Sunil Gavaskar predicts a winning score for Team India in the series decider
The Indian team has got off to a slow start in the 3rd ODI at Leeds.
Updated - Jul 17, 2018 7:04 pm
After two matches where one team clearly dominated the proceedings, it was time for the series decider at Leeds. England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss of the coin and asked Team India to bat first. Virat Kohli wasn’t disappointed with the outcome of the toss as he would’ve wanted to bowl second as well. While Morgan expects the pitch to remain the same, Kohli thinks it will get drier and help his spinners as the game progresses.
As things got underway batting didn’t seem really easy for the Indian batsmen as Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan faced David Willey and Mark Wood who were able to extract some movement. It was jagging around and Rohit played quite a few dot balls. He eventually tried to cut loose against Willey and chipped the ball in the air only to find Wood in the deep. He was dismissed for 2 runs from 18 balls.
This is the ninth time Rohit has been dismissed by a left-arm seamer after the World Cup 2015. The Indian innings since has been really slow, not what we’d usually expect on a surface that is flat and termed a ‘good batting wicket’. Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar who is an expert on the commentary panel feels if India manage to post somewhere around 260-280 they will be in a really good position.
India should aim to get over 250
“This is a slowish pitch so if India can get to 260-280, England might struggle. Maybe India recognise that,” Gavaskar said.
At the toss, Morgan in his assessment of the pitch said, “We’ll bowl first. I think it’s a really good wicket, the wickets here have always been good throughout 100 overs in Headingley, so it should be the same today.”
Kohli, on the other hand, said, “We wanted to bat first anyway. Not much grass on it, so we expect the spinners to come into play in the second half. Looks fairly dry and it might break down a little.”