Ind vs Eng, 1st ODI: England win toss and opt to bowl first

New Delhi: After the T20 series, India and England will now face each other in ODIs. In the first match of the three-match series, on Tuesday 23 March, the two teams will play against each other in Pune. All three matches of the series will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium here. 

England are set to give opportunities to a number of players who did not feature in the T20I series with Eoin Morgan looking to use the ODI format as an opportunity to blood some new players and provide opportunities to those who are not currently in the first-choice team. With Joe Root, Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer missing for reasons of rest and injury, there will be chances for Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings and Reece Topley to show what they can do.

India too are missing some of their first-choice players in Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja. Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya could be in line for their ODI debuts while T Natarajan and Mohammed Siraj may get the chance to build on their solitary caps. For each of these players, there is plenty to play for in this series. As there is for KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, two more established players but who were dropped during the T20I series.

India have not played an ODI in Pune since October 2018 when they lost to West Indies. They fared better the only time they have played England at the MCA Stadium, however, defeating them by three wickets in the 2017 series. That was a high-scoring game, with India chasing down England’s 350 for 7 with two overs to spare thanks to centuries from Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav, the pair putting on exactly 200 for the fifth wicket.

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Teams:

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), KL Rahul(w), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna

England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Ben Stokes, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

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