England vs India: Hosts will struggle to match the fireworks of India’s top order

Hitman Sharma aiming to keep the pressure on the Three-Lions
England vs India Preview & Betting Tips
India will be out to get the jump on England in the opening ODI game at Trent Bridge (Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

England vs India Preview & Betting Tips

England will play India in the first game of the ODI series at Trent Bridge. The hosts will have a tough time on their hands after succumbing to the visitors in the T20 series in Bristol. India are in outstanding form and should prove to be too strong for the Three Lions. 


After spanking an undermanned Australian side 5-0, England faces a serious threat to their No.1 ODI ranking. England were outplayed in the T20 series in Bristol and the return of all-rounder Ben Stokes failed to make an impact. Stokes came into the side at expense of Joe Root who is under real pressure to retain a place in the side with the World Cup on the horizon in England next year.

Alex Hales move to first drop could pave dividends for the hosts. Hales hit 147 in the series against Australia and will be expected to take the fight to India’s mystery spinners.


India lost pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah to a broken thumb and have opted to replace him with Shardul Thakur. Thakur will enjoy the conditions at Trent Bridge and will be making his fourth appearance for India after taking 4-wickets against South Africa. 

India boasts one of the most formidable batting cards in one day cricket spearheaded by the skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Kohli has hit three centuries in his last six innings and Sharma is in form after cracking a 56-ball century in his last innings against the hosts. The visitors have won their last six ODI series and should prove too strong for the hosts in the series opener.

Rohit Sharma heads into the first ODI of the summer in outstanding form for the tourists (Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Match Up 

The tourists are in-form and are riding a wave of confidence after chasing down England’s total of 199 to seal a T20 series victory. Rohit Sharma heads into the match with runs on the board after hitting a 56-ball century.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya is in ominous form, taking 4-38 with the ball and belling 33no from 14 balls. England hasn’t defeated India in an ODI series since 2011 and struggled to contain the Indian top order in the T20 series. 

India have won their last six ODI series and will be too strong for the Three Lions in the series opener.

Key Statistics

  • England hasn’t beaten India in an ODI series since 2011.
  • Joe Root has one 50 in his last 7 ODI innings.
  • Rohit Sharma has averaged 60.95 in his last 12 months of ODI cricket
  • Virat Kohli has hit 3 centuries in his last six innings at 186 average and strike rate of 99.46


England have shown plenty of promise in the 50-over format after whitewashing an undermanned Australian side 5-0. India are a side riding a wave of confidence and after defeating the hosts by 7 wickets in the T20 series final and be looking to continue their outstanding white-ball form.

India looks a class above the hosts in every department with Rohit Sharma leading the way with the bat. Look for the Indian opener to continue his outstanding T20 form as India strike first in the opening game. 

Best Bet: India win @ 2.10
Top Indian Batsman: Rohit Sharma @ 4.50
Top England Batsman: Alex Hales @ 4.50

India Squad 
Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni (WK), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Suresh Raina, Umesh Yadav, and Axar Patel.

England Squad 
Eoin Morgan(c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Jake Ball, Sam Curran
Dan Gardner 12 July 2018

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