Hello and welcome to India.com’s live coverage of India vs. England 2nd T20I at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. For the first time on current Indian tour, England have a lead under their belt. The visitors won the opening T20I at Kanpur by seven wickets to take an early lead in the three-match series. With England snipping a lead the pressure is on the home side. It is a must-win match for Virat Kohli and his boys. It is a question of survival for them. India’s victory here in this fixture means the series is alive and the third T20I at Bengaluru becomes a virtual final. But for that to happen, the hosts will have to stop confident looking English side. Stay with us as we provide you the live score updates of this exciting game. Also Catch- India vs England 2nd T20 Live Streaming
Build-up: England did well to carry the winning momentum from third and final One-Day International (ODI) at Kolkata. The visiting side dished out an impressive performance to win a second consecutive match on this tour. It was England’s bowling department that laid the foundation stone of the win. Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills combined up front to tame the mighty Indian batting line-up.
Moeen Ali then chipped-in in middle overs to produce a match-winning spell. The spinner picked 2/21 in his quota of four overs as India were restricted to a modest total. On a flat wicket, it was England bowling that walked away with all the accolades.
Superb England bowling was then well complimented by Joe Root and Eoin Morgan partnership. The duo added 83 runs for the third wicket, and that made chase easy for the visitors. While captain Morgan fell on an individual score of 51 runs, Root finished unbeaten four short of his half-century. Also Catch- India vs England 2nd T20I Live Score & ball-by-ball commentary
All in all, it was a complete performance from England. The victory, needless to say, will have boosted them ahead of this encounter. The England camp will be positive and looking to clinch the series here tonight. Morgan and England think tank are unlikely to make any changes to the side. David Willey who missed out in the first T20I due to a niggle might well get an extended rest. And carrying a winning side makes sense.
Adil Rashid did not bowl in the first match, but on Nagpur surface, Morgan will need his services, and thus he is likely to retain his spot. Moeen will look to emulate his performance from the last match on a pitch that is expected to be spin friendly.
While England looks a settled unit, India might tinker with their playing XI. The three-spin attack, Yuzvendra Chahal, Parvez Rasool and Amit Mishra, is likely to be hosts’ first choice. Bhuvneshwar Kumar who was impressive in the preceding ODI series could well be back in the XI, and that means Ashish Nehra will have to sit out. The experienced campaigner was expensive in the last match, giving away over ten runs per over in his three overs. Also Read- India vs England, 2nd T20I Preview: Hosts eye revival against resurgent England
Changes are expected in the bowling department, but same cannot be said for the batting unit. Kohli has hinted that he will continue to open and that means Suresh Raina will be slotted at number three. India can also look to try explosive opener Rishabh Pant, but KL Rahul is likely to get an extended run. Right handed batsman Manish Pandey too is likely to retain his place.
With an aim to level the series, India will be under pressure, but they have the capability to bounce back and that too in style. On the flipside, it is a good opportunity for England to seal the deal here and not leave it for the last match.
There were reports that the boundaries for this match have been stretched and that means batsmen will have to run well between the wickets, giving bowlers a little advantage. Interestingly, India are yet to win a T20I match at this venue. The hosts have played two matches, one each against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, and have lost both of them.
Predictions: Though England start as favourites, but one expects the home side to be more competitive and eventually draw level in the series.