Jos Buttler: Great performance in the first game, we set the tone early with the ball with those wickets and then a clinical chase. It’s a really strong squad we’ve got together. We’ve got a lot of guys pushing each other for places in the XI and the fifteen. Great squad to be part of, lots of fun. It’s always exciting to see those two guys (Jofra Archer and Mark Wood) play alongside each other. Woody consistently bowling over 90 mph was very exciting. Match-winners both of them. Very special (to get crowds in). Against India in India is always absolutely fantastic. Was as excited as I’ve been for a game for a long time.
Bharath: “@saurabh Just a quick question. Do you think Chahal will ever get a chance in tests for India?”
– I think it’s a tough one to break into. Ashwin and Jadeja are guys who would be in an Indian all-time Test XI. Axar has come on like a storm. Kuldeep Yadav’s still in the picture.
Anshul: “I really hope Kohli lets Washy bowl in the powerplay, he can cause the same effect as Rashid caused in the first T20”
Prashant Vats: “Even though I am excited to see Ishan Kishan and SKY in the lineup, but 5 bowlers against these power hitters? Eh! Team selection blunder comments coming all the way :P”
India: 1 Ishan Kishan, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Washington Sundar, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
England: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jos Buttler (wk), 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Eoin Morgan (captain), 7 Sam Curran, 8 Tom Curran, 9 Jofra Archer, 10 Chris Jordan, 11 Adil Rashid
6.30 pm: Virat Kohli has won the toss and India will bowl first. Suryakumar and Kishan in for Dhawan and Axar. Tom Curran in for Mark Wood, who has a niggle.
Silva: “Risky strategy to just have 5 bowlers in a T20 game against power-hitters England. All Indian bowlers need to have a perfect game and it will be interesting to see how Pandya pulls up today. “
Anurag: “Why isn’t Rohit Sharma Playing”
– Anurag, Kohli had said before the first game that Rohit would be rested for the first two games.
Virat Kohli: The track was a bit up and down. As much as we want to try things, we want to get a result as well. We’ve got two changes – Shikhar Dhawan’s missing out this game. Ishan Kishan is going to open for us. Suryakumar Yadav also makes his debut, comes in for Axar Patel. These guys are ready, they’ve done so well in the IPL against world-class bowlers already. That’s the advantage of dealing with youth: You don’t really need to say much to them, just unleash them on the field and back them.
Eoin Morgan: Statistically there is an advantage in chasing in T20 cricket. There is a bit of dew that comes in here, but it comes very early on. I don’t think it’ll be a massively high-scoring game, but a good contest. Great experience for us playing in India before the World Cup. One forced change, Mark Wood has not pulled up too well after the first game, Tom Curran comes in. We want to be as flexible as possible. When you play away from home, you need to have as many options as possible.
Diptarun Sarkar: “Hello guys! Is there a pitch report coming up? Need it to decide my fantasy team. Cheers!” – you’ll find it right below Diptarun. And for all the other Fantasy players, here’s our expert fantasy tips for this game.
Rishi: “Quick question for Cricinfo, how deep do you think the Indian batting lineup should be?”
– In a nutshell, Rishi: like the Marina trench.
6. 24 pm: Murali Karthik and Ajit Agarkar reckon that there is less grass on today’s pitch than there was for the first T20I. “Looks firm,” says Agarkar. Kartik feels it’s a bit abrasive. Both expect it to favour batting more. They’re also leaning towards England’s back-of-a-length bowling tactics persisting. Kartik reminds us there was no dew for the first T20I, but it’s still a bat-second pitch.
We’ve got some big news coming in: Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav have been handed their caps. Looks like two debuts for India today.
Bold move from India, but more than that, they’re showing that the pre-series talk of playing aggressive and free cricket, wasn’t just talk. I did argue after the first T20I that India’s new approach deserved to be given more time to succeed. Clearly, the team management were swayed…
Mohammed Mujeeb: “Heartening to see the caps given to new players and not waiting for lead in the series and handing out debuts in dead rubbers. The new bold Indian Cricket team”
6.09 pm: What worked particularly well for England in the first T20I? Matt Roller has it all for you in this great analysis of how their bowling plans came together.
Darshil: “I would like India to handout couple of debut caps today. Specially to SKY, any thoughts?”
– Darshil, I’d love for Suryakumar Yadav to get a go. But for whom does he come in? Shreyas Iyer’s was the only spot that could have been up for debate, but not after the way Iyer played in the first T20I.
JP Srivastava has found the silver lining for Indian fans in the first match defeat: “The recent habit of India losing the first match in every format and then come back keeps the Indian supporters hope live”
Sanket: “After that failure from India in their new approach of being extra aggressive at the start everyone started to criticize but with the depth they have currently now they can always be extra positive. Let them play with this approach for a while before talking about its failure”
What can we look forward to in this game? Valkerie Baynes lays it out nicely in her preview: India need a rapid response, and everything England touched turned to gold in the first T20I.
6.00 pm: Hello and welcome to our live ball by ball coverage of this second India vs England T20I. The first one was a bit of a damp squib, but that can happen in a T20 game, where there is little time to catch up if you fall behind. These are two excellent sides though, so I don’t think we will see that too often. I’m Saurabh Somani and will be joined by Andrew Miller during the match.