Date & Time: Saturday, August 01, 18:30 IST
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England
Well, England proved why they are the champions of this format on the other day at Southampton. Despite playing with half-strength squad, they have outsmarted Ireland pretty easily on the back of performances of David Willey and Sam Billings. They would like to replicate the similar show for the upcoming game as well to seal the series with a match left in the series.
The likes of Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Eoin Morgan will be itching to have a go while the youngsters like Billings, Tom Banton and James Vince would like to prove their mettle for the selectors. Besides them, bowlers like Saqib and Tom Curran will look to deliver strong performance to push for their place in the upcoming few important series’ against top-ranked teams.
On the other hand, Ireland have there positives in the lower-middler-order lineup but unfortunately, couldn’t deliver with the top-order batsmen. They were knocked down pretty easily by Dawid Willey and never gave enough runs for the bowlers to work on. Seniors need to stand up for the cause while the youngsters need to make the opportunity count.
As far as the bowling department is concerned, they have done well initially but failed to tackle Sam Billings in the middle-order. This time, they would look to pull their socks up to put on a better show and help team level the series scoreline.
Similar lineups are expected for the second game of the series as well. England would continue to give chances to Tom Banton and James Vince alongside the fast bowlers while Ireland might put William Porterfield once again on the sidelines. Unless any injury at the last moment, both teams are expected to be unchanged for this game.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), James Vince, Eoin Morgan (c), Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Saqib Mahmood
Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, Kevin O Brien, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Simi Singh, Curtis Campher, Andy McBrine, Little/Chase, Craig Young
Keeping the bio-security protocols in mind, the ECB has decided to organise all three games of the series at a single venue. The Rose Bowl generally produces good batting wickets for white-ball cricket and it shouldn’t be any different on Saturday. The pitch is likely to offer even bounce and minimal seam movement. A high-scoring game is on the cards.
Total matches – 29
Matches won batting first – 14
Matches won bowling first – 13
Average 1st Inns scores – 246
Average 2nd Inns scores – 212
The right-handed batsman has been brilliant in the recent past and will look to make it up for the last game as well. He has got PPM of 59 in his ODI career with an MDTA of 1.64. With conditions expected to favour batsman, Jonny Bairstow might take the advantage.
The all-rounder has displayed high-quality skills in the first game and will look to continue the similar show on Saturday as well. The flamboyant cricketer caries PPM of 62 in last five games and MDTA of 1.67.
He has been the man for Ireland over the years. Stirling has got the caliber to make things fall in place and one of the few players, who can make it tough for England. He got PPM of 55 in his ODI career and MDTA of 1.9
The experienced campaigner of England has done well in the past and is expected to make a big show in the second ODI. He has got PPM of 50.33 in the first game and MDTA of 1.58.
Well, the flamboyant batsman has got the caliber to change the complexion of the game with ease. He is our big bet player for this game, especially, after failing in the first game. He got PPM of 57 and MDTA of 1.9 in his ODI career.
Yet another player from this contest for the big bet has to be Eoin Morgan of England. The stylish southpaw has done exceptionally well in England and will look to deliver this time as well. He got PPM over 40’s in all departments.
The exciting youngster has been brilliant in the franchise tournaments in the last one year but he is our missing player for the upcoming, as there is little scope for him to deliver something big in the middle. Further, he looks a bit rusty in the middle after this lockdown period. Thus, we aren’t choosing him as a captain or Vice-Captain in any of our teams.