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India vs England 2020-21 – 2nd ODI – Pune – Fantasy Pick

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Mar 26: India vs England, 2nd ODI, Pune

Pro Tip: Nobody has scored more ODI runs than Virat Kohli in Pune – 375 runs in five games at a strike rate of 94.22. Make sure you have him as one of the captaincy choices for this game.

Our XI: Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Jason Roy, Suryakumar Yadav, Ben Stokes, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Adil Rashid

Substitutes: Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Liam Livingstone, Mark Wood

Player availability: Shreyas Iyer, Rohit Sharma, Sam Billings and Eoin Morgan all suffered injuries in the last ODI. Among them, Iyer, Morgan and Billings have been sidelined from this game.

We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.

Captain: Virat Kohli

The world’s number one ODI batsman and Indian captain Kohli has been in sublime form in ODIs recently scoring six 50-plus scores in his last nine innings. If Rohit Sharma misses out this game, expect Kohli to step up and the elusive missing hundred can be achieved in this game. His last six scores against England are 56, 66, 71, 45, 75 and 55.

Vice-captain: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

India might have multiple reasons to be happy in the white-ball tour of this series, but the most important one must the form of comeback man Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He was the most economical bowler in the T20I series conceding at 6.38. Since 2019, he has been the Indian bowler with the best average – 23.25, while picking up 35 wickets in 20 games.

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Jonny Bairstow: After a poor Test series and moderate T20I series, Jonny Bairstow started the ODI series with a bang scoring 94 runs off 66 deliveries which included seven sixes. Since 2019, he has been the top run scorer for England in this format with 1284 runs at a strike rate of 104.47. His ODI batting average of 47.84 is the best among all English batters in the current squad.

Ben Stokes: The No.4 ranked ODI allrounder has been in sublime touch in the format recently. Although he has only showed glimpses of his batting potential in this series, he has been brilliant with the bat for England averaging 55.38 and scoring 720 runs in ODIs since 2019. In the four ODIs he has played in India, he has also picked up eight wickets.

Shardul Thakur: Ever since the historic Gabba Test, Shardul Thakur has been flying high. He is the highest wicket taker in the limited-overs leg of this series having picked up 11 wickets in just six games so far. He has improved his batting tremendously, which was evident in the recent Vijay Hazare trophy, where he smashed a 57-ball 92 which included six sixes for Mumbai.

Differential Picks

Adil Rashid: Although the 33-year-old Rashid was a bit up and down in the recently concluded T20I series, he has been a revelation in the ODI format picking up the second most number of wickets since 2018 with 78 scalps in 53 games at an average of 32.16. In the 14 games he has played in Asia, he has picked up 20 wickets.

Suryakumar Yadav: Yadav’s start in the International circuit has been nothing short of extraordinary in the T20I series and expect no less from him in the ODI series too. Since 2018 in List A cricket, he has scored 1572 runs in 38 innings at an average of 49.12 and a staggering strike rate of 122.23. In the last two T20I games against England, his scores were 57(31) and 32(17).

Alternate Scenarios

  • If Rohit Sharma is fit and available, he can replace KL Rahul and can be the vice-captain option.
  • The Pandya brothers can be swapped in your XI.
  • Jos Buttler and Shardul Thakur are the alternate choices for captaincy.



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Covid-19 – India in England

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The three had to isolate after training assistant Dayanand Garani tested positive for Covid-19

Bowling coach Bharat Arun, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, and reserve batter Abhimanyu Easwaran rejoined the Indian squad in Durham on Saturday – and even took part in a training session – after completing a ten-day quarantine in accordance with the UK’s Covid-19 protocols.
The trio had to isolate in London while the rest of the squad and support staff travelled to Durham, after being identified asclose contacts of training assistant/net bowler Dayanand Garani, who tested positive for Covid-19 on July 14. Garani has not yet rejoined the team.

Rishabh Pant, who had also tested positive for Covid-19, has also linked up with the squad, on July 22, after recovering. All three players – Pant, Saha and Easwaran – are now available for selection, having missed India’s three-day warm-up match against a County Select XI.
With Pant and Saha both absent for the three-day game, KL Rahul kept wickets for the Indians, as the matchended in a draw.

Rahul made 101 (retired) in the first innings, top-scoring for the Indians. Ravindra Jadeja also scored twin half-centuries, 75 and 51 (retired), while Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj were among the wickets in the first innings of the local side.





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PSL 2022 to be played in January-February in Pakistan to avoid clash with IPL

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Matches to be played in Karachi and Lahore, and finish before Australia’s tour of Pakistan

The seventh edition of the PSL will be played in Pakistan in a window in January-February next year, the PCB has confirmed after consulting the six franchises. The tournament is expected to start in early January and continue till the third week of February. The scheduled has been drawn up despite a dates’ clash with the BBL in Australia. Lahore and Karachi will host 17 matches each, with the final to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The regular PSL window, since 2016, has been in February-March, but in 2022, Pakistan is hoping to host Australia. That forced PCB to work a window either before the series against Australia or after, and neither window was without its share of clashes. April-May clashes with the IPL, and that affects the broadcasting and commercial arrangements. It is also likely to affect player availability. That window will also overlap with the month of Ramzan.

The January-February period isn’t free either, because the BBL takes place then, and a number of premier T20 players are expected to be occupied there. There is also the issue of the weather in the Punjab province of Pakistan, which tends to be foggy in winter. To deal with the weather, the PCB has decided to start the PSL in Karachi, which is ion the Sind province, in January, and then travel to Lahore, in Punjab, in February, when it is likely to be more conducive.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hampered the PSL schedule for the past two seasons, as it has the cricket calendar around the world. The fifth and sixth editions of the tournament were both played in two chunks. The 2021 edition started in February in Pakistan but was postponed after 14 matches and completed in June in Abu Dhabi. In 2020, the tournament started on time in February, but though the league stage was completed by March, the playoffs could only be held in November.

The seventh edition of the PSL will also have fresh broadcast and commercial partners after the previous deals concluded this year after a three-year run. The PCB has confirmed that it is presently working at a framework for the evaluation of the rights and their subsequent sale. The PCB is expected to hire an independent consultant to evaluate the value of the brand. In the last cycle, the PCB had secured a 358% rise in the broadcast deal, worth approximately USD 36 million.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent



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Match Preview – Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh, Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2021, 3rd T20I

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If fit, Mustafizur Rahman and Liton Das could come back to the visitors’ playing XI for the decider

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It is rather apt that a series that has had almost every shade of drama possible, including a touch of the inexplicable when, in Friday’s game, there was the hit-wicket-that-wasn’t, should have a finale of some sort. That is what we have now, after Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 23 runs in the second of three T20Is to set things up nicely for the final fixture.

Zimbabwe have pushed Bangladesh hard all along. They have squandered strong positions on three occasions after their bowlers had given them a chance, they have thrice suffered batting collapses, and they failed to defend 298 in the last of the three ODIs. All of those have proved that Bangladesh are the superior side on the whole, but they faltered on Friday, losing it on the fielding stakes. They let go two catches and had another catch fall between two fielders, while Zimbabwe defended 166 by holding on to all their nine chances.



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