England vs India: 3rd ODI, Preview- Ruffled India look to gather themselves ahead of the final bout

England vs India: 3rd ODI, Preview- Ruffled India look to gather themselves ahead of the final bout

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is fit for tomorrow's match and is expected to play.

England v India - 2nd ODI: Royal London One-Day Series
Moeen Ali celebrates with his teammates. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

England are ranked number one in ODIs and they been a brute force to reckon with especially on home conditions. However, turning over India hasn’t turned out to be a walk in the park for Eoin Morgan and Co. They beat Australia black and blue by 5-0 and oozed confidence. On the contrary, the Men in Blue came into the series on the back of two resounding victories against Ireland in Dublin.

In the first match at Trent Bridge, the Brits got a reality check as Virat Kohli’s men ripped the heart out of them with a thumping eight-wicket win. Kuldeep Yadav unfolded mayhem in the English batting lineup and Rohit Sharma added to their agony with his 18th ODI century. The home team found themselves in dire requite of making a comeback, but, the road wasn’t expected to be like a highway.

Nevertheless, Joe Root’s 12th ton in ODIs guided England to a formidable score at Lord’s after which their bowlers strangled the Indian batsmen to draw level in the series. The third ODI will be played at Headingley in Leeds and both teams won’t want to make things any easy for each other. Meanwhile, the Team India would want to go into the Test series on the back of three series-triumphs in their UK-tour.

Toss: England won the toss and elected to field first

England (Playing XI): Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Changes: IN: James Vince, OUT: Jason Roy

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal

Changes: IN: Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, OUT: KL Rahul, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav

Team Combination


The Brits aren’t likely to make any alteration after their win. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are the openers. Morgan and Root found their form back at Lord’s that will keep them in good stead. All-rounder Ben Stokes would be keen to find his feet after a couple of lacklustre shows in the previous contests. The spin duo of Moeen Ali and the fast bowlers will also need to step up for their team to come out trumps.


India may drop KL Rahul and bring in Dinesh Karthik in the eleven. Apart from that, they aren’t likely to tinker with their lineup. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is fit for tomorrow’s match and is expected to play, most probably in place of Siddarth Kaul. In the batting department, the top order has to deliver. Kuldeep and Chahal’s guile remains to be a pivotal factor.

Players to watch out for

Jonny Bairstow- England

Bairstow has threatened in both ODIs with scores of 38 each but hasn’t been able to carry on and score big. On both instances, Kuldeep Yadav accounted for his wicket. He has lately been one of England’s most prolific run-scorers in the 50-overs format and he would definitely want to chip in with a better performance in the deciding encounter.

Virat Kohli- India

Kohli has scored 120 runs and played decently. However, he hasn’t been at his brutal best. In the first match, he was stumped off Adil Rashid’s leg-breaks and at Lord’s, Moeen Ali nipped him out. Meanwhile, it’s pertinent to note that he was dismissed on both occasions by a tweaker. The Delhi-born cricketer would wish to end the series on a dominating note, both as a skipper and as a batsman.

Stat Attack

48 – Number of wickets for Kuldeep Yadav has picked in his 22-match ODI career. If he takes two more wickets in the final ODI, he will become the joint 2nd quickest to complete 50 wickets in this format. The leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has bagged 45 wickets in his 25-match ODI career.

7987 – Runs Suresh Raina has scored in his International career thus far. The left-handed batsman needs 13 more runs to become the 15th Indian player to score 8000 runs in International cricket.

Head to Head

Played – 98, England – 33, India – 60, Tie/NR – 5

Broadcast details– Sony Six, Sony Six HD

Live streaming– Sony LIV

Match Timings: 17:00 IST, 11:30 GMT

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