A confident India will take on England in the second T20I at Cardiff on Friday and eye a series win. India have won the first T20I at Manchester by a big margin of 8 wickets and 10 balls to spare. KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav were the architect of the wins. Rahul struck his second T20I ton, while Kuldeep took his maiden five-wicket haul in T20Is. England, on the other hand, would come hard at India to salvage their reputation at home and take the series to the third T20I. Cricwizztakes a look at strengths, weaknesses of India and England and prediction of the second T20I on Friday.
India have been blessed with stroke-makers such as openers – Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. KL Rahul has grabbed the No 3 spot with his brilliant ton against England in the first T20I. They have an in-form skipper in Virat Kohli who is yet to get a big score. Besides, they have Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya in the line-up and it adds great depth to the batting line-up.
In terms of bowling unit, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar form the new-ball pair. Kuldeep Yadav struck with a five-wicket haul and destroyed England in the first T20I. India have all their bases covered.
India can pay for complacency and overconfidence after the big win over England in the first T20I. England would come hard at India and give a tough fight to Virat Kohli and his men. India need to keep the intensity high and continue with the winning momentum.
IND Key Players
India have incredible batting depth, with Lokesh Rahul the current top performer after he hit a 36-ball 70 in the 143-run defeat of Ireland and followed that up with his unbeaten century, off 54 balls, against England at Old Trafford.
Rahul received support from Rohit Sharma (32) and Virat Kohli (20 not out) with the services of Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni – both of whom helped lead Chennai Super Kings to IPL victory – bot even required.
Rahul’s century was not enough to earn the man of the match award, however – that honour went to Kuldeep Yadav after his game-changing 5-24 with the ball. The wickets included tying the dangerous Alex Hales in knots before bowling him, and having both Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root stumped from their first balls.
Kuldeep Yadav also took 4-21 and 3-16 in the two matches against Ireland that preceded this series, while Umesh Yadav has also been in good form, following up his 2-19 against Ireland with 2-21 from four overs against England.
IND Team Form
India have now won their last seven T20 international matches, following up their Nidahas Trophy success – where they won four in a row after losing the first game to triumph overall – with a 2-0 win against Ireland and then the eight-wicket defeat of England at Old Trafford. As well as Ireland, India have won series against South Africa, Sri Lanka (twice), New Zealand and Australia during their current run.
Power-packed batting line-up
England are blessed to have a power-packed batting line-up with the likes of Jos Buttler and Jason Roy as openers. The two had posted a quick fifty-run stand for the opening wicket in the first T20I. Buttler carried forward his good form in the first match, striking a brilliant 69. They also have experienced captain-batsman in Eoin Morgan. They also other impact players in Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Moeen Ali in a star-studded line-up. They are coming off a 6-0 triumph over Australia in ODIs and T20Is and would come hard at India in the second T20I.
Suspect against spin