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06-Jul-2018 04:52:00 GMT
Eng v Ind, 2nd T20I, Cardiff

India aim T20I series win against England

Cardiff: Fresh from a clinical eight-wicket victory over England, India will aim to clinch the series when they face the hosts in the second Twenty-20 International of the three-match rubber at Sophia Gardens here on Friday.

The Men-in-Blue completely outclassed England in the first game as Kuldeep Yadav's fifer followed by Lokesh rahul's unbeaten ton guided Indian to comfortable victory at the Old Trafford.

Virat Kohli will be expecting another dominant show from his side to set the tone for the long England tour.

On Friday, the Indian team management is likely to stick to the same playing eleven as they will not try to disturb their winning combination.

In batting department, Opener Shikhar Dhawan, who failed in the first match would like to rectify his mistakes in the coming match while in bowling department, pacers were punished in the first 10 overs would like to display some disciplined bowling initially.

On the other hand, the hosts will be desperate to bounce back in the series and would once again rely on opener Jos Buttler, who continued his purple patch of form with another fifty in the opening match.

In order to put a fight against the visitors, apart from Buttler, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan will have to quickly learn to read the spinners.

While England spinner Adil Rashid did a fair job in the first outing, Moeen Ali was expensive and will have to be economical against the spin-friendly Indian batsmen.

The English camp will also miss the services of pacer Tom Curran, who has been ruled out of the remaining T20Is and the ODI series owing to a left side strain.

A loss on Friday will see England drop down to rank seven below New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies, respectively.

Teams from:

Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey

India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Siddarth Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav

Pitch and condition
Mostly sunny weather is expected in Cardiff, with highs of 25 degree C. In the eight matches played at the venue so far, the highest total made has been 182 for 5 that England amassed against Australia in 2015.

Stats and trivia

  • Rohit Sharma needs only 19 more runs to reach 2000 T20I runs.
  • Dhoni needs to score 45 runs more to complete 1500 T20I runs.
  • England are undefeated in four T20Is in Cardiff.
  • Virat Kohli needs to hit seven more fours to surpass Mohamed Shahzad of Afghanistan to acquire the second place on the list of most fours in the history of T20I cricket.

Match facts
Friday 6 July, 2018
Start time: 17:30 local (16:30 GMT)

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