After a successful Test series, Rob Handley gives us his picks for the first ODI of this three match series
India v England First ODI: Sunday 7:30am, Sky Sports 3
The ODI series kicks off in Pune on Sunday and England will be hoping for a change of fortune after a hammering in the Test series. The fresher-faced ODI squad won’t be baring too many of the scares earnt in the Tests which will give the tourists some impetus going into the first ODI.
Only one ODI and two T20’s has been played at this venue, though is the home of IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiants where you’ll find frequent 20 over scores of over 170. Add this to competitive teams with a bit needle between them and we could be in for a run fest. With Kohli, Root, Hales and Rahane to name a few in the sides, someone is bound to step up and score century, which is my first pick at 8/11.
Despite Dhawan’s fruitful tour of Australia his recent record at home is less than impressive whilst both the English opening pair had excellent summers. Roy and Hales will take the game to the Indians regardless of the situation and will certainly enjoy the competitive nature of this series.
As a longer priced tip, Eoin Morgan has been in good form in the Big Bash, scoring two fifties which included a straight 6 off the final ball to win his final game. The England skipper has always been a form player and will be keen to stamp his authority on the side once more after missing the tour of Bangladesh. 11/2 represents a good price for him to top the batting for the away side.