ENG vs IND, 2nd ODI: Rohit Sharma elects to field
England and India would lock horns in the second ODI at the Lord's Cricket Ground. The visitors lead the three-match series 1-0, having thrashed England in a one-sided encounter at The Oval. They could win their first ODI series in England since 2014, while the hosts seek a desperate win. Besides, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has won the toss and elected to field.
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy,Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (captain and wicket-keeper), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Craig Overton, David Willey, Brydon Carse, Reece Topley. India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna.
Former Indian captain Virat Kohli returns to the Playing XI after missing the series opener due to a groin injury. The 33-year-old has replaced middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer in the XI. On the other hand, England enter with the same XI.
The Home of Cricket, Lord's, will host the second ODI (5:30 PM IST). The wickets here have plenty for seamers, who shine more in overcast conditions. Meanwhile, the batters can have a ball after settling in. The average first-innings total here is 238. The match will be telecast live on Sony Sports Network and live-streamed on the SonyLIV app (paid subscription).
India have won only two ODI series in England so far (2-0 in 1990 and 3-1 in 2014). Rohit Sharma could become the third Indian captain after Mohammad Azharuddin and MS Dhoni to lead India to an ODI series win in England. Notably, England beat India 2-1 in 2018. They have won 17 of the 31 ODIs against India at home to date.
Rohit raced to 9,359 ODI runs in the first encounter. He could surpass Azharuddin's run-count in 50-over cricket (9,378). Former England captain Root (6,109) can surpass Australian legend Matthew Hayden (6,133) on the runs tally. The former is nine away from completing 500 boundaries in ODI cricket. India's Shami could leave behind R Ashwin on the wickets tally. Both own 151 ODI scalps.