England vs India 2018, 2nd T20I: Hits and misses

India are unlikely to tinker with their playing eleven

India are unlikely to tinker with their playing eleven

"That total isn't defendable when a guy comes out and plays like that on a small ground".

The tourists therefore wrapped up the first series of their long tour with eight balls to spare as Rohit hit 11 fours and five sixes to become only the second batsman, following New Zealand's Colin Munro, to bag a third hundred in this format. The match would be streamed live on Sony Liv. He was the lone performer in their team as Durham fell short by 44 runs against Yorkshire, chasing 201 runs as per reports in The Times of India (TOI).

The match begins at 6.30 pm IST. In all, they have been unbeaten in bilateral T20I series since September previous year.

In front of another sell-out crowd, dominated by Indian support, England was exemplary with the ball after skipper Eoin Morgan had won the toss and paceman Jake Ball supplied an early breakthrough.

England are now playing a three-match T20I series versus India.

The big question facing England is how to contend with the unorthodox wrist spin of Kuldeep Yadav.

"Kuldeep bowled really well in the last game - but in this one, they played him more carefully". Pacer Umesh Yadav was the only sucessful bowling, scalping two wickets.

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All-rounder Stokes missed the recent ODI series against Australia with a hamstring injury and has sat out the first two 20-over games against India. Kumar has struggled of late and has just three scalps under his belt in his last five T20I innings.

He dismissed Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, the returning Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow to pick up his best figures in any T20 cricket and after conceding 22 off his first over.

However, Alex Hales led from the front in the second contest to help England keep the series alive. Rohit Sharma is batting on 67 off just 36 balls.

"Ben's obviously a fantastic player, and there will be a hard decision to make". He's played a lot for us - he's one of our highest runscorers, a very experienced campaigner.

Like Roy, Hales edged a cut, but Morgan's dismissal was more memorable as Dhoni held a mistimed skier in the popping crease - knocking over the stumps in the process. "We have made calls like this in the past and we will make the call for the benefit of the team and put out our strongest XI".

"An innings like that tonight makes him a pretty strong case for the next game".

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