India vs England 2016/17, 1st ODI, Pune: Virat Kohli Opts To Bowl, Yuvraj Singh Returns

Rishav Narang / 15 January 2017

New India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and keeping the dew factor in mind, decided to bowl first on a flat deck of Pune in the first ODI of the series. Yuvraj Singh returned to the ODI squad after a brief break of three years as the all-rounder replaced an under-performing Manish Pandey in the squad. KL Rahul was preferred over Ajinkya Rahane. Amit Mishra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were the other two players to miss out on a place in the playing XI.

Keeping the conditions and experts comments in mind, England too decided to go with just one specialist spinner Adil Rashid with all-rounder Moeen Ali. For England, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Sam Billings and Jonny Bairstow missed out on a place in the playing XI.

A score below 290-300 will be easily chased, the cricket experts reckon. So, England will have to get past the 300-run mark in order to put India under-pressure.

India XI: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), MS Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav

England XI: Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Jake Ball, Chris Woakes, David Willey.