● Match Info
○ Match: England vs India, 2nd T20I, India tour of England, 2018
○ Date:Friday, July 06, 2018
○ Time: 4:30 PM GMT
○ Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
The English had a great start to their innings at Old Trafford in the last match. Jason Roy and Jos Buttler looked aggressive from the start and took chances against the Indian bowlers. It seemed that their golden run against Australia would continue against India too, until the Indian wrist-spinners were introduced into the attack.
Off late, we’ve seen teams struggling to bat against wrist-spinners. The trend was more on display when non-sub-continent cricket teams were involved. The trend didn’t seem to die when it came to the English batsmen. The Indian spinners, Kuldeep especially, spun a web around the England batsmen leaving them clueless.
England will be entering the 2nd T20I with a few issues to address. The batsmen seemed to be in a rush while paying against the spinners which the team management would like to look at. The England bowling line-up lacks tooth. David Willey was the only English bowler who looked to be swinging the ball upfront.All the other bowlers couldn’t generate any swing or seam movement and just hoped for the batsmen to make a mistake, which unfortunately for England, didn’t go in their favour. The England team management need to sit down and take a serious note on this issue sooner rather than later.
○ X-Factor: David Willey
○ Playing XI:
Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan/Sam Curran, Liam Plunkett
India had a near-perfect game in the previous game and would wish to continue the momentum into the second game.
Their batting looks solid with everyone having had ample match time against Ireland and England. The batsmen weren’t really tested in the T20Is against both, Ireland and England. They looked comfortable and played their natural game freely.
The Indian bowling in limited -over formats during the recent past had been highlighted by their wrist spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.Absence of Bumrah is a cause of concern for them, so is the form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Bhuvi has looked off-colour since his injury in the initial phases of IPL. Umesh Yadav who filled Bumrah’s shoes in the first game has looked good. India’s lack of a proper fifth bowler may prove too costly for them on the flat England pitches. The pace bowling department seems to be a weaker link in the Indian armoury which might eventually turn into a stronger suit for them if their frontline bowlers strike form.
○ X-Factor: KL Rahul
○ Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Suresh Raina, Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
● Writer’s Take :
India hold an edge against England due to their comparatively stronger bowling line-up and England batsmen’s fidgety technique against the spinners. England need to take advantage of India’s weak fifth bowling options to put pressure on the Indians and win the game.