Palmerbet Sports Team’s Best of the Day preview puts the first ODI clash between cricket heavyweights England and India under the microscope.
19:30 (AEST) @ Trent Bridge, Nottingham
History: Played 96: India 52 V England 39 (2 Ties, 3 No Results).
Last Meeting: January 22, 2017: England d India by 5 runs at Eden Gardens.
Final Thoughts: The
After playing out a thrilling Twenty20 International series – with India taking down England 2-1 – the world’s top two ODI nations square off in the ODI opener.
Centuries from Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma propelled the visitors to big wins in the first and third T20Is respectively.
Player of the Match: Rohit Sharma
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 8, 2018
England are one-day cricket’s current big dogs, bouncing back from a historic loss to Scotland with a record-shattering 5-0 series whitewash of Australia last month.
The 242-run win at Trent Bridge, the venue for this encounter, over the Aussies was extraordinary. Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales posted blistering centuries as England destroyed the ODI team total with 6/481.
India have not played an ODI since February – when they pumped heavyweights South Africa 5-1 in a six-match series in the Republic.
England have won four of the last six one-dayers against India, but just one of the last four on home soil.
England’s opening pair Bairstow and Jason Roy have been in explosive touch, and England’s batting line-up is stacked, from Joe Root and Eion Morgan down to potential match-winners Moeen Ali and David Willey in the No.7 and 8 slots.
Hales looks set to be the unlucky player to make way for the returning Ben Stokes.
Ben Stokes @benstokes38 hits 90 Not Out ( 68 balls inc 8x4s & 5x6s) for @Durhamcricket against @YorkshireCCC in their @VitalityBlast match today….. Well batted https://t.co/Ms4MoPlKWu #GM2018 pic.twitter.com/mtXUrigTHw
— GM Cricket 🏏 (@GMCricket) July 5, 2018
Bhuvneshwar Kumar not a certain starter for Trent Bridge ODI The pacer had to sit out of the third T20I in Bristol due to a stiff back problem, and didn't bowl on the eve of the first ODI in Nottingham https://t.co/l6LTOxDqoC pic.twitter.com/vhHsFqMqTN
— MISSAN WADI (@Dil_Hy_Betaab) July 11, 2018
India are always a chance any time Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma take the field together, but they have an inexperienced bowling attack with Jasprit Bumrah out and Bhuvneshar Kumar in doubt.
That shapes as the key factor and England have to be favoured to keep their roll from the Australian series going on home soil, with India looking to find their ODI groove after five-month break from the format.