India vs. England – Second ODI, March 26, 2021

| March 25, 2021 10:12 am PDT

India has the chance to take a 2-0 lead against England in their three-match ODI series when the two sides meet again in Pune on Friday, March 26.

The Men in Blue ended up claiming a seemingly comfortable 66-run victory in the first game on Tuesday, although England has plenty of chances to win the match, too.

After looking at the bookies’ odds, I will share my India vs. England second ODI prediction and betting pick.

India vs. England Second ODI Odds

India to Win1.57
England to Win2.25

Following Tuesday’s victory, India (1.57) heads into the second ODI as the favorite to secure back-to-back wins. However, the big price for the England win (2.25) stands out to me.

Given how the first game went, you can’t blame the top online sportsbooks for favoring the home team here. But it is important to remember that England could have come out on top last time out.

I give my India vs. England second ODI prediction below.

Analyzing India’s Form

After losing the toss and being put in to bet, India made a steady start to the first match. Rohit Sharma made 28 before Shikhar Dhawan (98), and Virat Kohli (56) put the hosts in control.

England fought back, dismissing Shreyas Iyer for six and Hardik Pandya for one. But a big partnership between KL Rahul (62) and Krunal Pandya (58) saw Team India finish on 317/5.

The home bowlers initially struggled to deal with England’s openers, as Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got the tourists off to a flier with the bat. However, Pradish Krishna (4/54), Shardul Thakur (3/37), and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/30) eventually got the job done.

Kohli remains at the top of the ICC’s ODI Batting Rankings, while Rohit finds himself third.

Dhawan and Krunal may have starred in the previous game, but let’s not forget that India’s imperious captain notched up yet another half-century.

Granted, the hosts bowled well on Tuesday. But they didn’t do anything special with the ball. With that in mind, England will feel they can turn things around in Pune.

Can England Fight Back?

Ben Stokes (3/34) was the pick of the bowlers for England in the first match, with Mark Wood (2/75) picking up the other wickets. It’s fair to say that Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, and Moeen Ali all struggled to adapt to the conditions.

Still, when Roy and Bairstow took to the crease, it looked as though the visitors would motor to victory. The openers put on 140 runs between them, with Bairstow falling just six runs short of a century.

But a middle-order collapse saw the game run away from England. Ben Stokes (1) and Jos Buttler (2) both fell cheaply, leaving Eoin Morgan (22), Sam Billings (18), and Moeen (30) with too much to do.

The tourists will no doubt be kicking themselves after letting the first game slip. After all, England was miles ahead of the required run rate for much of the chase. But they failed to get over the line.

It wouldn’t be a shock if Morgan and co. decide to make a few changes to the playing XI on Friday.

India vs. England Second ODI Prediction and Pick

Pick
  • England to Win
    2.25

In my eyes, the price for the India win is far too low here. Sure, the Men in Blue ended up winning the first game with ease. But for large periods of the match, England looked in complete control.

With attractive odds of 2.25, I’m backing England to level the series on Friday. Ultimately, the tourists showed enough promise last time to suggest that they can beat India on their day.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

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