England won the toss and decided to bat first against India. A high-on-confidence Indian cricket team is looking to clinch another series on the UK tour unless England find a way to tackle the marauding Kuldeep Yadav when the two teams clash in the second and penultimate ODI at Lord’s in London on Saturday. It is a short turn-around from the first ODI at Trent Bridge, as also from the T20I series that finished 2-1 in India’s favour Sunday. Get live cricket score of India vs England 2nd ODI at Lord’s here. (LIVE SCORE)
15:13 hrs IST: Now, a look at the playing XI for India — RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli, L Rahul, S Raina, MS Dhoni, H Pandya, S Kaul, U Yadav, K Yadav, Y Chahal.
15:09 hrs IST: A look at the England XI — : J Roy, J Bairstow, J Root, E Morgan, J Buttler, B Stokes, M Ali, D Willey, L Plunkett, A Rashid, M Wood.
15:05 hrs IST: England have won the toss and captain Eoin Morgan has decided to bat first.
15:02 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the 2nd ODI encounter between England and India at the Lord’s.
In conditions resembling those in Manchester, in terms of a dry pitch, the English batsmen failed to comprehend Kuldeep’s wrist spin. Like at Old Trafford, he was also helped by the breeze blowing across the ground and gained drift, bamboozling the batsmen to pick his best figures in ODI cricket.
Unlike in the T20 series, England do not have the option of battling this phenomenon with a practice outing against the spin-bowling machine, Merlyn. With both teams travelling to London on Friday, there might not even be enough time to sit down for some video analysis. In that light, the English batsmen will have to contend mentally with how to play Yadav tomorrow.
It will be easier said than done. Some of it is down to shot selection. At 70-odd for no loss after 10 overs, Jason Roy didn’t need to play the two reverse sweeps in two overs against the wrist spinners, the second resulting in his dismissal. Skipper Eoin Morgan didn’t play the best shot against Yuzvendra Chahal either. Yadav outfoxed both Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, with the latter in particular looking all at sea.
It has been a poor ten days for Root, and England’s prime batsman for the summer is looking bereft of any confidence. This was the third time in three innings that he was out to wrist spin, falling to googlies in the two T20Is he played. A sharp leg break did the job at Trent Bridge, in what is quickly becoming a problem for Root.