Manchester memories could haunt India
- India have been exceptional with the new ball.
- England’s left-arm attack in focus.
Three years ago at this venue, India left with broken hearts as they succumbed in the 2019 World Cup semi-final to New Zealand. A revamped squad, some powerful middle-order batters and greater bowling depth makes them a tougher side to beat in this series decider. They have odds of 2.01 to win this game.
England, on the other hand, came back strong with the ball thanks to early wickets in the second ODI. The Lord’s surface, though, was very different and Manchester could pose a bigger challenge for both side. England have odds of 1.72 to win this game.
At Lord’s, England used their left-arm quicks pretty well and rotated their bowlers cleverly to derail India’s top-order. They will need more of that on Sunday against a quality Indian batting line-up. Lots could hinge on how England do with the new ball.
Our pick: A flatter track at Manchester brings England’s big hitters into play. Back England at 1.72 to win this one!
India have concerns around their batting and despite looking gold while at the crease, Virat Kohli continued his rough patch. Rohit Sharma will be banked upon to give India an early edge in the game. They might ponder playing Shreyas Iyer instead of Suryakumar Yadav.
Keep an eye on…
Mohammed Shami: Fastest Indian to 150 ODI wickets, Mohammed Shami is a natural wicket-taker and on a flatter wicket, India will hope he can ruffle England in the middle overs, where he is known to make maximum impact.
Jonny Bairstow: In red hot form, Bairstow will enjoy the conditions in Manchester. Expect the England opener to go all guns blazing at the start against a strong Indian attack if there’s no swing.
TIP: Bairstow has a knack of making a huge impact on flatter wickets. Back Jonny Bairstow at 4.71 to be best match batter for England!