If I'd have spoken to Eoin Morgan, we wouldn't have needed a toss: Virat Kohli

If I’d have spoken to Eoin Morgan, we wouldn’t have needed a toss: Virat Kohli

Will England be able to counter the spin threat today?

England v India - 2nd ODI: Royal London One-Day Series
Eoin Morgan tosses the coin alongside India captain Virat Kohli. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The second One-Day International between India and England got underway at the iconic Lord’s in London as the hosts won the toss and opted to bat first. It was a peculiar decision from Eoin Morgan which also surprised the Indian skipper Virat Kohli who was clear in mind to bowl had he won the toss. He also jokingly went on to say that the toss wasn’t needed if he would’ve known that England were interested in batting first.

One of the reasons to bat first would be the pitch on offer at Lord’s which often tends to slow down as the game progresses. They have been extremely poor so far against the spin and especially while facing Kuldeep Yadav who has picked 11 wickets only in three matches against them. During the chase, the wrist-spinners of the visitors would’ve become lethal to pile on their agony.

We’ve chased well

Virat Kohli, during the toss, was happy after the hosts opted to bat first as he felt the pitch will not change in the second innings. He was keen to chase the total and wittily said that the toss wasn’t needed. “If I’d have spoken to Morgs, we wouldn’t have needed a toss – we wanted to bowl first anyway. It looks like a good pitch so I don’t see it changing throughout the game,” he said while speaking to Isa Guha.

India played an unchanged side and the captain of putting the pressure on England in the middle overs with the help of the spinners. “We have chased down scores well in two of the T20s and the first ODI. We’ll try and use the new ball well and then put the pressure on their middle order with our spinners,” he added.

England also haven’t made any changes to their playing XI and have kept the faith in the same unit which lost the first match of the series.

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