Pune: England won the toss and chose to bowl first in the second ODI of the 3-match series against India, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The Indian team seems full of confidence for the second ODI.
Kohli said in a statement, “we wanted to bat first again. Conditions play a big part, soft outfield again, just getting runs on the board in the last game really helped us out. We always felt we were in the game. That’s what development of a team is all about. If you want to perform anywhere in the world against your wishes, then you have to be ready to do whatever happens at the toss”.
That’s why we wanted to put ourselves in a similar position again even if we won the toss. Hopefully, we can do much better in the middle overs. You have to be precise in your plans and executions. That’s something we did the last game. We didn’t want to take the game deep. We wanted to attack at all times. He (Shreyas Iyer) is out with a shoulder injury, Rishabh Pant replaces him, that’s the only change.
As many as four Indian batsmen notched up their respective half-centuries but the team management would have been most pleased with the performance of KL Rahul who had a forgettable series in the shortest format. In the bowling department, it was a superb turnaround after the thrashing they received at the hands of Bairstow-Roy. The hosts ought to make a forced change with Shreyas Iyer ruled out of the series.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler(w/c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley