India won the three T20I series against England with the lead of 2-1. The Indians made a fair start with the confidence attained by winning the T20I series against Ireland and they won their sixth T20I series in a sequence. The ODI series between England and India is about to kick start from today at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Here are the predictions and likely XIs of both the teams.
India is about to encounter the world’s top ODI team and they have to face an ordeal at Trent Bridge to face the World’s strongest batting line-up. The ground is about to favor the batsman as usual. England scored the runs in T20Is with a rate of 6.26 per over after their performance in World Cup in 2015. No team scored runs above the rate of 5.77.
India are in their second best run rate with 5.33 per over and their lowest run rate in the recent past is 5.25. In a series, England scored runs with a run rate of 5.74, however better than Sri Lanka, whose run rate per over is 5.71.
The strike rate of England was 98.8 per 100 balls and Indians are hitting runs at the strike rate of 92.9. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli may bat at top order. There are chances of Virat Kohli to bat at No.4 to promote KL Rahul to the top order. There is a strict competition for No.5 between Dinesh Karthik and Suresh Raina. Suresh Raina may play at the top order if consequences favor him. Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni may bat at No.6 and No.7 as usual.
Yuzwendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav share the ball as the wrist-spinners and Umesh Yadav, who retained his position by his consistent performance will be the crucial speedster for the team along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah. Siddharth Kaul may replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar if he is not fit to play this game. Suresh Raina may act as the sixth bowler if needed.
Coming to the hosts, England may come with strong batting line-up and Joe Root may retain his position. Jos Buttler and Jason Roy, who are in good form might open the game and Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales may bat in the middle order. Jonny Bairstow might open the game along with Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes will be the only allrounder for the team. The bowling order including Liam Plunkett, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, and Chris Jordan seems the same as the T20I series.
Since the grounds are flatter when compared to that of South Africa, the batsmen will enjoy more favors whoever chose to bat first and it is tough for the spinners to pick wickets in Trent Bridge. The fitness of Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a point of worry for the Indians. However, the total predicted score is 603 runs in the first ODI. Experts say that the English have the home advantage and they might choose to field first.
Eoin Morgan(captain), Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, David Willey, Mark Wood, Ben Stokes, Liam Plunkett, Moeen Ali, and Adil Rashid
Virat Kohli(captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Suresh Raina, Yuzwendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Siddharth Kaul, and Umesh Yadav