After a really interesting Test Series, the three matches Indis vs England ODI series seems equally interesting wit last game still left to play. The India vs England 3rd ODI – Final game of the ODI series – will be played at the Eden Garden, Kolkata. This game will be an opportunity for Indians for another whitewash after in the recent Test series.
England’s superb effort ended in hard luck in the last two games!
However, English team gave a good challenge to the host team in the home conditions. Both the games were high-scoring games and India luckily survived in both the games. In the first game, after losing three important wickets at 63, the incredible innings by Virat Kohli and new boy Kedar Jadhav helped India chasing a target of 351. And in the second game, same happened with MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh who came on the crease at 23/3 and then played the rarest innings.
With that, Indian successfully posted a score of 380 on the scorecard and England played equally well, but hard luck again comes in their way and the Eoin Morgan’s run-out in the last moments turned out to be the turning point for Indians.
What to expect from the third game the mindsets from the both teams in India vs England 3rd ODI?
However, the ground at Eden Gardens is completely different than the previous ones in Pune and Cuttack. The wicket will be helpful to both the seamers and Spinners. And the boundaries are not at all short, one needs to use his full potential to hit fours and sixes. The game is expected not to be a high-scoring one but going to be tough and a good watch for the spectators.
The England would be expected to make room for Adil Rashid in the playing-XI after giving him a miss in the second game. Also, the strategy would be to won the toss and bat first and scoring a 300 par score or playing attacking game in case they will bowl first and not give any opportunity to Indians to settle down. The challenge ahead of the Eoin Morgan is to save the team from the whitewash and giving the players a boost ahead of three T20 games series.
On the other hand, the skipper Virat Kohli could go with the same playing XI except for Shikhar Dhawan, who can be expectedly dropped. The team should not play the game leniently thinking that they already own the series trophy. The Indian would look for a whitewash ahead of the three matched T20 series that will starts from January 26 onwards.