With 1-0 up in the series, India will lock horns with England in the second T20I at Edgbaston in Birmingham on July 9 (Saturday). The return of Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja will put the tourist in a spot as they sit to pick their playing XI for the penultimate game of the T20I leg.
England have never lacked for smarts themselves, with one of limited-overs cricket’s savviest men at the helm. As ever, they have a strapping top-order, but one that has misfired more often than the team would have liked. The likes of Jason Roy and Dawid Malan will need to step up at Edgbaston, especially in the face of a weaker bowling front, if England are to avoid their fourth-straight T20I series loss to India.
For India, the spotlight will be on the charismatic batter Kohli, whose spot in the T20 side looks in doubt. The good news for Kohli is that in his last T20I, in Kolkata, he hit six fours from the first 15 balls he faced, an innings more in line with the current demands of this team.
2nd T20I – England (ENG) vs India (IND)
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Date & Time: July 09, at 7:00 PM IST and 2:30 PM Local Time
Teams batting first have won five of the eight games in the T20 Blast this season. However, a sunny day awaits the two teams on Saturday, in stark contrast to the slew of shortened games that have been played here.
Predicted Playing XI
India (IND): Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Deepak Hooda/Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
England (ENG): Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Reece Topley, Matthew Parkinson
With India fielding a full-strength team, the Men in Blue will be in a better position to win the match and wrap up the series. However, England will not let the visitors go away easily. Jos Buttler & Co are likely to come all guns blazing and level the series.
Betway has also placed their odds in favour of England at 1.95.
ENG vs IND Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Deepak Hooda, Dawid Malan (VC), Liam Livingstone, Hardik Pandya, Sam Curran, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills
Fantasy Team 2: Jos Buttler (VC), Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Deepak Hooda, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Hardik Pandya (C), Harshal Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Chris Jordan
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