India vs England: 3rd ODI, March 28, England Tour of India Match Prediction
In this article, we preview India vs England: 3rd ODI, March 28, 2021. This is the 3rd game of a three-match series being played at Pune. After winning the first ODI on 23 March, India have proved that they are the team to beat, in home conditions that they are familiar with.
Match Preview and Odds
India are likely to go with the same team that won the first ODI. Both Prasidh Krishna and Krunal Pandya who debuted in that game proved their worth. Pandya shone with both bat and ball alike while Krishna consistently bowled more than 140 km per hour and did not get fazed after getting hit for plenty of runs in his first spell. While Kuldeep Yadav was not the most impressive bowler on the day, he was part of a winning team. As the saying goes, “If it aint broke, don’t fix it.”
England will have to ring in some changes after their unexpected collapse in the first ODI from a comfortable position of 135 for no loss. They will have to strengthen their lower order batting. Chris Jordan can come in to replace Tom Curran who did not make much impression with the ball either. Jos Buttler must replace Sam Billings who we felt batted too low in the order to make an impact in the first ODI. We would have thought England would stick with the players who helped them beat India in the 2019 World Cup. Barring Archer and Woakes, most other players from that game are currently there in India.
India’s Likely XI: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Hardik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, K Yadav, P Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
England’s likely XI: Morgan (capt), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Mark Wood
With the win in the first ODI, India have improved their h2h advantage over England to 54-42. Although England have won 6 of their last 10 games against India, 3 of their 4 losses have tellingly come on Indian wickets.
Bookies’ odds continue to favour India.
In our India vs England ODI Prediction, we believe that India will beat England in the third ODI to be played on 28 March 2021.
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