Team India roared back in style to level the 5-match T20I series 1-1.
Team India to clinch this match!
Team India produced a dominant performance in the 2nd T20I against England that helped them level the series in style. India, who had looked lackluster in the first match of the series, were near-perfect this time around after restricting England to just 164-6 on a slow wicket and chasing the target down with ease. England’s weaknesses were exposed and since the remaining three matches will be played on the same venue, they might have a few things to worry about. This has been a fascinating showdown between the top sides in T20Is and it will be interesting to see which of the two can now take their momentum forward.
Team India ticked all the right boxes in the 2nd T20I after a poor show in the first game. Their bowlers did an outstanding job on a wicket that was a little sticky. Shardul Thakur (2-29) was the pick of the lot and it was his slower ones towards the end that completely choked England. Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Yuzvendra Chahal were very good, too. Even all-rounder Hardik Pandya returned decent figures (4-0-33-0) which must have given the team management a lot of confidence in continuing to use him as a fifth bowling option.
A target of 165 on a two-paced track wasn’t going to be a cakewalk but debutant Ishan Kishan (56 off 32 balls) took the charge and gave India a much-needed aggression at the start. Captain Virat Kohli too came back to form with a sublime unbeaten 73 off 49 balls that helped India chase the target down with 13 balls to spare. Rishabh Pant’s 26 off 13 balls also showed that India will be adopting a no-holds-barred approach no matter what.
Once Rohit Sharma comes back to the team from the 3rd T20I onwards, the team will look even more dangerous. It will be interesting to see who will be rested in his place.
KL Rahul/ Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal
Virat Kohli, YS Chahal, Washington Sundar, Lokesh Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, SN Thakur
After they won the first T20I in style, England were expected to be even more assertive. However, they had a very poor game in the second match. Once they lost Jos Buttler in the very first over, the other batsmen, barring Jason Roy (46 off 35 balls), couldn’t get going. The likes of Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, and Ben Stokes all struggled to score freely as the Indian bowlers put on some sustained pressure on them. They were 136/4 after 16 overs but could only add 28 more runs in the last 4 overs. That is where they lost the match.
Moreover, the frailties in England’s bowling were exposed by India’s batters. Sam Curran and Jofra Archer bowled decent spells, but Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Ben Stokes, and Adil Rashid all went for runs as the Indian batsmen attacked them from the word go. Tom Curran looked quite listless and England might bring back Mark Wood or Moeen Ali in the next match to give their bowling some teeth.
Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali/ Mark Wood, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid
Chris Jordan, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Eoin Morgan, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan
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|03h||26||0 mm.||3.22 k/h||From: N||0%|
|06h||34||0 mm.||4.37 k/h||From: N||0%|
|09h||38||0 mm.||2.65 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|12h||38||0 mm.||4.76 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|15h||31||0 mm.||5.55 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|18h||29||0 mm.||4.64 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|21h||26||0 mm.||2.67 k/h||From: W||0%|
The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad is proving to be a slow and two-paced wicket. The ball isn’t coming onto the bat that easily and the slower ones are gripping the surface. However, batsmen who can spend some time in the middle will start getting the benefits later on.
The weather in Ahmedabad will be warm and clear with the night temperatures being around 25°C.
Both the matches played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad in this series have been relatively low-scoring encounters. However, in the second innings, batting does appear to be a little easier. Even a little bit of dew helps the ball skid through the surface and comes on a little better to the bat. The team batting first must look to put up a total in the range of 170-plus runs.
As we have already seen in this series, batting second has its advantages on this venue as chasing becomes a little easier by the second innings. The team winning the toss will hence look to bat second.
This is becoming an increasingly difficult series to predict. In the first match, England brought their A-game and blew India away. The home side returned with fire in the next match and showed why they are such a tough team to beat at home. England still have a mighty dangerous batting lineup and can blow India away on their day, but their bowling has a few loopholes that India has exposed. Moreover, the addition of Ishan Kishan has given India the impetus they were looking for. And with Rohit Sharma likely to return from the next game, India will be that much stronger. Their bowling was impressive as well and appears to have got into a nice rhythm as a unit. All of these factors combined certainly gives India the edge for the 3rd T20I.
Team India to clinch this match!