Bowling looks strong for India
- England batters look clueless in the powerplay.
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar setting the template for India.
India are in good form after two back-to-back wins to seal the series and will head into the third T20I hoping to further their preparations for the T20 World Cup. They have odds of 1.83 to beat England and complete a rare series whitewash.
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England, on the other hand, have struggled to come to terms with India’s bowling strength, especially in the powerplay and sorely need their skipper Jos Buttler firing. They have odds of 1.89 to pull back a win, but a lot of it is riding on how the top order fares against the new ball.
India’s powerplay game
India have upped their intent in the powerplay overs, notably with bat and ball. They start off quicker than usual with Rohit Sharma leading the way and with the ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been the pick of the bowlers with wickets in the first over consistently.
Our pick: India are strong with their powerplay batting and bowling and are favourites to win. Back India at 1.83 to win this one!
England only need Jos Buttler firing to turn around their fortunes but India have done quite well to keep him quiet on multiple occasions now. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has dismissed him five times in 32 balls in T20Is.
Keep an eye on…
Virat Kohli: After making just 1 run on his comeback, the noises are starting to get louder on Kohli’s place in the T20I XI. With Deepak Hooda, who recently smashed a T20I hundred, on the sidelines, Kohli will be under pressure to perform this game.
Jos Buttler: Buttler has fallen to Bhuvneshwar Kumar twice this series already, but if he can manage to get past the new ball bowler, he could cause significant damage.
TIP: Jasprit Bumrah is back up and running and is easily one of the best bowlers in this format. Back Jasprit Bumrah at 3.87 to be best match bowler for India!