After a heavy loss in the first match, India bounced back to level the five-match T20I series 1-1. Both the matches have been won by the chasing team, although there are very little signs of dew playing its part. With the third match set to be played in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, all eyes will be on the pitch and if it goes back to its turning best.
One unfortunate change would be that the remainder of the series will be played behind closed doors. With the rising threat of COVID-19 in Western India, the Gujarat Cricket Association has decided to take this step. Will this help England or have the sides been accustomed to these situations now?
A debut fifty from the aggressive Ishan Kishan at the top of the order gave India a perfect platform to victory in the second match. Even Virat Kohli got back to form, while the bowling was led by Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur.
It is tempting to include Ishan in your fantasy team and that may not be a bad idea. Rohit Sharma is expected to be back, so that’s another name to look forward to. Rishabh Pant’s quick runs and tidy ‘keeping is worth a look for your fantasy picks.
England continued to depend on Jason Roy and he didn’t disappoint with another 40+ score. The aggressive opener needs some support for England to prosper. The likes of Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow have sparkled with 20s, but need to carry on. In bowling too, it has all been about Jofra Archer so far.
With the pitch expected to aid spin, Moeen Ali could be slotting into the side at the expense of Tom Curran. His all-round ability should be an asset to your fantasy side. Adil Rashid is another name that comes into consideration and so does Eoin Morgan, who’s due a score!
Fantasy Players to Watch
Jason Roy top-scored for England in both the T20Is in this series. He has six scores of 40 and above in his last ten T20Is and in five of those he went on to top-score for the side. A very safe pick for your team.
Rishabh Pant has been one of the most improved players of the season. Another game in your fantasy team will be mutually beneficial.
Moeen Ali can be the darkhorse pick of this match, considering his all-round value to England.
India: 1 Rohit Sharma 2 Ishan Kishan 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Shreyas Iyer 5 Rishabh Pant (WK) 6 Hardik Pandya 7 Washington Sundar 8 Shardul Thakur 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10 Yuzvendra Chahal 11 Axar Patel
England: 1 Jos Buttler (WK) 2 Jason Roy 3 Dawid Malan 4 Eoin Morgan (C) 5 Jonny Bairstow 6 Ben Stokes 7 Moeen Ali 8 Joffra Archer 9 Chris Jordan 10 Adil Rashid 11 Mark Wood
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