Date & Time: Sunday, September 06, 18:45 IST
What a close shave it was on the other day at Southampton. The England side scripted one of the best comebacks in the game of cricket to stun Australians. From nowhere to sealing a victory by 2 runs, England shook the cricketing world with their incredible bowling and fielding skills.
Despite being restricted to just 162 and pummelled by Australia openers Aaron Finch and David Warner, England somehow managed to pull things back, courtesy of some clever bowling in the back end of the innings. Now, they will be eyeing a series victory by knocking out Australians in the second game of the 3-match series.
On the other hand, David Warner and Aaron Finch stitched a brilliant opening partnership of 98 runs, but none of the other batsmen could make an impact. Marcus Stoinis could not finish off the match after coming out to bat with his team needing only 36 runs in the last five overs. There could be a few changes in the lineup, especially, after such a poor show by the middle-order.
The second T20I also promises to be a cracker of a contest, with both teams having enough reasons to go hard at each other.
Aaron Finch preferred Marcus Stoinis ahead of Marsh and Wade in the last game, which surprised fans and the experts. He didn’t bowl and also failed to make an impact with the bat. It looks like Finch would bring either Marsh or Wade in place of Stoinis to set the middle-order. It would be interesting to see whether Finch sticks with Adam Zampa or not. On the other hand, England might play with the same XI.
Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Mark Wood, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade/Stoinis/Marsh, Steve Smith, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa/Nathan Lyon.
It was a thriller last night, with bowlers coming into play. Though batsmen are dominating the game in the first six overs, slow bowlers and spinners are joining the party as the game progresses. It is expected to be a similar contest once again with pitch slowing down in the middle overs. Toss-winning captain would look to bat first and score anything close to 160-170 to put chasing team under pressure. All in all, an even contest between the bat and ball is expected tonight.
He has to be your first player on the paper because of his incredible consistency in this format of the game. Warner carries exceptional stats to his name and already scored a brilliant fifty in the first game of the series. Thus, we chose him as our must-have player for this contest. He has got PPM of 61 in the last five games.
Yet another batsman, who is in scintillating form for England. He has been exceptional with his batting and learnt the art of adapting to the situation. The flamboyant batsman has got PPM of 67 in the last five games with an MDTA of 1.67.
Finch has got better stats than any other player at this venue. It is where he scored 153 in T20I and also started the series on a fine note. He has got PPM of 58 in last five games with an MDTA of 1.25.
One of the players, who can make an impact with his all-round skills. The all-rounder is carrying the PPM of 77 in his last five games, which is way more than any other player in both lineups. With pitch being supportive, Maxwell is also delivering with the ball.
Bairstow is our big bet player for this contest. He has got decent stats and always been exceptional for his country but unfortunately, he failed to make things happen in the last few games. However, it is tough to keep a good player away from scoring for a long time. We expect him to come good tonight.
Well, he might be one of the best batsmen in the world cricket at the moment but his stats in this format of the game isn’t helping to put him as our captain in any of our teams.