England vs India 3rd T20I: Preview and Prediction

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India will be aiming to win back-to-back T20I series in England

India won the first T20I by a massive margin of 50 runs and is now 1-0 in the three-match series. The third game will take place on Sunday in Old Trafford, Manchester.

After winning the toss and batting first, India scored 198 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the first game. Hardik Pandya top-scored with 51 off 33 balls, followed by Suryakumar Yadav with 39 and Deepak Hooda with 33. Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan were England’s best bowlers, each taking two wickets.

In response, England amassed 148 runs. Moeen Ali scored 36 runs, with Brook and Jordan contributing 28 and 26 runs, respectively. Hardik Pandya was also the star with the ball, taking four wickets in four overs. Chahal and Arshdeep both took two wickets.

Many senior Indian players, including Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rishabh Pant, will return to the Indian squad for the third T20I, while England will be desperate for a win here. Once again, a fantastic game of cricket is expected in the last match of the three-game series.

What have they done so far?

Without the ‘regular’ T20 players in the first T20I, team India batters display great T20 batting intent as they smacked the bowlers for runs without caring about staying in the crease, thus beneficially boosting the run rate in the middle overs. Captain Rohit Sharma gave a good start with a quick 24-ball-14, while Deepak Hooda made a strong case for his inclusion with 33 runs off 17 balls. 

Suryakumar Yadav scored 39 runs off 19 balls while Hardik Pandya was the star with the bat as he smacked 51 runs off 33 balls, notching his maiden T20I fifty. It’ll be interesting to see who will make place for Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and possibly Shreyas Iyer in the final game of the series.

Hardik Pandya starred for India both with the bat and the ball in the first game of the series

Hardik Pandya starred for India both with the bat and the ball in the first game of the series

Just like batting, the bowling was also led by Hardik Pandya as the all-rounder picked up four wickets, including three wickets of the top-order batters. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was lethal with his swing, dismissing England captain Jos Buttler in the very first over for a duck. Arshdeep Singh swung the ball both ways early on and impressed many, but will be replaced by Jasprit Bumrah in the 3rd match.

England batters would look to score heavily with the bat as the top order was dismissed cheaply against India while chasing 199 runs in 1st T20I. Moeen Ali, batting at number 6, was the top scorer for the English team with 36 runs. Harry Brook scored 28 runs, Chris Jordan was unbeaten on 26 while Dawid Malan scored 21. None of the other batters were able to cross the double-digit mark. The likes of Buttler, Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone would look to go hard in the 3rd T20I.

Although almost all the bowlers used picked up a wicket for England and bowled well in the death overs, the middle overs are where the hosts leaked the majority of the runs. Even though they had as many as seven bowling options, they couldn’t halt India to a lower total. Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan picked up two wickets each for England while Reece Topley, Tymal Mills and spinner Matthew Parkinson grabbed one wicket each. 

Head to Head Record

India has a slight advantage over England in men’s T20I internationals. The two sides have played each other 21 times in the format and the Men in Blue have been victorious in 12 of those games. England, meanwhile, has won nine of the encounters played between the two sides.

However, things are totally different when it comes to games played between the two sides in England and Wales. Here, it is the hosts who have an upper edge between the two teams in terms of matches won. England has four of the eight games played between the two sides here. On the other hand, India has won three games.

Key Players

Jos Buttler was dismissed for a duck in the first T20I

Jos Buttler was dismissed for a duck in the first T20I

Jos Buttler (England): Jos Buttler might have been dismissed for a duck at Southampton, but he still has 417 runs to his credit, including the highest score of 101* in the last 10 T20Is. It took a peach of a delivery from Bhuvi to dismiss him. 

He will be feeling refreshed heading into the limited-overs series against India after skipping the one-off remaining Test match against the visitors. The aggressive right-hand batter is expected to set the tone for England at the top of the order.

Hardik Pandya (India): Hardik Pandya was India’s saviour with the bat in the first game in Southampton, scoring a blistering 51 runs from 33 deliveries that helped the Men in Blue post a match-winning total of 198/8. Hardik seems to be clicking just at the right time with the T20 World Cup a few months away.

Predicted Playing XI

England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (C & WK), Harry Brook, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Reece Topley, David Willey, Matt Parkinson

India: Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan (WK), Virat Kohli, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Prediction

As well as they played in the opening T20I of this short three-game series, India would relish returning to Old Trafford, the scene of India’s eight-wicket win over the hosts in 2018. The key to India’s win last time out was dismissing England’s key gun batters in Buttler and Livingstone for no runs and not allowing any other players to accumulate a score. 

The chances of this happening again, particularly on what should be a good pitch at Old Trafford is unlikely when taking into account the strength of England’s batting. Expect a much closer encounter than what we saw on Thursday and whilst India’s incredible winning run under Rohit in T20 cricket cannot be ignored, it’s difficult to write off England on one of their favourite grounds, so consider backing the hosts for this final game of the series.

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