Team India found themselves once again at the back seat after the first match of a series and this time around the English side showed great rigor to get to the winning ways and proved why they deserved the World No.1 ranking in T20Is. With four more matches to be played in the series, the second T20I is set to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, this Sunday.
The hosts were completely outplayed by the visitors in the opening match as the Indians could manage only a below-par score of 125 on the board. The top three failed to make any significant contribution and the plan of resting in-form Rohit Sharma did not do any favors to the Indian side. The Indians did win the team selection battle in the longest format but in the shortest format, it was England who got their playing Xl spot on.
The World no.2 side will be hoping they can quickly turn around the things and hope they can level the series 1-1. England on the other hand have been a brutal force in this format and given their performance in the 1st T20I, it could be only fair to say the visitors hold the edge in this encounter.
Can Virat Kohli and Co. once again bounce back to crumble the England side? Or will it be the best T20I side in the world who once again come out the victor?
Match Toss Time: 18:30 Local (13:00 GMT)
Match Start Time: 19:00 Local (13:30 GMT)
Match Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Head to Head
Matches Played- 15, India-7, England-8
The conditions are well in favor of cricket as clear skies are expected throughout the course of the day. The temperature is expected to be hovering in the 31-16 degree Celsius and the humidity at the peak is likely to reach the 18 percent range.
As we saw the previous encounter, the pitch showed dual variation at the starting stages of the Indian innings as spinners managed to keep the ball low at the same time the pacers managed to extract good bounce and pace. The signs of the pitch being unsettled were clearly shown in the first innings. But as we moved on the pitch seemed to have settled and the England side managed to get the flow. We expect this match to be more competitive and keeping in mind the dew factor it would be a no-brainer to bowl first.
Indians made a few tactical errors or we could say blunders by resting their in-form opener, Rohit Sharma. The 33-year old is an exemplary player of the white-ball and he is likely to replace Shikhar Dhawan at the top. The pitch was slightly on the quicker side in the latter stages of the match and playing three spinners did not turn out to be a good plan. Chahal has been leaking runs in the last few matches and he might be replaced with Navdeep Saini for the upcoming encounter.
England on the other hand got their playing Xl spot on and the batsmen too looked in wonderful touch. They have no reason to change their winning combination unless a forced one.
Probable Playing Xl
India (IND): KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan/Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal/ Navdeep Saini
England (ENG): Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
IND vs ENG Fantasy Team
KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya/ Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Washington Sundar, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Shardul Thakur
Captain Picks: Jason Roy (ENG), Rohit Sharma (India)
Vice-captain Picks: KL Rahul (IND), Ben Stokes (ENG)
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