India will look to seal a series win when they take on hosts England in the second ODI at Lord’s on Saturday. Virat Kohli’s men lead the three-match series 1-0 after their commanding eight wicket win in Trent Bridge.
With a series win on the line, the men in blue are expected to field their strongest line-up once again. This will mean that Dinesh Karthik will continue to miss out with Suresh Raina set to retain his place in the middle-order.
While no changes are expected in India’s batting and all-round departments, the question mark leading into Saturday’s game will be the fitness of pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The pacer sat out the first ODI due to a stiff lower back with Siddarth Kaul sharing the new-ball attack with Umesh Yadav.
With the all-important five-match Test series set to follow the ODIs, Kohli might be tempted to rest Bhuvneshwar, especially after Jasprit Bumrah’s injury blow.
As such, Kaul could keep his place in the playing XI after a decent showing in Trent Bridge.
For the hosts, Alex Hales has been ruled out for the remainder of the series due to a side strain which in effect will make the selection task much easier for skipper Eoin Morgan. With Hales out, England are set to repeat their batting order in Nottingham with Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Morgan and Jos Buttler set to make up the middle-order while Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow continue to open the innings.
It will be in the bowling department that Morgan could consider a change with his pacers going wicketless in the first ODI. Mark Wood was highly expensive and the hosts could turn to either Jake Ball or Sam Curran to freshen things up.
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Sam Curran.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.
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