Topely and Sam Billings could get an opportunity to prove their mettle against a top-class team. The holders of the World Cup sit on the third rung of the Cricket World Cup Super League table and winning this series will mean a major boost for the side. Eoin Morgan would want to wash off the exhaustion from the T20 series and end the tour on a high as Pune lies as an equally untested territory for the home team since more than a year.
England Squad: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Sam Billings, Reece Topley, Matthew Parkinson
India and England have faced each other a 100 times in ODI matches. India have won 53 matches, while the Englishmen have emerged victorious in 42 games. England have won the last three meetings
The Pune pitch last saw India play an ODI in 2018, when India lost to West Indies. The Men in Blue would want to strike a balance as they last played a 50 over series in Australia, losing 2-1. England on the other hand beat Ireland 2-1 last summer, losing to Australia later – their first ODI series defeat since they were beaten in India in 2017. The scales stand very balanced, but considering home advantage as a major factor, India should come as winners in the first game.
Date and Time:
March 23 (Tuesday), 1:30 PM IST
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
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