India vs England 3rd ODI : Jos Buttler’s Reaction After Virat Kohli Loses Toss in 3rd ODI is Unmissable

India vs England 3rd ODI : Jos Buttler’s Reaction After Virat Kohli Loses Toss in 3rd ODI is Unmissable

India skipper Virat Kohli has on most occasions been on the wrong side of the toss and that has hurt them. Kohli must have been hoping that he wins the all-important toss in the third and final ODI in Pune on Sunday. Hoping to be third-time lucky – he was not. Buttler won the toss on Sunday at the MCA Stadium and as expected – opted to bowl first.

India vs England 3rd ODI Predicted Playing 11: India’s total of 336 was made to look far from sufficient in the 2nd ODI and so the last match of England’s two-month tour is a series decider. India are looking for a hat-trick of series wins after coming out on top in the Tests and T20Is. The visitors, despite having pushed India to the limits, will be looking for some silverware to take back for their efforts.

England hit an astounding 20 sixes in a 337-run chase which became a cakewalk, thanks to inept bowling from spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya. Kuldeep leaked 84 runs in the second game after giving 64 runs in the first. And, so did Krunal Pandya, who gave 72 runs in six overs with an embarrassing average of 12 per over.

Skipper Virat Kohli, who hit two successive 50 plus scores, would be keen to carry his form and convert the start into a really big total and end the century drought.

Hardik would continue to play his role of a finisher but question mark remains on what kind of workload management is happening considering that he has rarely bowled save a few overs in the recently concluded T20 International.

Pune, March 28 (IANS) England won the toss and chose to bowl in the third ODI against India at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Sunday.

With the three-match series level at 1-1, the winner of the third ODI will win the series.

After Kohli lost the toss, he walked behind Buttler, as the English stand-in skipper smiled. It seemed hilarious but time and again, Kohli has said toss is not something within his control and hence he has to be prepared for all situations and has imbibed this culture in the dressing-room as well.

India has made one change as they have brought in T. Natarajan for Kuldeep Yadav. At the toss, Kohli admitted that he too would have bowled on a surface like this. Hoping for an improved show with the ball, he also said that India will look to add 20-30 more runs to their total from the second ODI – where they posted a what-seemed-like-a-mammoth 336.

“I would’ve bowled first again, but it seems like the toss is completely out of my control right now. It’s a hard pitch and has some grass covering. We’ve introspected and identified a few areas that we need to improve on, put up 20-30 more runs with the bat and put up a better show with the ball,” said Kohli at the toss.

India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), KL Rahul (wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Md. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur

England: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Livingstone, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood. Covers: Jake Ball, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan