The Indian batting line-up was tested by the England bowlers in the first T20I. With Virat Kohli and his men needing to win the 2nd T20I to stay alive in the series, it is likely to be tested again. The two teams have had just a day to turn up for the second game with England leading the series 1-0 and high on confidence. Team India have their work cut out in the second game. More about the 2nd T20I preview in detail below.
India needs to sort out their batting woes in the second game if they are to win the contest. The batting-friendly Motera strip in the first game saw India not score enough runs to challenge the opposition. From selecting the wrong laying XI to Indian skipper Virat Kohli getting out for a duck, nothing went right for Team India in the first game.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli addressed the same in the post-match press conference but said that they will not look to change their intent. In their quest to score quick runs, they managed just 124 which was well below-par to challenge England.
“We just weren’t aware enough of what to do on that kind of pitch. Lack of execution of some of the shots and something we have to address as batsmen. It wasn’t an ideal day on the park. You have to accept your faults and come back in the next game with much more intent and clarity of plan” said Kohli in the post-match presentation.
Their bowling attack needs support from their batsmen. They need to give the bowlers enough runs to play with and be in the game. The likes of Bhuvi, Chahal and Sundar needs a score to bowl India to victory.
England, on the other hand, will look for consistency. They had a near-perfect game in the first T20I and Eoin Morgan’s men played to a set template. Morgan spoke about attacking India with pace which worked to their favour big time.
“That was certainly the intention. Jofra can bowl fast but Mark Wood can bowl super fast. The wicket was as expected. The plans were very basic – to bowl on a length and straight” said Morgan.
Having found the right formula to play in the given conditions with the pitch assisting the England bowlers, captain Morgan would expect consistency from his players. Their batsmen made the chase look easy which also speaks of the ability in the side. The number one T20I side is well on their mission to get themselves prepared for the World T20 later this year.
Head To Head
- Total matches played: 15
- India won: 7
- England won: 8
Pitch & Weather Conditions For 2nd T20I
The Motera pitch had pace and bounce for the bowlers and the England batsmen made batting look easy on that track. The conditions are expected to remain the same suiting the needs of the shortest format and with a lot of batting firepower in both sides. Plenty of sixes will be for the taking for both teams as the ball will come onto the bat quite nicely.
Squads For 2nd T20I Between India & England
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Tewatia, Ishan Kishan
England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Joss Buttler, Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Jonny Bairstow, Jofra Archer