Having suffered a humbling in the ODI series opener at Trent Bridge, England have to hit back hard when they face India at Lord’s on Saturday.
The hosts were handed an eight-wicket thrashing in Nottingham on Thursday, with their mood not being helped by batsman Alex Hales being ruled out the whole series due to a side strain.
No century in match – 5/4
With Rohit Sharma blasting a century at Trent Bridge and a ton in the final T20 international between the two sides, a batsman on either side reaching three figures on Saturday seems highly likely.
However, the last four one-day internationals at Lord’s have yielded just one century between them so a ton on Saturday is far from the foregone conclusion that the two talent-packed batting line-ups might suggest.
Top team batsman – Kohli – 49/20
Sharma seems to be the obvious pick to lead the way with the bat for India given his back-to-back international centuries but skipper Virat Kohli remains the outstanding batter on either side.
And he will be hungry to make up for what he will feel was a missed opportunity to reach three figures at Trent Bridge, having been dismissed for 75 with 43 runs still needed for victory.
An average in excess of 58 across more than 200 one-day internationals shows both the quality and consistency that Kohli possesses, which shine through in all formats of the game.
Top team bowler – Plunkett – 59/20
While a collectively below-par batting performance by England in Nottingham contributed hugely to their defeat, there is no doubt that the majority of question marks against the hosts remain with their bowling options.
India targeted David Willey and Mark Wood early on and the hosts never recovered so will need to offer more potency with the ball at Lord’s to have a chance of keeping the series alive.
With that in mind a lot of responsibility will fall on the shoulders of paceman Liam Plunkett, who has become a key part of the England attack in the last couple of years.
And the tall seamer will be eager to show what he can do, having opened the summer with nine wickets in his first three ODI outings, but claiming just one wicket in his next three.
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