England walloped India by 8 wickets in the first T20I to begin the series in style.
England start as favourites to win the 2nd T20I.
England started the 5-match T20I series against India in style by smashing the home side by 8 wickets in the first game. India were done in on a two-paced wicket by a far-superior performance from England who looked to have covered all their bases. India, meanwhile, produced a shoddy batting performance that cost them dearly. With 4 more matches to go, and on the same venue, the series could still go either way. However, England have shown they mean business and why exactly they are the No.1 T20I side in the world.
India lost the first T20I against England because of a very poor batting performance. On a slow wicket, they could just muster 124-7 on the board after being put in to bat. That was never going to be enough against a powerful England batting side. India’s problems began at the top when the top three – KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, and skipper Virat Kohli – couldn’t get going and the team was reduced to 27-3 in 6 overs. While Shreyas Iyer (67 off 48 balls), along with Hardik Pandya (19) and Rishabh Pant (21) tried to rescue the team, it wasn’t enough.
Since India has decided to rest Rohit Sharma for the first two games, the onus will be on the top-order to start with a bang in the next match to ensure they get off to a good start. This will be essential to give the power-hitters down the order a good platform.
India’s bowling too looked listless in the first T20I. Axar Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were economical, but India’s main spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal, went for 44 runs in his 4 overs. Hardik Pandya bowled after a long time and looked pretty good which are promising signs for India. The team might look to bring in Deepak Chahar in the next game in place of Shardul Thakur.
KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur/ Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal
YS Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shreyas Iyer, SA Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, SN Thakur
England had the perfect game in the first T20I and they showed why they are such a dangerous force in the shorter formats. They rocked India with a trial by spin and pace right at the start as Adil Rashid, along with Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, pegged the home side back. The other support bowlers like Chris Jordan, Ben Stokes, and Sam Curran too did a fantastic job and curtailed India to a below-par score.
A target of 125 was never going to be much of an issue for a robust batting line up like England and they got there with almost 5 overs to spare, courtesy of a brilliant 49 off 32 balls by opener Jason Roy and good cameos by Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, and Jonny Bairstow. With Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes not even getting an opportunity to bat, England proved that they have enough firepower in their batting unit and India would need to be at their very best to challenge this dangerous side.
Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Chris Jordan, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Curran, Jason Roy, AU Rashid, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||23||0 mm.||2.69 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|03h||24||0 mm.||1.58 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|06h||32||0 mm.||2.68 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|09h||37||0 mm.||1.49 k/h||From: WSW||0%|
|12h||37||0 mm.||4.7 k/h||From: W||0%|
|15h||30||0 mm.||5.33 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|18h||28||0 mm.||4.66 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|21h||25||0 mm.||5.08 k/h||From: NNW||4%|
The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, was pretty two-paced in the first game. Batting through the line wasn’t easy in the first innings and required some patience. The ball was not coming on easily, too. However, once dew sets in by the second innings, things do tend to become easier for the batsmen.
The weather at Ahmedabad will be warm and clear with the night temperatures hovering around 23° C.
As we saw in the first match, the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad is unlikely to be producing many high-scoring matches this series. The track is likely to remain uneven and the team batting first would be in the game if they can put a total of around 160-170.
With dew being an important factor and the pitch likely to be slow, the team winning the toss will be looking to chase. We saw how effectively the template works in the first game.
India is still the home side and they have a habit of making a strong comeback after losing the first match of a series. However, this England side is extremely strong and has got all its bases covered perfectly. They have plenty of options in their bowling and have a destructive batting line-up. India, meanwhile, are missing Rohit Sharma and lack some firepower at the top. Their bowling too looks a little off-color. It will be interesting to see if they can break the shackles and challenge England in the next game. For now, though, it’s advantage England.
England start as favourites to win the 2nd T20I.