The strategy of England cricket team has been chalked out for the match against India, today in Cuttack. After their shocking loss in the first match, the England bowlers are already chalking out a plan to dismiss Virat Kohli early in the upcoming matches. Pacer Jake Ball has revealed that there is a plan to use the short ball effectively and disrupt the rhythm of the
Indian skipper when he comes out to bat in the Cuttack ODI.
The plan is to make sure that he is not allowed to settle down quickly, wait for him to hit the ball in the air and get out, just
like how he got out in the first ODI. “Bouncer is something that we try to use. It’s something that they’re not really used to on
their pitches out here. The pitch we played on was a nice, even-paced pitch, something that you could get a good bouncer through.
“Hopefully, the next place will be similar. I think that under the lights where it may skid on a bit more you can use the shorter ball a little bit more. But I think it’s just trying
to mix it up as much as you can… try not to let him get settled and hope he hits one up in the air,“ Ball said.
In case you didn’t know…
In spite of scoring 350/7 in the first innings and reducing India to 63/4 in the chase, England were beaten by 3 wickets in the first ODI at Pune. Skipper Virat Kohli was the star of the chase once again as he scored a fighting 122 and shared a 200-run stand for the fifth wicket with Kedar Jadhav, who backed
his skipper’s efforts by scoring 120.
Allowing Virat Kohli to settle down will make life tougher for England as the Indian skipper has been the main nemesis for the visitors since the start of the tour as he has amassed
777 runs in 9 innings at an average of 111. Seeing the back of the right-hander early will give Eoin Morgan’s men a lot of confidence going into the Indian innings. After getting him out to a slower bouncer in the first ODI at Pune, now the Poms have decided to attack Kohli using the rising delivery in the second ODI at Cuttack. Ball also believes that the short delivery can be a potent weapon, especially when bowling under lights.
So what next?
England will look to bounce back in the second ODI and pull things back in the series while India will look to seal the series going into the third ODI. Though the wicket is set to assist the batsmen, the team winning the toss will look
to field first as dew is expected to play a big role in the evening. A very adventurous match indeed for all the cricket fans out there!