India vs. England 2021
3rd T20I – Tue, 16th March
Indian Fiery Debutants:
After a disheartening opening to the series, the Indians returned solid with a remarkable presentation with bat and ball in the second T20I. While the bowlers pushed to their plans, it was the pair of Ishan Kishan and skipper Virat Kohli that cemented the way for an obvious win.
With impetus on their side, Team India will be looking to snatch the plan in this series, although it is easier said than done. India is doubtful to make too many alterations to the team that won the second T20I. Suryakumar Yadav should be included after not getting a chance to bat. Out-of-form KL Rahul is the likely target if Rohit Sharma comes back.
Possible playing XI: Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul/Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Will England Make Changes?
England, who started the series in a refined style, seemed to be trapped in two minds right all through the game. While Jason Roy has quieted his critics, for now, more is anticipated of Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler, with Liam Livingstone puffing down their necks for a beginning berth.
England will be contemplating a few adjustments to get back to successful ways with superior performance. England shouldn’t interfere with their team too much despite the defeat.
Possible playing XI: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (WK), Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan (C), Chris Jordan Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran/Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, and Jofra Archer.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
A challenging wicket awaits the two teams on Tuesday at Motera. Although the surface did play a lot better in the last game, the bowlers got some help as the game progressed.
While the spin bowlers extracted some turn off the wicket, the speedsters, particularly the Indians, made the best of the conditions with off-pace balls. As Eoin Morgan mentioned, the next game’s pitch will be spin-friendly; we shall be expecting the spinners to rule.
Batting is comparatively easier against the new ball, with the surface slowing down a touch as the game goes on. Both sides will look to chase upon winning the toss, with 175 being a match-winning target at this venue.
India retains a side with a mix of youthful and experienced personalities and should go all-out in a strike to win on Tuesday. Either way, one more entertaining match of T20I cricket summons at Motera, with both teams eyeing a vital win in this match.
India looked exceedingly solid in the second T20I, and on a red-soil pitch that they experienced victory on in the Test game, they will back themselves to go 2-1 up. The Indians begin this game as the favourites at the odds of 1.66, while the tourist is at 2.05. This also suggests that the toss hasn’t been the critical factor. However, we could still bet England in a chase. Their fearless batting strength doesn’t hold back in attack and can go all in.