India vs England, 3rd ODI, Headingley: Eoin Morgan wins toss, opts to field
England have opted to bowl against India in the three-ODI series deciding match er after Eoin Morgan won the toss at Headingley on Tuesday. (LIVE UPDATES)
Smarting from their 86-run loss in the second ODI, India made three changes to the line-up. They dropped KL Rahul and picked Dinesh Karthik in his place while bringing in Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur for Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul. (LIVE SCORECARD)
England were forced to make one change with James Vince coming in place of injured opener Jason Roy.
India have had the upper hand in the ODIs over England having not lost a One-Day series against them since 2011, but England have won their last four games at Headingley.
According to the expert commentators doing pitch report, it is a pitch where the ball will come on nicely to the bat and it will certainly turn later on.
Swing bowlers have generally enjoyed bowling at Headingley and with a strong breeze blowing on Tuesday morning, effective pace bowling could be a factor in the game. Since the start of 2016, Indian have all their ODI series, winning nine in a row. England are on a similar run having won their last 10 series.
The two main issues India will need to address in the final game will be their middle order batting and death bowling. India had conceded 82 runs in the last eight overs at Lord’s.
India captain Virat Kohli seemed happy with the opportunity to bowl in the second half. “Not much grass on it, so we expect the spinners to come into play in the second half. Rahul misses out for Karthik. Dinesh was a tactical change and the other two because they haven’t got a game yet. Today is another opportunity for us to go and prove ourselves. We just have to come out and express ourselves,” said Kohli.
Eoin Morgan called it “a really good wicket”. “The wickets here have always been good throughout 100 overs, so it should be the same today. Very rarely do we get occasions like this and against a side like India it’ll be great. Vince has been in fantastic form for Hampshire, so unfortunately Roy misses out.”
India playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur and Yuzvendra Chahal.
England playing XI: Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood.
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