India v England, 1st ODI Preview & Prediction

After taking a hiding in the test match series before Christmas, England return to India for the limited overs contests and on Sunday Pune is the venue for the first of three ODI’s.

Virat Kohli takes on the role of skipper of India’s ODI side after MS Dhoni stepped down and his first task will be to continue their dominance of England who lost a five match test series 4-0 at the end of last year.

Whilst India’s test match form has seen an upward curve their results in ODI’s are not quite as impressive. They did win 3-2 at home to New Zealand towards the end of 2016 but earlier in the year they were trounced 4-1 in Australia and in 2015 they were edged out 3-2 on home soil by South Africa.

India Squad:  ODI squad: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), MS Dhoni, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav

England were in Bangladesh in the second half of last year and they saw off a useful side on their own patch with a 2-1 series win. Earlier in 2016 they completed comfortable series wins at home to Pakistan (4-1) and Sri Lanka (3-0).

England Squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes

Head to Head

From 93 meetings in ODI’s India have won 50 to England’s 38 with two ties and three “no results”.

On Indian soil 45 matches have delivered 29 wins for India and 15 for England with one tie.

The most recent meetings came in a tri series staged in Australia in 2015 and England won both head to heads, by nine wickets and then 3 wickets.

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Match Result

India 5/10

England 15/10

Bet: Most Match Sixes, England

England have some awesome hitting power in this format and they get the vote to clear the ropes more times than India.

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