predicted by Shubham Verma
The contest between India and England was expected to be a humdinger and the T20I series has lived up to its reputation. After two matches, the series is locked at 1-1 as both the teams will be looking to give their best in order to win the series. The hosts prevailed in the heart-wrenching thriller the other night courtesy Alex Hales and their bowlers.
England batsmen have found out the way to tackle the mystery spin of Kuldeep Yadav. He was hit for three sixes during his spell in the second match and the youngster will have the challenge to come up with more variations. The visitors also have to find a way to score runs as they struggled for the most part of their innings against the bowling attack of the opposition.
However, the decider by no means will be a cakewalk for either of the sides and the crowd will be thrilled to witness the enthralling contest on the 22 yards. Given the fact that the summer in England in hotter than ever, the spinners of the Asian side might still prove crucial for them. England will have to be aware and keep themselves grounded while facing their 8 overs on Sunday.
The third and final match of the series will be played at Bristol in County Ground where the teams batting second have won all the four contests so far. Expect the team winning the toss to bowl first. As far as the pitch is concerned, it should be flat on which the batsmen of the home side thrive more often than not. Despite the fact that the highest total recorded at the venue is 151, almost all the Women’s T20Is have been played here.
England dropped Moeen Ali after the pasting he received at the Old Trafford and the move reaped rich rewards. The debutant Jake Ball scalped the key wicket of Rohit Sharma to rock the opposition early in the powerplay. England will not make any changes unless there are last-minute injury concerns to any of the player. Their top order is in amazing form with Hales also regaining his touch in the shortest format.
The middle-order is also filled with the hitters like Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow even as Joe Root can play the role of an accumulator in case of a collapse. The bowling attack will be confident of overcoming the best batsmen in the ranks of the opposition much like the way they did in Cardiff.
Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Jake Ball, Adil Rashid
There is no need to panic for the visitors after suffering their first loss on the UK tour. Even they will field an unchanged side with the team management keeping faith on the same set of players. The openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have been kept quiet by England bowlers so far and one of them is likely to go bonkers in Bristol. KL Rahul is class apart and he can win the game for his team on any given day single-handedly.
Virat Kohli also regained his touch with a classy knock as Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni also spent crucial time in the middle to get the feel of the conditions in the last game. The bowlers,
especially, Kuldeep Yadav has to hold his head high after being taken apart in the most important over of the match. Yuzvendra Chahal has been doing his job perfectly as well with the seamers also living up to the expectations so far.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Jason roy (England), Rohit Sharma (India)
Played– 13, England- 7, India- 6, Tie/NR- 0
Broadcast details– Sony Six, Sony Six HD
Live streaming– Sony LIV
Match Timings: 18:30 IST, 13:00 GMT