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England vs India | Second T20I | Can India clinch the series?

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2nd T20I- England vs India-Can India clinch the series?

England and India will lock horns for the second T20I of the three-match series at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Team India registered their first-ever win against England at the Rose Bowl in Southampton as they  displayed a dominant performance in the first T20I, beating the hosts by 50 runs. The match recorded another milestone as Rohit Sharma became the first captain to win 13 successive T20Is.

The inclusion of Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja will be a huge addition to the team, but the question arises as to who will make way for them. Kohli will be returning to T20I cricket after five months, a duration that has seen him miss ten T20Is, and he will have to be at his very best in Birmingham. The team have been performing impressively, so it will be interesting to see who starts in the second T20I. 

England, on the other hand, will be looking to bounce back from the defeat they suffered in the first game. Their power-hitters failed to perform in the run chase as Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone got out on ducks courtesy of brilliant bowling from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya. Overall, the hosts will have to be at their very best in Birmingham in terms of their batting and bowling in order to prevent India from winning, as a defeat will cost them the series. 

Match details

Match: England vs India, Saturday, 9 July 2022
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham 
Time: 7:00 pm (IST)
Where to watch: SonyLIV | Sony Six

Pitch report

Edgbaston recently played host to the cracker of a game that was the fifth rescheduled Test between England and India. Rishabh Pant’s 111-ball 146 was overcome by brilliant batting and chasing from Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, as England managed to beat India comfortably.

There have been five T20I games played at this venue, all of which have been won by the team batting first, with the average first-team score being 170. The pitch should continue to assist the batters in the second T20I. One must also not forget the short square boundary that the batters often target.

Probable playing XIs

England

Jos Buttler (c & wk), Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tymal Mills, Chris Jordan, Matthew Parkinson, Reece Topley

Bench: Richard Gleeson, Philip Salt

India

Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel

Bench: Umran Malik, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Avesh Khan

Head-to-head

Matches played: 20

England: 9

India: 11

Batter to watch out for: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli will be making a comeback to T20I cricket after a 10-match break. He will undoubtedly be feeling the pressure. Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav have performed marvellously when given the opportunity for the No. 3 spot. However, one cannot forget the record Kohli holds in the white-ball game. While he did suffer a dip in form in the IPL, we all know what the veteran is capable of. It will be exciting to see how “King Kohli” performs on his return to the format.

Bowler to watch out for: Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan was undoubtedly the pick of the England bowlers in the first game. He picked up two wickets and conceded just 24 runs in his four overs. He has been a consistent performer for his team in the T20I format, and with plenty of T20 experience under his belt, Jordan will prove to be a threat to the Indian batters in the second game.

Fantasy XI

Jos Buttler (vc), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Dawid Malan, Suryakumar Yadav, Harry Brook, Hardik Pandya (c), Moeen Ali, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Chris Jordan

Match prediction

It will be interesting to see how England bounce back from the huge defeat they suffered in the first game. Jos Buttler and his team have to make a comeback and save themselves from losing the series, whereas India will be on top form.

With momentum on their side, I fancy Team India winning the second T20I and seal the series win. 

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