India vs. England 2021
2nd T20I – Sun, 14th March
India Ought to Cut Loose:
As for India, none of their batters, except for Shreyas Iyer, were able to get going on what was a somewhat tricky wicket to bat on. Nevertheless, a better execution is in order from Virat Kohli’s side, who will be eyeing to level the series tomorrow.
Their last total of 124/7 was undoubtedly not going to be sufficient against the power-crammed English line-up. While a lot of emphasis was on India’s marginally inexperienced bowling line-up, it was their betters that let them down in the first game. Virat Kohli will need to come back into form before the crucial international matches this year, while Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul need to get over their rustiness.
Possible playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Washington Sundar, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Axar Patel.
England displayed their strength in the first T20I as the visiting bowlers cemented the way for a spectacular eight-wicket win. Vital to their destinies was Jofra Archer, who took three wickets to blow the Indians. On the batting front, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy were amongst the runs.
England cruised to a complete victory in the first T20I, with 27 balls and eight wickets to spare. Winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, the tourists were ruthless on the ground and with the bat. England appeared to have got their team selection and strategies spot on.
Possible playing XI: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (WK), Dawid Malan, Sam Curran/Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Jordan, and Mark Wood.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
As witnessed in the first game, the wicket is bound to offer help by offering movement off the surface. The pace bowlers, who will get the ball to move and bounce around initially, should slow their speed as the match continues.
There is some value to aggressive stroke play, with Shreyas Iyer and Jason Roy demonstrating how to bat on the wicket. With the wicket not expected to change much across the two innings, both sides will look to bat second. Thus, the toss will be crucial considering the due factor in the second half.
155-165 should be a modest total, with spin bowlers obliged to have a big say in the aftermath of the game.
While England has impetus on their side, India is more than adept at tossing the script in the next match. With a spin-tight bowling line-up in place, the Indians will fancy their odds of flattening the series against the tourists. Either way, another exciting game of cricket expects us on Sunday.
The last game saw how England was proficient in flipping the match odds. Thus, we don’t quite see a massive gap in this game’s pre-match odds. Indians begin as favourites with the odds of 1.80 while the tourists are at 1.86.