Is India playing bad cricket or England have been just too good? I’ll say it’s a mix of both. The pitch in the first two T20Is was slightly on the slower side thus the batsmen were struggling to get used to its pace but the surface that was used in the previous game was a belter. The ball was coming nicely on to the bat, there was no drastic movement in the air or from the pitch (except for the first couple of overs), yet India could only score 156-6 in their 20 overs. They were easily 30 short of the par score. England bowling was exceptional but the Indian batsmen also need to be blamed for their poor shot selections.
156 was never going to challenge the No 1 T20I team and England, on back of a scintillating 83 from Jos Buttler, cruised to a victory by 8 wickets. So what’s next for the hosts, who face a must win situation to stay alive in the series? India just need to play to their potential and things will fall in place for them. KL Rahul has been very disappointing in the series but we think that India will still continue with him for the remainder of the series. If he and Rohit can get India off to a good start, the hosts will end up getting a challenging total on most occasions. Also, India need to look for an alternative of Yuzvendra Chahal, who’s not looked himself. Virat Kohli can consider bringing in Axar Patel in the playing XI in place of Chahal.
Probable XI India-
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal/Axar Patel
Probable XI England
Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood