The first match of the series lived up to its full hype as England shift gears in the dying moments to go 1-0 up in the series. Australia will be eyeing to make a comeback and level terms as they lock horns with the home side in the second game at the Ageas Bowl on September 6 (Sunday). We bring you the fantasy tips from the 2nd T20I of the series between England and Australia.
Although the Eoin Morgan-led side won the game by two runs, both them and Australia will want to fix their middle-order woes. The visitors were in line to go 1-0 up after a blistering start by their openers, however, their inability to finish games have brought the spotlight back on their middle-order.
Glenn Maxwell has been their highest run-scorer in the shorter formats over the last formats. The management will want the likes of Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey to step up with the bat. Prolific run-scorer Marnus Labuschagne can make his debut as Australia look to bring stability in the middle-order.
On the other hand, for England, the absence of Ben Stokes has cost them with Moeen Ali failing to score consistently. The management is trying Tom Banton, usually a top-order batsman, in the middle and can give a few more opportunities to settle down.
Match Timing and Venue
All the matches of the T20I series will take place at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The match will begin at 6:45 PM IST.
The pitch is likely to be drier on Sunday which could even up the balance between bat and ball still further.
The rain has had a major impact on the England summer playing a spoilsport in every game. However, we saw full 40-overs of action in the last match and is likely to be the same. The weather is, so far, playing ball for this series and it’s set to be a sunny afternoon on the south coast.
Australia vs England 2020: 2nd T20I – Fantasy Tips
It is important to pick a balanced side as it will make your team stronger. Now that you can fix your team even after the toss, it makes your job easier.
The openers of both sides have had a massive impact on the first game and they are a must in your fantasy team. Star batsman Dawid Malan will also be a good choice considering his recent form. He reached the double figures in all the innings and crossed the 50-run mark in 8 innings.
Predicted Playing XI
England: Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Tom Banton, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood, Tom Curran.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
Fantasy 11 picks
Captain Options – Aaron Finch, David Warner, Eoin Morgan
Vice-Captain Options – Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow
Batters – Dawid Malan (vc), Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, David Warner
All-Rounders – Glenn Maxwell
Bowlers – Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Kane Richardson, Ashton Agar
The first match witnessed the ball go down to the wires before the home side pulled the strings to go 1-0 up. The second match of the series is also likely to be stunner with the game going till the very end. Although England will be high on confidence, Australia stand a very good chance to pull back and level the series.