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The second match of the three-match T20I series between India and England will be played in Birmingham on Saturday (July 9). Team India is leading 1-0 in the series. By winning this match, they will go to take an unassailable lead in the series. If India wins this match, then they will win the fourth consecutive T20 series in England. Earlier, he won the series 3-2 in 2021, 2-1 in 2018 and 2-1 in 2017.
India’s star batsman Virat Kohli, who is returning to T20 cricket after five months through this match, will be under tremendous pressure to get rid of his long poor form. Kohli played the last T20 International in February. He has played only two T20Is since India’s poor performance in the T20 World Cup in October-November. During this time he played T20 cricket only in IPL but could not perform well in that too.
Can open with Rohit
Kohli and other senior players are given periodic rest as per the team’s rotation policy. Younger players like Deepak Hooda were given his place and considering his form, it would be difficult to get him out of the team. Hooda, batting on the order of Kohli, scored 33 runs in 17 balls in the first match of the series against England. If he is retained, Kohli will have to open the innings with skipper Rohit Sharma. In such a situation, Ishan Kishan will have to stay out. Kohli scored the last half-century in T20 while opening the innings.
The future rests on performance
Kohli has also been given a break in the five-match T20I series against West Indies. In such a situation, the upcoming two matches against England will be very important considering their future in this format. Kohli has proved himself many times but given the fearless game of the young players, he will have to return to his familiar colors again. Rohit has returned in the first match against England, who could not play the Test match due to Corona infection. Indian players did not play in the traditional style in the first match as this was also the reason for the poor performance in the World Cup. 66 runs were scored in the powerplay and despite the fall of wickets, the runs continued to be scored. India, however, will have to work on the ‘finishing’.
The return of Pant-Jadeja strengthened the batting
Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer have also joined the T20 team. In the first match, India missed a batsman, although the team scored 198 runs. The batting looks strong with Jadeja coming in place of Axar Patel. Bhuvneshwar Kumar impressed with the new ball and now Bumrah will also join him. Arshdeep’s debut was successful but if he is not in the team for the next two matches, then Umran Malik may get a chance.
England has high hopes from Butler-Moeen
Hardik Pandya performed brilliantly with both bat and ball. Rohit will expect better performance from the team in fielding. On the other hand, England team would like to come back after forgetting the loss of the first match. Captain Jos Buttler, who was dismissed on the first ball, will be expected to perform better. The team will also have high hopes from all-rounder Moeen Ali. The hosts will have to put in better efforts to save the series at home.
England : Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Harry Brooke, Sam Curran, Richard Gleason, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, David Malan, Tymal Miles, Matthew Parkinson, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, David Willey.
India : Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan, Rituraj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik.