Skipper Rohit Sharma and the blues were aware of Jason Roy being a pressure player for the visitors as he was close to scoring a classic half century before team India decided to go with Hardik Pandya.
Hardik Pandya in the second ODI dismissed Jason Roy and the fact of these two clashing with an advantage to India, skipper Rohit did not hesitate to show a change in bowling.
Hardik Pandya successfully took Roy’s wicket followed by having a maiden wicket over.
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w/c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Craig Overton, David Willey, Brydon Carse, Reece Topley
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna
Skipper’s say during the toss:
Jos Buttler: “We would have looked to bat. It is a little muggy and there might be some swing early on, but will get better for batting as the game progresses. It is great for the series as it is 1-1 coming into this game. Lots of positives, we scrapped with the bat to get a defendable total in the last game. We are going with the same team.”
Rohit Sharma: “We are gonna bowl first. It looks like a good track and won’t change for the course of 100 overs. It is the series decider and we have played some good cricket on the tour, we took the learning from the last game and hopefully will rectify the mistakes. We have bowled well in the limited overs leg, the T20 series as well. Hopefully we can restrict them today to a reasonable target. Bumrah has a niggle and we don’t want to risk him, so Siraj comes in.”