Manchester: A positive frame of mind helps a team to escalate its performance. England didn’t drop their shoulders after being hammered by India in the first ODI. The hosts came back strongly and outclassed the visitors in the second match. The Indian batting order surrendered meekly against Topley and co. at Lords.
There is no certainty in cricket. A team should be ready to face any result on a particular day. Both teams are gearing up for the decider at Old Trafford in Manchester today.
This is the same venue where India lost to New Zealand in the World Cup semi-finals of 2019. India has a chance to wipe out the old memory and win the three-match ODI series against England.
Both sides have batting issues. The hosts are hoping for a better show from their batters, who have struggled so far against Indian pacers and spinners. They were blown away by some tremendous bowling from Jasprit Bumrah, ably supported by Shami in the opening encounter.
In the second match, England failed to score heavily against accurate Indian bowling. The important thing to emerge from this series is that bowling has dominated over batting. The bowlers won the match for both sides.
This will be the last match for the out-of-form Kohli before his long break. He hasn’t been picked for the upcoming West Indies tour. Indian batsmen need to be careful and have to score against variable English attacks.
Both sides are looking to grab the series. The blockbuster decider of the series is likely to be full of thrills. The match will commence at 3:30pm IST at Old Trafford, Manchester. It is a fine time to enjoy the weekend with a mouth-watering match on the card.