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11-Jul-2018 07:00:00 GMT
Eng v Ind, 1st ODI, Nottingham

India eyeing No.1 ODI spot against England

Nottingham: British men will look to restore some pride in their preferred limited-overs format when the ODI series starts at Trent Bridge on Thursday, July 12.

India won their most recent ODI series against the touring English team in January 2017 by 2-1.

The first game saw England post 350/7, but India reached the target with 11 balls to spare. in the second fixture, India batted first and scored 381/6 and England fell just short as they reached 366/8. But they restored some pride in the final game as they defended 321/8 to win by five runs.

For Visitors, Injured Jasprit Bumrah and Washington Sundar have been replaced by Shardul Thakur and Axar Patel respectively.

With the bat, India is packed with tremendous talent. Virat Kohli averages 167.75 in his last seven ODI's while Rohit Sharma has scored 534 runs in ten games at an average of 59.33.

While Rohit alongside KL Rahul, also hit a century in the most recent T20 international between the two. Hardik Pandya's all-round performance and skills gives them an additional advantage against the opposition.

With the ball, Kuldeep and Yuzvendra will be key. Kuldeep Yadav claimed 20 wickets in his last eight ODIs.

On otherhand, England were in glistening ODI form in their most recent series, as they whitewashed the depleted Australian tourists. It was not just the 5-0 series victory that impressed but the manner of those wins too, which included the world record 481/6 scored in their most recent game at Trent Bridge.

With the bat, Alex Hales stole the headlines with his 147 in the record-breaking innings at Trent Bridge, while England's batting depth extends to Jos Buttler - who hit a match-winning 110* in the final match against Australia.

With the ball, leg-spinner Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali will be major threat for the visitors. Rashid picked up his 100th ODI wicket during the series with Australia. While Ali has picked up 18 wickets in his previous ten ODI's.

Sam Curran has replaced his brother Tom Curran for the ODI series against India following the latter's injury.

Teams from

Eoin Morgan (Capt.), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Jake Ball, and Sam Curran.

India: Virat Kohli (Capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Suresh Raina, Umesh Yadav, and Axar Patel.

Weather and conditions
The humidity levels will be around 40 percentage. With the game being an afternoon fixture, the temperature is expected to be around 23 degree Celsius. There is no forecast of rain.

Stats and trivia

  • Dinesh Karthik needs just four more runs to complete 1500 runs in ODI cricket.
  • Axar Patel needs five more wickets to scalp 50 wickets in ODI cricket.
  • MS Dhoni is just 33 runs short of the shimmering feat of 10,000 ODI runs. Amassing these runs, Dhoni will become the only 12th player overall and 4th Indian in the history of cricket to go past 10,000 ODI runs.

Match facts
Thursday July 12, 2018
Start Time: 12:30 local (11:30 GMT)

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