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IND vs. ENG: Early Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings suspicious of second ODI

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Englishman Sam Billings (lying on the ground) has treatment on his shoulder after suffering an injury while playing on the field in Pune on Tuesday.

Skipper from England Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings are suspicious of the second ODI against India here on Friday after sustaining injuries in the series, dealing another blow to the country’s campaign.

The visitors failed in their 66-run defeat after the skipper split the lane between the right and the index finger, which required four stitches. In another incident, Billings injured his collarbone after an awkward dive to stop the border.

“We will wait 48 hours and see how it is … give as much time as necessary to hope it will be available for Friday,” Morgan said during the post-match interaction.

Morgan, who scored 22 points while England were drawn for 251 in pursuit of India’s 318, said his wadding would not be 100 per cent, given the injury and the field is also a split tape problem.

Billings, who had sprained his left shoulder to miss his triumphant campaign at the 2019 World Cup, was also killed in the hard pursuit, scoring 18.

“I haven’t talked to Sam about his beating, so I don’t know in his case … It will never be 100 percent with me, but not that I can’t hold a bat,” Morgan said.

Going down 0-1, the world champions face a situation they have to win in the second of three ODIs here on Friday.

From now on, Morgan said, they will give most of their players opportunities, which could mean opening Matt Parkinson, Reese Warm and uncovered Liam Livingstone.

“Cricket ODI is the vehicle to grow our team and try to improve beyond our best XI on the field, so there will be opportunities for the boys to come in,” Morgan said.

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