India won the first ODI against England at Trent Bridge by 8 wickets by the knocks of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and the six-wicket haul of Kuldeep Yadav. They got an easy victory in the first game and focused on winning the second ODI with a massive difference.
The Indians are heading towards wrapping up the series by winning the second ODI today at the Lords. The pitch may resemble the conditions of Manchester and may not support the spinners. The grounds are drier and hence will favor batsmen much according to the experts. Merlyn, the bowling machine used by the English bowlers to encounter the spin attack of Kuldeep Yadav did not show much impact in the result of the first ODI. The pitches in the Old Trafford and Cardiff confused the Indian management and in the third T20I, they dropped Kuldeep from the crucial third T20I.
The pitch in the Lords may reflect the conditions of Cardiff and Bristol. At Middlesex, in the game for Surrey, Paul Stirling picked 3/26 on July 5th. Both the teams scored more than 8 runs per over in that county game. The Lords may be the replica of Middlesex pitch. Hence, the experts came to an assumption that the ground will favor the batsmen. Due to the side strain, Alex Hales was ruled out of the entire ODI series and the Middlesex batsmen David Malan may replace him. The absence of Hales is a point of worry for the English. In addition, the form of Joe Root is an Achille’s heel for the hosts.
Alex Hales was rested for the first ODI earlier and the management is looking for his speedy recovery for the rest of the tournament but there are no signs of his playing in this series.
India won nine consecutive series since 2016 starting from the bilateral ODI series against Australia. They lost their Champions Trophy in 2017 but won all the rest of crucial ODI series these two years.
There will be no crucial changes in the Indian team unless there will be an inevitable fitness issue. Bhuvneshwar Kumar tried to play the first ODI but he was rested for the series due to fitness issues keeping the test series against England in mind. India wants to register a massive score and win the game to dethrone the English, who was at the top position in the ICC ODI ratings. They want to win this game and seal the series with 2-0 but this is not a cakewalk for the Indians to beat the English, who were stronger in batting line up and has the home advantage.
Virat Kohli(captain), MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Suresh Raina, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzwendra Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Siddharth Kaul, Akshar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Shardul Thakur.
Eoin Morgan(captain), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Jake Ball, Liam Plunkett, Dawid Malan, Tom Curran, Mark Wood, and David Willey.