The Decider to the T20 series


Today is the third and final T20I between India and England and also the last match of the pretty long England tour of India. With home conditions favouring India, England would want to leave everything out there to make it a scintillating contest and to finally win a series during this tour, having lost the Test and the ODI series. Eoin Morgan has pointed out a few umpiring errors in the previous match, hoping this series is not decided due to such errors at crucial moments.

The Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore is has a newly built smart outfield. The pitch seems to be a batting paradise and smaller boundaries could produce an absolute run feast. Whoever wins the toss would like to chase, as dew could be the deciding factor towards the end of the match.

Players to look out for:

Virat Kohli – The Indian captain is expected to perform well on his virtual home ground, having played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. As we had seen in the last IPL season, Bangalore brings out the better T20 batsman in Kohli. It has been pleasant to see him open the innings in the T20s, and if he is able to play for majority of the innings, it will surely reflect positively on the scoreboard.

Jos Buttler – The English wicketkeeper-batsman has been quiet for some time now. The hard hitter batsman is likely to be the key player in a decider. With capabilities of clearing boundaries with ease, the England team would want him to fire.

With moisture on the pitch, the teams are likely to replace spinners with fast bowlers. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is likely to replace Amit Mishra and England’s Liam Plunkett likely to replace Liam Dawson. Manish Pandey’s inability to clear the boundaries might force Kohli to bring Delhi lad Rishabh Pant back in the side.

India (probable) 1 Virat Kohli (capt), 2 KL Rahul, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Manish Pandey/ Rishabh Pant, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Amit Mishra/ Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Ashish Nehra, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

England (probable) 1 Jason Roy, 2 Sam Billings, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Liam Dawson/Liam Plunkett, 10 Tymal Mills, 11 Adil Rashid

Coming into the T20 series, England had the momentum by winning the last ODI. India fought back by winning the Nagpur T20 match, thanks to Bumrah’s heriocs. Team India having a psychological advantage as some of the Indian players were very familiar with the ground.  Talking about the English team, Chris Jordan has played most of his matches in Bangalore, while playing for RCB. Apart from Jordan, Morgan and Buttler have also played at the Chinnaswamy stadium. The decider could turn out to be cracking contest, as both teams are competitive and are playing good cricket.

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