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2nd ODI: England elect to bowl, Bhuvneshwar replaces Umesh

13:05  England elect to bowl, Bhuvneshwar replaces Umesh:   England captain Eoin Morgan has won the toss and elected to bowl against India in the second ODI in Cuttack.

The visitors believe that dew could play a part in the second half of the match and that seems to have had a bearing on their decision to bowl first.

India have made one change to their line-up as Umesh Yadav gets a break, making way for fellow pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

England have also made one change with medium pace all-rounder Liam Plunkett taking the place of leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

India lead the series 1-0 following their three-wicket victory in Pune when they chased down a mammoth 351 for victory courtesy of magnificent centuries from Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav.


12:56  India aim to seal series in Cuttack, do-or-die for England:   Welcome to the coverage of the second One-Day International between India and England, in Cuttack, on Thursday.

The hosts are once again ready to show their ruthless streak as they aim for a series clinching victory against England at the Barabati stadium.

With captain Virat Kohli leading from the front as he continues his golden run with the bat — playing one magical knock after other, notching up 300 plus scores has been like a walk in the park for the Indians.

it was Kedar Jadhav, who matched his skipper stroke-for-stroke during his 65-ball-hundred in the first ODI in Pune on Sunday.

As the teams gear up for the second ODI at Cuttack, the visiting England team will certainly feel a bit deflated after failing to defend a total of 350 despite having got four top-order batsmen back in the hut for less than 100.

India have a good record at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, where they have won 11 out of their 15 ODI games.

While the Indian bowling was taken to task by the England batsmen on a Pune flat track, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh’s failure with the bat was the only blot in their victory. It will be interesting to see if India continue with Yuvraj at No. 4 and Dhoni at No. 5 or if they swap their batting positions and give the latter more time to settle down and get his eye in.

Source: Rediff