England will face off against India in the third T20 match of their tour of India 2021. It will be a crucial game, as the series stands balanced at 1-1. Whichever team wins this live cricket match will grab the advantage in this five-match series. Both teams will want to do their best to push for a win.
Losing the first cricket match and then coming back in the series to knock the high-riding opponent down seems to be the new fad, this Indian team has been wearing since Australia. A dashing victory in the second T20I match came with a few other packages attached – namely Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur’s economical bowling, Ishan Kishan’s sublime debut, and the most awaited bat raise by the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Ravi Shastri’s team will now come into the next fixture of the five-match series with more than a few boxes ticked and that means they might be tempted to go on with the same group. If Rohit Sharma is included in the playing 11, KL Rahul might have to occupy the bench.
Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Tewatia, Ishan Kishan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Rahul Chahar
It seems like for the first time on their tour, England didn’t complain about the pitch after losing the game. The wicket was slow and the Indians trapped the blistering three lions’ lineup by bowling slower and executing a brilliant change of pace. Morgan would definitely have to make plans for Ishan Kishan, now that he has expressed his intentions quite right. Kohli getting a few of his trademark shots perfect will be another worrying point for England. Speaking of their combinations, Morgan is expected to field the same side. There wasn’t anything particularly wrong the players did in the second game, it’s just the adaptation on a slower pitch that they lacked in.
Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley
India and England have faced each other 16 times in T20 matches. India has won 8 matches, while the Englishmen have emerged victorious in 8 games.
Ahmedabad will see a third consecutive game and as much as there is always a close contest when these two teams play, fans have been missing the high-scoring games. It is a tough choice if one needs to pick one of the top two sides in the format, but the conditions – slow and sluggish – are in favor of the Indians and so Virat Kohli should emerge as the victorious skipper on Tuesday.
Date and Time:
March 16 (Tuesday)
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad