Mar 23, 2021
Mar 23, 2021

India vs. England ODI Cricket series preview

India vs. England ODI series - dates and times

India and England batting stats

India and England bowling stats

India vs. England ODI Cricket series preview

Having won both the Test and Twenty20 series, India will be hoping to complete the hat-trick when they take on England in the upcoming three-match One Day International series.

After a thrilling T20 series, India and England go head-to-head in the 50-over format. They are the top two teams in the ODI rankings, so this three-match series promises to be another enthralling battle, with plenty of fireworks expected.

All three of the one-day games will take place at the Maharashtra Stadium in Pune, and each will be a day-night encounter. The opening game starts at 8am (GMT) on Tuesday March 23, followed by the second ODI on Friday March 26, also at 8am (GMT), while the third ODI will begin at 9am (GMT) on Sunday March 28.

India and England batting stats

England start the series as the number one 50-over team in the world, with just one ODI Series defeat in their last 10 played.

It is 21 months since Eoin Morgan's men lifted the World Cup on home soil and their 50-over form has not quite been at the level it was prior to the tournament, which is why they are 2.500* to win the opening match.

England have won four and lost four of their last eight ODI games and have scored 300+ runs in just two of those. Much of that though has been down to the regular rotation of the team and much more is expected in this three-match series.

With Test captain Joe Root rested, a lot of the pressure will be on the tourists’ top order. With mounting talk of a potential return for Alex Hales, Jason Roy needs a big series to cement his place in the squad. The opener has scored just 70 runs in his last seven ODI innings and you have to go back to June 2019 for his last century.

India's recent ODI form has also been patchy, with just three wins in their last nine 50-over games – although they have smashed over 300 runs in each of their last three.

Skipper Virat Kohli has not made three figures since August 2019, but his ODI average is 59.31, highlighting the threat he poses to England. The hosts are 1.598* to claim an opening victory.

India and England bowling stats

One big setback in the bowling department for England is the absence of Jofra Archer, with the paceman ruled out due to an ongoing elbow issue.

India have chopped and changed their bowling attack in recent months.

Archer's injury is compounded by the fact that the selectors have decided to rest the ever-reliable Chris Woakes, while Mark Wood also had fitness concerns through the T20 series.

England have looked to the swing of Tom Curran in recent series, but with a lack of movement likely in Pune, the spin options of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali could prove key.

The pace of Jake Ball may also be used, with the Nottinghamshire bowler on the reserve list. He has ODI experience in Pune, having taken 3-67 in 10 overs there back in 2017.

India have chopped and changed their bowling attack in recent months, but their T20 success highlighted how influential Bhuvneshwar Kumar is with the ball.

The 31-year-old – who has 132 ODI wickets to his name - halted England’s fast start in the third T20 clash and ended with figures of 2-15 in his four overs.

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