India vs England 3rd ODI Preview: With series on the line, can Indian bowlers counter England's ultra-aggressive approach
India are expected to bring in T Natarajan in place of Krunal Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal for Kuldeep Yadav to strengthen their bowling while Mark Wood is set to replace Tom Curran in England's playing XI.
England's high-risk, high-reward approach
This is the thing with a high-risk approach. It comes with big rewards when it comes off. When it does not, it looks silly, like it did in the series opener when England lost all their 10 wickets within 116 runs and seemed a bit foolhardy when they had such a good platform to easily close out the chase from. However, when it does come off, it looks like a million dollars.
In the second ODI, as Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow carted the Indian bowlers to all parts of the park, the visitors dished out an imperious performance which not only helped them level the series and set up the decider on Sunday but also land some heavy blows on India's confidence.
Whatever the result of the final ODI, one thing is for sure that England, buoyed by the result of the second ODI, will continue to go hard, and even try to put their foot on the accelerator a little bit more come the 3rd ODI. What would be interesting to see is how India react to another onslaught.
Winning the toss a big advantage
While the way the England batsmen have batted in the ODI series has been formidable, the conditions have also been in their favour. They have won the toss in both the first two ODIs and have got the opportunity to chase.
The ball, particularly in the first 15 overs of the first innings, stops a bit in the surface and there is also some swing on offer, which has been utilised well by the England bowlers in both the ODIs as they haven't allowed India to get off to a quick start.
Team India has a set template in ODIs where they build quite deep into the innings and finally launch in the last 15 overs. However, that approach has meant that India have left a few runs on the table in both the ODIs, something the team would like to correct in the decider.
The England spinners have also got dryer surfaces, without the impact of due, as the ball grips in the wicket a little bit more. Plus, batting under lights has been a big advantage for the visitors. If India manage to win the toss in the final ODI and chase, this equation can be flipped.
Chahal, Natarajan to get the nod
India managed to engineer a turnaround in the series opener, but were clearly short on bowling options in the second ODI. They went into the match with just five bowling options after Hardik Pandya decided to not bowl in the ODIs, with Krunal Pandya being their fifth bowler.
Clearly, this is not an ideal combination against a batting powerhouse like England which has big hitters from top to bottom. As a result, they have no choice but to make a few changes to their playing XI.
India will have to bring in an extra bowling option, and with Washington Sundar the only all-rounder in their reserves, the team is likely to drop Krunal Pandya and bring in an out and out and bowler in his place. With the spinners having not made an impact, the team is likely to bring in T Natarajan and go in with a four-prong pace attack.
Yuzvendra Chahal will also find a place in the XI after Kuldeep Yadav hasn't been able to get it right in two outings.
Wood to replace Tom Curran
England do not have a lot of changes to make with Sam Billings and Eoin Morgan having sustained injuries in the series opener.
Mark Wood was rested for the 2nd ODI and is all set to be back for the Sunday clash. He is expected to replace Tom Curran, with Reece Topley likely to retain his spot after an impressive display in the second ODI.
Here are the probable playing XIs:
India - Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant(wk), Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, T Natarajan
England - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler(c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Reece Topley
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