In the India tour of England 2022, the second T20I will be held on Saturday, July 9 at Edgbaston in Birmingham at 7 PM IST. India currently lead the three-match T20I series 1-0.
The Rohit Sharma-led Indian team has bounced back after the dismal rescheduled fifth Test earlier this week. A comprehensive victory over the hosts in the first T20I displayed the Indian team’s form ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. Apart from gaining the 1-0 lead, the visitors will walk into the upcoming game full of confidence due to the return of Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah to the side. The Indian batters commenced the game on a splendid note but their performance was undoubtedly overshadowed by the bowling unit. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh swinging the bowl in the powerplay to Hardik Pandya taking wickets in middle overs, India bundled out England for just below 150. The star Indian opener would look to register his first overseas series victory as a full-time skipper by clinching the second T20I.
On the other end, the in-form Jos Butler, who captained the English side for the first time as a full-time skipper, didn’t get the desired outcome. Saturday’s match will be a do-or-die game for the hosts as they are 0-1 down in the series. A victory in the second fixture will keep them alive and give them a chance to secure the series. The likes of Butler and Liam Livingstone, who flourished in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 didn’t fire in the competitive run chase on Thursday. After getting treated outside the boundary rope in the powerplay, the English bowling unit made a comeback in the death overs and kept India under 200. The top-order batters didn’t provide a good start, which derailed them in the run chase. The England think tank will look to come up with a new tactic to counter the in-form tourists.
India have the upper hand in the head-to-head competition between the two teams. Both sides played against each other on 20 occasions, the visitors won 11 fixtures while the hosts emerged victorious nine times.
In the last outing between the two teams in the shortest format, which took place on Thursday in the first T20I, India won the game by 50 runs.
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