Date: 09 July 2022
Time: 07:00 PM IST
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
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After a winning start to the T20I series against England, the Men in Blue would now want to continue the winning momentum under captain Rohit Sharma. The Hitman will have some of his senior resources available at his disposal for the remaining two fixtures in the series and will look to play with the same intent that was displayed by the visitors in the series opener.
Meanwhile, Jos Buttler's England would look to bounce back after being completely outplayed in the first game in Southampton. The action shifts to Birmingham for the second fixture where not too long ago England registered a historic win over India in the rescheduled fifth Test. Lots to look forward to then from this match set to commence at 07:00 pm (IST).
This is yet another high-scoring venue in England which means that the batters can play their strokes through the line of the ball and trust the bounce on the surface. In order to deceive the batter in these conditions, the bowlers will need to be on top of their game. Otherwise, expect another high-scoring match at this venue, especially with some of the finest stroke players in white-ball cricket set to play this game- the likes of Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma, Jason Roy and Virat Kohli among others.
The hosts will certainly be confident of a better show in the second T20I and will view their performance, especially with the bat, in the series opener as an aberration. Not every day will captain Buttler get out for a golden duck and when he remains on the pitch, the Three Lions are bound to get some quick runs in the powerplay. Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone and Dawid Malan too are big names in this format and on their day can make a mockery of even the best of the opposition bowlers.
It is the England bowling that looks a little inexperienced. Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan are the only experienced names in that line-up along with the off-spin of Moeen Ali. Other than that, the English bowlers have less experience at the international level and could face the heat of bowling to the likes of Rohit and Virat upfront and Hardik and Dinesh Karthik at the backend.
SportsTiger Playing XI of England
Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (c and wk), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Reece Topley, Matthew Parkinson
India will be strengthened with the addition of senior players, especially in their bowling department. With the likes of Jasprit Bumrah joining the side, suddenly the Indian bowling looks sharper and with the form of Hardik Pandya with the ball and bat, he certainly seems more valuable than a fifth or a sixth bowling option.
The resurgence of Yuzvendra Chahal also seems encouraging. In the batting department, all eyes will be on Virat Kohli who has struggled to get runs and with the youngsters making use of their chances, there will be mounting pressure on the ex-India captain to perform. It will be interesting to see how the team accommodates both Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav in the XI or chooses to go ahead with only one of them. Rishabh Pant also makes a comeback to the side.
SportsTiger Playing XI of India
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk)/Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
After getting that win in their first T20I as well as their captain back at the helm India look like a different side. Moreover, they will have a better and more experienced bowling attack in the second T20I than the opponents. Based on these factors, it looks like India will be able to win this series.
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