India man-handled England in the first T20 and were looking to wrap up the 3 match T20 series in Cardiff on Friday night but England bounced back with a strong performance with both ball and ball to level the series. The final T20 match scheduled to take place on Sunday – 8th July in Bristol will now be a series decider.
Indian Openers Struggling To Give Team Good Start
R Sharma and S Dhawan have been a great opening combination for India in the shorter format at home. However, they struggle when they play outside the Asia as the bounce and swing does makes it difficult for them to play their shots. The openers have failed in both T20 matches so far and India will need to make a decision if they should promote KL Rahul up the order and bring R Sharma to the middle-order.
This is because V Kohli has been sacrificing his number 3 spot and giving it up to KL Rahul. Kohli is the best batsmen in the Indian side and it is not in the best interests of the team for him to be playing at four. India struggled in the second T20 to find the boundary and were restricted to 148. That was never going to be enough and England won with 5 wickets remaining.
England Learning From Their Mistakes Quickly
If India were looking to bamboozle England with wrist-spin, they might have to rethink that strategy. K Yadav and Y Chahal had the better of the England batsmen in the first T20 but the English squad programmed the bowling machine to replicate K Yadav as much as possible and it worked.
They played both wrist-spinners in the second T20 a lot better and only lost 1 wicket in their 8 overs. India are also without the services of J Bumrah and will need to use a 6th bowler in case one of the 5 regular bowlers have an off-day on Sunday.
In a statement, Kohli said “They played Kuldeep really well today, and that was the difference in the middle overs this time. They did their homework and played Kuldeep really well. Need to get back day after. The format is cruel. Gotta brush it aside, had a good game, but England were better than us.”
England Captain Eoin Morgan was happy with his side’s comeback and praised them for the character they showed in fighting back. India will want to win the T20 series and take that momentum into the ODI series which starts on 12th July in Nottingham.