Lords: The confidence level of Indian cricketers has been sky high after thrashing World Champions England in the first ODI by 10 wickets.
Both teams are gearing up for the second ODI to be played at Lord’s on Thursday. Despite Virat Kohli’s dismal form and groin injury, the boys in blue are set to produce another dominant show in today’s match and seal the series.
Kohli’s poor performance, however, hasn’t put any pressure on the team as other players have been playing astonishing cricket in the white-ball games. The Indian team is looking solid in all departments after winning the T20 series 2-1 and a convincing 10-wicket victory in the first ODI at the Oval.
Kohli’s injury may be considered a blessing in disguise because, in his absence, newcomers get a chance to reveal their talent and batting prowess.
Rohit Sharma and his men must hope that the pitch of the Lords behaves like the Oval, where conditions were favourable for Bumrah and co to get lateral movement both in the air and off the track. Bumrah is in his best of form and the evergreen Shami, along with others, is ready to rip through England’s batting and help the team to bag the series and make it a dead rubber.
Skipper, Rohit Sharma, has a concern over Shreyas Iyer and his continuing problems handling the short ball. Most bowlers keep him in trouble with short-pitched deliveries.
Deepak Hooda is replete with talent. He is warming the bench in this format because of the reputation of some players. Hence, pressure is on Iyer to perform.
The Jos Buttler-led England side has to sort out a lot of issues. The team has to click as a unit to challenge the formidable Indian side. The pressure is on the hosts to win today’s match and keep the series alive. Unlike the one-sided affair of the previous match, cricket fans are hoping to see a fierce battle in the second ODI today.
The match will commence at 17:30 IST.