Big stars return for India
- Uncertainty on players that might miss out for India.
- England hoping to go big under new captain.
Skipper Jos Buttler was cleaned up for a golden duck by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first T20I and will hope to set a better base for the middle-order when the teams meet again on Saturday. England were completely outplayed in the first T20I at Southampton, but return to Edgbaston, the venue they created history in during the final Test. England have odds of 1.89 to win the game.
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India, on the other hand, will see quite a few squad changes for this game with several big stars set to return after a while. Virat Kohli will be under pressure to perform in this series after slim returns of late. India have odds of 1.83 to beat England and win the series.
Focus on India’s batting changes
Deepak Hooda has been in fine form as has Ishan Kishan, but the pair might have to sit out with Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant returning to the T20I side. The bowling will also take better form, but it’s the batting changes that will be under scrutiny especially since the incumbents have fared quite well.
Our pick: England are among the best T20I sides in the world and are favourites to beat a slightly muddled Indian team. Back England at 1.89 to win this one!
England might have lost the first T20I, but their batting strength makes them one of the best T20 sides in the world and as such they have a good chance to push an India side that is still pondering over resources that would fulfill certain batting roles.
Keep an eye on…
Virat Kohli: This is a massive series for Virat Kohli whose T20 reputation has taken quite a hit. The former captain will be hoping to make a strong case for the No.3 spot with a good performance this series. He has a good record against England in T20Is.
Jos Buttler: The new full-time T20I skipper will be hoping to make much more than the duck he made the other night and is a key player for England at the top.
TIP: Jos Buttler had an off night, but is in excellent form in the format. Back Jos Buttler at 3.87 to be best match batter for England!