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England v India 3rd T20I Preview



Last Updated on 6 years by Charbel Coorey

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One of the most anticipated bilateral series in recent times is up and running. In the least significant series out of the three (at least I think so), we have already been treated to some wonderful cricket. I’m sure we will be treated to an awesome decider, and the fact it’s on at 11pm Sydney time instead of 2:30am means I get to watch some of the action!

First up in Manchester, India showed their class and gave a stern reminder to England that they are not a weakened Australia. Then, England bounced back in a low scoring thriller in Cardiff; an absolute cracker of a match and one that was full of drama. I can’t wait for what the decider at Bristol has in store for us.

England did the key things right to win in Cardiff. In the first game, they were tormented by spin. In the second, they stepped up. In the first game, India’s top order, led by KL Rahul, tormented them. In the second, they had India reeling. I described Alex Hales as putting in an audition for the Test side in Manchester, but he also bounced back brilliantly to see England home. Can England do it again in the decider?

India were well below their best on Friday but entered the final over right in with a chance of victory. Even on days where the men in blue aren’t at their best, they are difficult to beat, and they will be of excellent nuisance value once again. On a weekend where the belief is growing stronger that “it’s coming home” in the Football World Cup, India are again involved in a cracking limited overs series, so plenty of eyes will still be glued to this one.

Choosing a winner in this game is one tough ask.

Key to an England win

That England won the 2nd T20I without Jos Buttler firing is encouraging. Of course, England possess a side full of match winners in white ball cricket, but seeing others, namely Alex Hales, seeing England home would be a source of confidence heading into the decider.

England negotiated a tricky chase in Cardiff pretty well, and showed that they can avoid a “boom or bust” approach. The same composure is required in Bristol, with ideally Jos Buttler and Jason Roy getting them off to a flyer. They did in Manchester, but then the middle order crumbled. They didn’t in Cardiff, then the middle order prospered. A complete performance will be the order of the day today.

Also, how good were England in ripping through an excellent top three for India? That they allowed India to get to 148 would be a source of improvement, but more powerplay domination can set them up for a series victory.

Key to an India win

Is Bhvuneshwar Kumar a cause for concern among India fans? 
One of India’s finest seamers is having a little bit of a challenging start to the tour. With 12 required by England in the last over in Cardiff, Bhuvneshwar would have been backed by many to get India home. He is an excellent bowler for the occasion, but unfortunately got it wrong. India need to nurture him and keep his confidence up, and a deciding T20 is a fabulous occasion for him to show his class.  
Indeed, Umesh Yadav has been superb in the powerplay overs right throughout 2018, and he will be key along with Bhuvneshwar in getting into England’s line up. Also, can Kuldeep Yadav have a better day? He bowled quite straight in Cardiff, so it might be worth getting it outside the eyeline of the England batsmen this time around. The tactics of Virat Kohli’s men will be very interesting to see.
Also, Shikhar Dhawan is yet to get going in this series, and Rohit needs to rotate the strike more at the top. A powerplay like Cardiff could be fatal for India, but Dhawan, Rohit and KLR have the class and experience to bounce back, and I back them to.

Possible teams

Ben Stokes is back for England, and it remains to be seen who he comes in for. Before the series, my guess would have been Alex Hales. Now, that Hales has played a match winning innings for his side, it could be Joe Root, who maybe isn’t quite sure of his role in the side at the moment.
England possible XI: 1. Jason Roy, 2. Jos Buttler (wk), 3. Alex Hales, 4. Joe Root/Ben Stokes, 5. Eoin Morgan (c), 6. Jonny Bairstow, 7. David Willey, 8. Adil Rashid, 9. Liam Plunkett, 10. Chris Jordan, 11. Jake Ball
I expect India to go unchanged, but one change they could make is bringing in Krunal Pandya to add another dimension to their spin attack.
India possible XI: 1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. KL Rahul, 4. Virat Kohli (c), 5. Suresh Raina, 6. MS Dhoni (wk), 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Umesh Yadav, 10. Kuldeep Yadav, 11. Yuzvendra Chahal

Stats and Facts

  • Rohit Sharma needs 14 runs to become the fifth player to 2,000 T20I runs, and second Indian after Virat Kohli.
  • Here’s a gem from @swapniltalks: Virat Kohli has now gone seven innings without scoring a T20I fifty. It is the joint most consecutive innings he’s played without a T20I fifty.
  • The last T20I game at Bristol was in 2011. Not a bad game to host after so long!


Really difficult one to predict with both teams excellent in limited overs cricket. I will lean towards India as I back their top order to have a better outing.
Promises to be a great clash!

Charbel Coorey
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