England shocked the Indians by a 5-wicket win in the second T20I at Cardiff yesterday. Alex Hales slammed a clean cameo of unbeaten 58 runs off 41 balls. Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan gave a supporting stand to Hales. England managed to put an end to the voyage of seven consecutive T20I wins by India.
The English batsmen had an excellent day with all-round performances. The pacers bowled consistently and the batsmen did a great chase with the support of Alex Hales, who slammed a six for the first ball in the last over of the game to prevent last-minute rush.
Though the Indian side did well, they could not live up to the expectations and these consequences may bring crucial changes in the side for the last T20I tomorrow. On the other hand, England may call for Ben Stokes to strengthen their side with this all-rounder which may cost them Joe Root.
In the game at Old Trafford, Kuldeep played with all his might and collapsed the English Innings with his 5-wicket haul. His effort gave great results and KL Rahul guided the team towards a win by his 54-ball 101*. Apart from Rahul, no Indian batsman did up to the mark in that game.
Yuzwendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya did a brilliant job but they were the unsung heroes of the two games. Hardik Pandya picked two wickets from two games and Umesh Yadav bowled consistently to pick some crucial wickets in both of the games. Bhuvneshwar Kumar also bowled economically and went without boundaries till the last over in the second match. Virat Kohli played the captain innings in the second match and fought his own battle while his partners are collapsing.
There will be no changes in the bowling side of England probably. David Willey, Liam Plunkett, and Chris Jordan will shoulder the pace bowling department. Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali will be the spinners.
India’s Likely XI
Virat Kohli(captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar .
England’s Likely XI
Eoin Morgan(captain), Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Moeen Ali, David Willey, and Adil Rashid.
Bristol is known as a ground for brilliant bowlers and the chasing team will have the more winning chances.