India will be hosting England for the second ODI on Friday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. India is currently 1-0 up in the on-going bilateral series and just need one more win to seal the ODI series. England needs to win the upcoming game to keep the series alive. This high octane fixture could be a run-fest when two cricketing supergiants will be facing each other. Both teams will be aiming to bring their A-game on Friday and win the game comprehensively. The team management of both teams will be counting on their best players to step up on such crucial occasions. Let’s have a look at the three players to watch out for:
- Virat Kohli
After winning the Man of the Series award in the T20I series, the Indian skipper looks in fine touch. He even scored a half-century in the first ODI and built an important partnership with Shikhar Dhawan in the middle overs. The Indian fans would expect a masterclass from Virat Kohli in the coming fixtures which would benefit India against the visiting English team.
- Rohit Sharma
The Indian vice-captain has a good record against England in the ODI format and he would be looking forward to adding more numbers on the scoreboard for his team. After getting off to a steady start in the first ODI Rohit Sharma fell prey to Ben Stokes on a pretty ordinary delivery. Rohit is currently one of the best opening batsmen across all formats and the Indian fans would expect a big score from him after missing out in the previous game.
- Jonny Bairstow
The Indian camp wouldn’t forget Jonny Bairstow’s hammering in the powerplay in the first ODI. The England opener dismissed when he was just six runs shy of his century. His departure turned the game in India’s favour as the rest of the English batsmen couldn’t contribute with the bat as Bairstow. The 31-year-old cricketer looks in good touch in the ODI format and might create such issues for India in the powerplay.