Toss: Eoin Morgan won the toss and England chose to bat first against India in the second of three One-Day Internationals at Lord’s on Saturday (July 14).
What they said
Eoin Morgan: We’re going to have a bat first. It’s difficult to tell how the pitch will behave. We want to get a score on the board and hope the wicket deteriorates. The more we face Kuldeep (Yadav), the better we will get. Ours is one of the better bowling sides in the world. If we learn along the way, we will get better.
Virat Kohli: We are very happy to chase, we have chased successfully two times in the T20Is and in the previous ODIs. Lord’s always has something in it for the seamers. We want Kuldeep and (Yuzvendra) Chahal to do well in the middle overs but the seamers will play a role as well. Not thinking about the World Cup too much, it’s still far away. We love coming here, the crowds have been good. We are very excited to play here.
Series: Four games into their tour, India have been the dominant side. After defeating England 2-1 in the Twenty20 Internationals, they cruised to a comfortable five-wicket win in the first ODI. But England have been one of the most destructive ODI sides in recent years, as their No. 1 ranking on the ICC charts indicate, and will be raring to bounce back. Their biggest challenge will be tackling India’s wrist-spinners, Kuldeep in particular.
Conditions: The Lord’s surface is typically rewarding for batsmen and it can be expected to play on similar lines. The pitch has a hint of green and seamers should have a say in proceedings early on. The weather remains pleasant and clear with the temperature not expected to go above 25 °C.
“It’s got a green tinge, there should be something in it for seamers with the new ball, but underneath it is dry. The boundaries are small. Seamers will have something in first 10 overs, no ready made turn for spinners, but there should be bounce. Teams should look to bowl first,” say Alan Wilkins and Sanjay Manjrekar.
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (capt), Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav.