Toss could be the deciding factor in the ODI series

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By Saurabh Gandle, Saurabh Gandle is a Roar Guru

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    India has won the T-20 series over England in a riveting contest between two equally-matched sides. The win came after England scored 198 runs in the 20 overs to set India a target to go at ten runs per over from the word go.

    The chase wasn’t a cakewalk as India lost Shikhar Dhawan early. But Rohit Sharma’s majestic ton (100*) with abled support from Virat Kohli, and a brilliant all-round performance from Hardik Pandya did the trick as India crossed the line before the 19th over.

    But the important trend to notice was toss. The toss was the deciding factor. In first ODI, Virat won the toss put England to bat first and chased down the target.

    In the second T-20 Eoin Morgan didn’t have any hesitation to put India to bat first, and last T-20 Kohli called the toss correct and put England to hit the ground running first.

    In all three T-20s the team chasing won, which perhaps shows if two sides are evenly matched, and there is no dew, no help for the spinners and an absence of overcast conditions, the team chasing holds the ace.

    For a team batting first, the opposition batsmen are not sure what is the defendable score, and hence the team has to go from ball one and start attacking. In doing so, the team could lose the wickets in a cluster and miss out on what could have been a competitive score.

    England yesterday, for example, looked set for 220 but fell 20 runs short as they lost the wicket in heaps towards the end. Alternatively India could plan the chase by keeping wickets in hand and bursting towards the end, which is what exactly happened and India won the game comfortably without breaking a sweat.

    So if the trend continues the same way, toss could be the deciding factor in the ODI series between India and England. But in saying so, India does have a slight edge with the wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. England, if they ensure they don’t lose wickets against these spinners, will be favoured to win.

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    The Crowd Says (11)

    • July 10th 2018 @ 4:13am
      KenoathCarnt said | July 10th 2018 @ 4:13am | ! Report

      India will probly humble the overrated England. Not only do Inida have a great batting lineup they also have a very strong bowling lineup which is something England are definitely lacking. Bumrah out is a big miss though which as usual is a lucky break for England.

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        July 10th 2018 @ 5:33am
        Saurabh Gandle said | July 10th 2018 @ 5:33am | ! Report

        Kenoath ,Why Eng at home are overrated? Didn’t they beat kangaroos home and away.Bumrah missing is big factor.

        • July 10th 2018 @ 7:00am
          KenoathCarnt said | July 10th 2018 @ 7:00am | ! Report

          Australia has been useless in ODI to be honest. England are only decent on flat pitches and their bowling lineup up will not be that effective agaisnt India. Rashid will probably do well but Ali wont have as big an effect considering India can actually play spin. Complete opposite for England they are quite average agaisnt spin and India have 2 quality spin bowlers. It will be a tight series, but I can see India being more dominant, unless England just roll out completely flat roads which wouldn’t surprise me.

          • July 10th 2018 @ 3:40pm
            James Butcher said | July 10th 2018 @ 3:40pm | ! Report

            Ken, Carnt by name…

            • July 13th 2018 @ 2:22pm
              KenoathCarnt said | July 13th 2018 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

              Lol Kuldeep Yadav with 6 wickets… No idea what I’m talking about lol

    • July 10th 2018 @ 8:12am
      Paul said | July 10th 2018 @ 8:12am | ! Report

      Kenoath is 100% right. England are a one dimensional batting side who only have plan A – go all out to make a lot of runs then rely on a very second rate bowling lineup to either frustrate batsmen out or hold them to a total less than England made.

      The third T20 was a mini-ODI from an England perspective. They’ve got a long batting side and a lot of guys in form, but Inidia had bowlers capable of taking wickets. Once they’d got out the top 2 or 3, the rest followed pretty quickly, because they only have one way of playing. India then showed how poor their bowling is with a short form batting masterclass. These same bowlers will play in the ODIs and India will crush them again.

      India simply have too many bowlers and batsmen in form for the 2 short forms.

      • July 10th 2018 @ 3:41pm
        James Butcher said | July 10th 2018 @ 3:41pm | ! Report

        Some very salty Aussies on here…love it.

        • July 10th 2018 @ 8:16pm
          James said | July 10th 2018 @ 8:16pm | ! Report

          Yeah there is quite alot of salt here. I get not wanting to give England credit but at least be a little less obvious about your bias. Especially when the t20 bowler rankings dont at least kind of support you. India has one guy in the top 20 England 4 according to the ICC

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            July 10th 2018 @ 8:30pm
            Saurabh Gandle said | July 10th 2018 @ 8:30pm | ! Report

            Love it.Hahaha.But no ways in England, an overrated team. They have beaten Aus in Australia, Pakistan in UAE, New Zealand at home and away, Bangladesh as well, which isn’t easy by any means.

            So what they play aggressive cricket.They have the number to back up their case.And that’s what it should be going forward.

    • July 10th 2018 @ 2:15am
      Tanmoy Kar said | July 10th 2018 @ 2:15am | ! Report

      Toss will play a vital role no doubt about it, but after looking at the T20I Series one can easily say india will start as favourite. India is the most experienced ODI team in the World and their records are also far better than England.

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      July 11th 2018 @ 9:53am
      Anindya Dutta said | July 11th 2018 @ 9:53am | ! Report

      The ODI series and Test series will go exactly the way the T20 series has gone. This will be an Indian Summer in England. It will then be followed by an Indian Summer in Australia 😃

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