England drew 1-1 with India in the last match of the three – match series. After the Tests and the T20s, India will be looking to dominate the ODI series. At the same time, England are trying to save face by winning at least one series on the tour.
Under Jose Butler, England will be confident of an official victory in the second ODI. Butler led England in the second ODI, replacing the injured Eoin Morgan in the first ODI. India, on the other hand, are optimistic that they will be able to forget the defeat in the last match and return to winning ways.
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The shock defeat in the second ODI against England was a major setback for India in the ICC ODI rankings. India, which was earlier in the second position, slipped to the third position with the defeat. England tops ICC rankings India could have overtaken England to top the rankings if they had swept the three-match series. In the second ODI, England defeated India by six wickets with 39 balls to spare. With this, India lost its second position.
With England leading the way with 123 points, New Zealand is second only to India. India and New Zealand have 118 rating points each. Even after winning the third ODI and winning the series, India will not be able to reach the number one position. The three-match ODI series against Bangladesh swept New Zealand to second place.
The Indian team is unlikely to make any changes to their batting line-up in today’s match. Suryakumar’s ODI debut will be delayed as Rishabh Pant and Rahul are in form. India will consider Washington Sunder or Yusvendra Chahal to replace Kuldeep Yadav, who did poorly in the last match.
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It is unlikely to make any difference to the England squad as it is a winning combination. Liam Livingston, who made his ODI debut in the second ODI, may be in the squad for this match as well. England may also consider pacer Mark Wood as a crucial match.
News summary: India will take on England in the series-deciding third ODI of the ongoing series in Pune on Sunday